Over three weeks ago Starz greenlighted “Outlander” to series and made a 16-episode order. Now, the network’s making it official.
The adaptation of “Outlander” from Diana Gabaldon’s successful book series will be written by Ronald D. Moore (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation”). Moore won a Peabody Award for his work on “Battlestar Galactica” in 2006.
Moore and Jim Kohlberg will exec produce, and “Outlander” is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Story Mining and Supply Company and Left Bank Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television.
“We are thrilled to be bringing ‘Outlander’ to Starz next year,” Chris Albrecht, CEO of Starz, said. “Diana has created an incredibly compelling heroine, thrust into a very complex world, not to mention, time. The books weave a fascinating tapestry of history, spirituality, love and honor, not to mention plenty of time travel, sex and warfare. With Diana’s stories guiding us and Ron’s mastery, we hope to bring Claire and Jamie to life for the millions of fans the world over.”
Moore also said, “I’m very excited to have the opportunity to bring these books to life. Diana’s created a rich and textured world filled with intriguing characters, and I believe that Starz is the perfect home for her story. I think we’ll make something that the millions of fans of these books will enjoy and recognize as ‘Outlander.’”
Sixteen episodes of the series were ordered, and filming will begin in Scotland this fall. It will premiere in 2014.