Starz Orders Ronald D. Moore’s ‘Outlander’ TV Series

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Ron Moore Outlander Starz Orders Ronald D. Moores Outlander TV Series

About a year ago, we reported that Ronald D. Moore, the godfather of SyFy’s successful Battlestar Galactica reboot, was adapting the Outlander book series for television. Moore would be working with Sony Pictures Television, who owned the rights to the books, and would pitch the concept to networks.

Now, Starz has made it official: the premium cable channel will partner with Sony to produce the series, and has ordered an initial season of 16-episodes. The show is to begin filming this fall in Scotland, for a premiere date in 2014.

The show will be based on the seven-book series by Diana Gabaldon, and “spans the genres of romance, science fiction, history, and adventure in one grandiose tale.” Read the official synopsis here:

It follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie Fraser, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate affair is ignited that tears Claire’s heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

Star Trek Generations 18th Century Navy Holodeck Scene Starz Orders Ronald D. Moores Outlander TV Series

Scene from ‘Star Trek: Generations’

It’s a fittingly high-concept project for Moore, whose deep sci-fi background on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine made him the perfect person to retool Battlestar for a modern audience. He had this to say about Outlander:

“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.’”

While Battlestar had its share of romance (and one could even argue it’s “historical revisionism,” given the series’ ending), Outlander‘s mesh of time travel, romance and implied swashbuckling might lean closer to Moore’s Trek days than anything else, given that show’s tendency to skip through many genres.

Gabaldon’s books has sold over 20 million copies worldwide, and there is a whole offshoot series of spin-offs and companion pieces, which should provide plenty of material. Given the fan base surrounding both Moore and the books, this will be an interesting project to watch, and is another entry into Starz’ aggressive attempt to expand their original content. Their latest series to bow is The White Queen, which just began its run and looks like a quality show.


Expect more details on Outlander as they become available.

Source: Starz


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  1. I absolutely loved BSG. For some reason though anytime I watch a starz something is just a little off. Either the production or overall execution. But I have heard of this series and it sounds interesting.

    • Spartacus was incredible.

      They have my full attention.

    • I thought Shakystar Crapotica was… Well my nickname for it says it all: empty, badly made, horribly directed and with the pretentious rantings of Ron Moore on every newspaper claiming he’s doing a brilliant show even though nobody was watching it (perhaps because of the shakycam and video images).

  2. Sounds like it could be interesting but I was hoping this had to do with the Jim Caviezel film Outlander.

    • Agreed. I think that would have been more entertaining on how many directions they can go. It just seems like Starz is trying to find the next big “Spartacus” series and thus far it’s just not working. I think Starz felt like they were the reason for the success of that show instead of the actual creators/producers/writer/actors. Di Vinci is a joke and Magic City is alright but doesn’t have the same impact that Spartacus did. The White Queen from all indication seems like a rip-off series of The Tutors. Black Sails looks promising but we shall see when it gets closer. So far apart from Spartacus and Boss Starz hasn’t been all that impressive in the series department

  3. I thought Spartacus creator Steven Deknight was creating a sci-fi series for Starz called INCURISION a mix of halo/band of brothers? I guess that series is dead. Spartacus could’ve still be continuing into a 4th and possible 5th season. Stupid Starz

    • NO.

      It was perfect that they ended Spartacus for good when they did, before the series had a chance to go stale or do something stupid. Plus, Spartacus was dead… Hard to keep doing a show called “Spartacus” without, well Spartacus himself. This isn’t prison break. They can’t kill Spartacus again.

      Their only chance to stay in the Spartacus universe was to do a spin off with Ceasar… which i admit, would be awesome.

  4. If they do not cast a Scottish actor for the part of Jamie, you might as well not produce the show. The die hard Outlander book fans have definite ideas about their hero and heroin and to use a non-Scottish actor would be an insult to all of us. Only a true Scotsman could bring forth the personality of the Scottish people to the screen. Of course, my vote is Gerard Butler in the part of Jamie but his movie contracts may prevent his participation; anyone else would be a disappointment…And please stay true to the coloring of the characers….a black headed Jamie wouldn’t get it done either.

    • While I completely agree that the part of Jamie Fraser must go to a Scotsman to be acceptable to discerning fans, I must respectfully disagree that Butler would be in any way a suitable choice. Other than the fact that he is Scottish, he does not fit any of the character descriptions–and he’s far too old to play the 23-year-old Jamie Fraser as we meet him in Outlander. I’m sure he is also too pricey a property for a TV series. I shake my head every time a fan mentions Butler as their Jamie. Perhaps it’s that I’ve been reading the series longer than Butler has been a star–or perhaps it’s just that he does not fit Gabaldon’s description anymore than an American actor like George Clooney would be suitable for a character like Christian Grey.

      I’d love to see the nod go to an unknown Scottish actor–a true ginger (or at least fair haired) with real slanted blue eyes. You can’t simply dye the hair of a brunette and give him colored contact lenses and get our red-gold-haired hero–the coloring would be all off.

  5. Screen Rant, The White Queen is an original BBC TV Drama. It’s first episode was already broadcasted on the BBC One. The Starz has only the broadcasting rights for U.S.A., and nothing else.

    • Starz is a co-producer of The White Queen, albeit a junior partner to the BBC on the project. That is a step up from just having “broadcast rights.” It has already been admitted in the UK that there will be explicit scenes in the Starz version of the show that the BBC did not want in their version.

      • In other words, they got their name on it by buying broadcast rights. It’s a little game networks just love to play to make it look like they’re actively producing more than they really are.

        More Hollywood smoke screen.

  6. One more crappy Ronald D. Moore show… No thank you.

    Sadly all we’ll get from this is more pretentious, award-seeking writing that will be hyped in the press.

    What a horrible waste of money.

    No wonder Hollywood is quickly collapsing on the weight of its hot air.

  7. Ron D. Moore has done some outstanding work. Rena, you seem very negative about him. Is it personal?

    …from Nova Scotia… on this amazing sunny August day

    Can’t wait to see the Outlander TV series –who Claire will be?