Starz continues to look for its next big shows which will make it a force in the pay channel drama scene, especially now that Spartacus has wrapped for good. They’re setting their eye on Outlander, an adaptation of a book series by Diana Gabaldon, which is a sci-fi adventure that has romantic and historical elements.
The man for the job? That would be Ron Moore of Battlestar Galactica fame. He’s set to write and produce the series for Starz, and has just received a greenlight from the channel. Chris Albrecht, CEO of Starz comments on the network’s picking up of the show:
“We are thrilled to be bringing ‘Outlander’ to Starz next year. 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.”
And in case that rather broad description doesn’t really tell you all that much about the show, here’s the official description of the book, which still doesn’t give too much away.
“The year is 1945. Claire Randall is traveling with her husband when she touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is hurled back in time to a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of our Lord 1743. Catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, she soon realizes that an alliance with James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, might be the only way to survive. Thus begins a work of unrivaled storytelling that has become a modern classic.”
Sounds intense, and there’s always more room on TV for good sci-fi. Hopefully this qualifies.