Ron Moore Developing Outlander Adaptation For Starz

After his (unlucky) failure to get 17th Precinct beyond the pilot stage last year (we still reckon it should have gone to a series), Battlestar Galactica exec producer Ron Moore is back in the TV fray. He’s had two shows in development recently, and for a while it looked like his small screen remake of A Knight’s Tale was the one most likely to hit the screens first. But now, suddenly, it’s his adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling fantasy/romance/adventure Outlander series of books that’s on the front burner.

Deadline reports that US network Starz has closed a deal with Moore and Sony Pictures TV (which acquired rights to the books in the summer) to develop Outlander. Moore, who is under contract to Sony Picture TV to develop projects for cable, will write the series adaptation.

Set in Scotland, Outlander is about Claire, a married WWII combat nurse, who is accidentally transported back to 1743 and marries, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior and nearly gets killed for being a witch. Unashamedly a romance, it’s nevertheless set against a grim, adventure background.

The seven Outlander books have sold over 20 million copies between them. with an eighth novel imminent.