It's official; "Outlander" is coming to Starz. The network has ordered 16-episode freshman season of the new drama, which is developed by "Battlestar Galactica" executive producer Ronald D. Moore based on Diana Gabaldon's best-selling novels.
"We are thrilled to be bringing Outlander to Starz next year," says Starz CEO Chris Albrecht. "Diana has created an incredibly compelling heroine, thrust into a very complex world, not to mention, time."
Albrecht adds, "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 chimes in, "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."
"Outlander" novel series, which has sold more than 20 million copies, follows British Army nurse Claire Randall from 1945 who mysteriously goes back to 1743. During the magical travel, she encounters "Black Jack" Randall, a British army officer who bears striking resemblance to her husband in the 20th century, Frank Randall. She, however, is forced to marry young Scottish warrior Jamie Fraser in the 18th century.
Moore will write the TV show in addition to serving as executive producer along with Jim Kohlberg. Filming will begin this fall in Scotland for a 2014 premiere.