Starz has given the green light to Ron Moore's new drama Outlander, the network announced Tuesday.
Based on the book series from Diana Gabaldon, Outlander follows Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743 and forced to marry Jamie Fraser, a young Scottish warrior.
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Battlestar Galactica's Moore will write and executive-produce with Jim Kohlberg. "I'm very excited to have the opportunity to bring these books to life," Moore said in a statement. "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."
"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."
The 16-episode series, which will begin filming in Scotland this fall, is slated to premiere in 2014. Will you watch?