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.