Ronald D. Moore is officially a showrunner again.
The Starz network announced today that it's given a 16-episode series order to Moore's adaptation of Outlander, the bestselling fantasy series by Diana Gabaldon. Moore will serve as writer and executive producer for the series, which will shoot in Scotland this fall for a 2014 premiere. So, just a few months after we got the encouraging news that Moore was mustering a writing staff, the show is a reality.
"We are thrilled to be bringing Outlander to Starz next year," said Chris Albrecht, CEO of Starz. "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 Outlander novels -- which tell the story of Claire Randall, a combat nurse in 1945 who is suddenly swept back to 1743 Scotland -- have sold more than 20 million copies and frequently appear on the New York Times bestseller list. The eighth novel in the series, Written in My Own Heart's Blood, is due out in March 2014.
“I'm very excited to have the opportunity to bring these books to life," Moore said. "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."
So, between this and the forthcoming Syfy series Helix, which he's executive-producing, it looks like 2014 will be a very good TV year for Moore.
Will you be watching Outlander when it premieres next year?