Ron Moore's Outlander Adaptation Secures More Writers
Adventure seems to be the name of the game for Starz. The premium cable network has taken its time in its efforts to establish its identity with its original programming, but looking at Spartacus and now Da Vinci's Demons and the upcoming pirate drama Black Sails, adventure seems to be a common threadů also swords. Among the projects in development for Starz is a series adaptation of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander. The popularity of the series alone may be enough to draw an audience, but factor in Ron Moore's involvement and we have even more reason to hope this one earns itself a green light at the network.
Deadline says there's no green light yet, however they're speculating that Starz is eying the adaptation for a potential straight-to-series order, which wouldn't be so out of the ordinary for Starz. Deadline is basing this theory on word that Moore, who's likely best known for rebooting Battlestar Galactica with great success at Syfy (or then, Scifi), has hired four writers to work with him on the Outlander project.
Written by Diana Gabaldon, Outlander begins in 1945 and centers on a married woman, Claire Randall, who served as a nurse during World War II. While traveling with her husband, she finds herself transported back to Scotland in the year 1743 when clan wars have torn apart the country. Her path crosses with James Fraser, a warrior who might be her only chance at survival in this drastically different setting.
Joining Moore in developing the potential series are Toni Graphia (Battlestar Galactica), Matt Roberts (Caprica), Ira Behr (Alphas, Crash) and Anne Kenney (Greek). Looking at their credits, it seems Moore has some experience working with some of these writers, and Behr has some experience writing for a Starz show.
I haven't read the book yet, but the setting makes it sound like a great fit for Starz, and as a fan of Ron Moore and Battlestar Galactica, I'd love to see what he does with a pay-cable series. It'll also be interesting to see who's cast to star, should Starz opt to move forward with this project.
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