It looks like Diana Gabaldon’s time traveling Outlander book series has found a TV outlet and will be moving forward in development. After buying the rights to the book series, Sony Pictures TV has worked out a deal with the subscription cable network Starz to develop the drama project. Battlestar Galactica creator Ron Moore is still attached to pen the adaptation for television.
Back in July, it was announced that Sony Pictures TV had bought the rights to the book series with the hopes the company could find an outlet to adapt it to TV. As a Ron Moore fan, I had high hopes for the series, but without a solid network lined up, it seemed like the Sony/ Ron Moore project might land on the pile of book adaptations that go nowhere.
Luckily, this doesn’t seem to be the case. According to Deadline, Jim Kohlberg’s Mining and Supply Co. is set to produce the project. The series will follow a woman named Claire who steps back in time from 1945, ending in 1743. While a time traveling component is complicate, Claire will also find herself torn between two lovers in two very different time periods.
Outlander is only the newest in a slew of series Starz has in the works to broaden its programming initiative. Other projects and series in the works include Black Sails, Da Vinci’s Demons, Marco Polo, and The White Queen. TV Blend will keep you posted if the Outlander project continues to move forward at Starz.
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