Battlestar's Ron Moore bringing time-traveling Outlander to TV

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Jan 14, 2013, 2:52 PM EST

Looks like Starz has made a major coup not only by getting the rights to air a series based on Diana Gabaldon's bestselling Outlander novels, but also by nabbing Battlestar Galactica's executive producer, Ronald D. Moore, to write it.

Having already had large success with Spartacus, it's not a surprise to see Starz taking on this particular franchise. Following the astonishing life of Claire, a World War II combat nurse who somehow finds herself stepping backward in time all the way to the year 1743, Outlander already has a sizable fanbase and seven novels (with an eighth on the way) to its credit.

The mixture of time travel and fantasy with a fair amount of historical fiction and romance mixed in has the potential to pull in a pretty varied audience. Plus, it's set in Scotland, and there's nary a man nor woman alive who can argue with epic battles along the Highlands and men with kilts.

Ron Moore makes a great choice considering how well he's handled complex character drama in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Battlestar Galactica. That prowess for balancing high-concept universes with rich personal stories could very well make Outlander the next Game of Thrones.

(via Deadline)

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