After being off the radar for a few seasons, it looks like we’ll have more than enough Ronald D. Moore on the small screen soon enough. The latest? The epic fantasy series Outlander.
Based on Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling book series, the TV project would be produced by Moore (Battlestar Galactica) for the cable network Starz. The show has been slogging through development for a while now, but the network has finally decided to pull together a writing staff — meaning they feel pretty good about the direction Moore has in mind. If that's the case, a straight-to-series order could be coming soon.
Deadline is reporting that Moore has recruited some of his old pals for the series, including Toni Graphia (Battlestar Galactica) and Matt Roberts (Caprica). He’s also tapped Ira Behr (Alphas, The 4400) and Anne Kenney (LA Law, Switched at Birth) to round out the writer’s room.
The book series is a genre-spanning fantasy epic, blending everything from action to period drama to romance. The books follow World War II combat nurse Claire, who is accidentally sent back in time to the year 1743.
Considering HBO’s success with George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones, it makes sense Starz would want to try out an established fantasy series. Of course, Moore is also prepping the new Syfy series Helix, so he should be busy the next year or so. Thank goodness, because he’s definitely been missed.
Does Outlander sound like a project you’d check out?