Starz Confirms Outlander 16-Episode Order

StarzWell, Outlander fans, now it’s official: Starz has issued a press release confirming their order for 16-episodes of Ronald D. Moore’s drama based on Diana Gabaldon’s series of novels. It will start filming in Scotland in the fall and air next year. From the press release:

“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.”
Moore added, “I’m very excited to have the opportunity to bring these books to life. 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.'”

Excited? Wary? I am both.

Starz Reportedly Orders Outlander Series

Though I haven’t seen any official announcement, Deadline is reporting that Ron Moore’s adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander books is in fact going to series at Starz. Outlander is about a WWII nurse who accidentally travels back to the 1740s, where she winds up in the middle of all sorts of adventures and falls in love despite being married in her 1940s life. There’s no word on casting yet, but I’ll let you know as soon as there’s news. Excited about this, book fans? Worried? Who would be your ideal Claire or Jamie?

Outlander Gets a Writing Staff

This is not an official green light or anything, but hey, positive steps: Deadline reports that Ron Moore has hired four writers for his Outlander adaptation at Starz: Ira Behr (Star Trek: TNG/DS9, Alphas), Toni Graphia (BSG, Grey’s Anatomy), Anne Kenney (L.A. Law, Switched at Birth), and Matthew Roberts (Caprica, Hellcats). Starz often orders things directly to series, so that might be what they’re considering here. Fingers crossed!