Battlestar Galactica showrunner adapting Outlander novels for TV

Ron Moore is taking Diana Gabaldon’s popular historic fantasy series to the screen on US cable network Starz

Former Star Trek scribe Ron Moore, who found fame with his critically acclaimed re-imagining of Battlestar Galactica, is set to bring the best-selling Outlander novels to the small screen, can confirm. 


Moore will write the drama serial based on Diana Gabaldon’s hugely popular historic fantasy – a seven book franchise (an eighth instalment is due out in 2013) that has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide since its original release in 1991.

Published as Cross Stitch in the UK, the series spans fantasy, drama and romance and tells the story of Claire Randall – a married World War II combat nurse who on her second honeymoon mysteriously travels back in time to Jacobean Scotland. There she faces action, adventure and the affections of a young Scottish warrior who tears the heroine’s heart between two irreconcilable worlds.  


The series, which is being co-produced by Sony, is one of numerous historical dramas being developed by the network, which also produces the hit Spartacus series. It’s also Moore’s latest foray into the fantastical. After cutting his teeth as a writer of Star Trek follow-ups The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine, he won critical acclaim for the short-lived HBO series Carnivale before finding worldwide fame off of the back of his re-imagining of the camp seventies space opera, Battlestar Galactica.