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Starz and Sony Pictures Television Team Up to Greenlight Series

Starz announced today they would team up with Sony Pictures Television to greenlight new original series “Outlander.” The show is adapted from Diana Gabaldon’s international bestselling book series and is set to premiere in 2014.

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The seven-book story has made the New York Times best-sellers list six times and will be turned into a 16 episode series. “Outlander” follows the story of a married combat nurse who is mysteriously swept back in time into an unknown world where her love life is turned upside down after being forced to marry a Scottish warrior while still married to her husband in real time.

“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 adaptation will be written by Ronald D. Moore who is also the writer of two Star Trek movies (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”) Moore won the 2006 Peabody Award, an award that recognizes service by broadcasters, cable and Webcasters,  for his work on “Battlestar Galactica.”

Not only is “Outlander” to be written by Moore, but he is also executive producing it with Jim Kohlberg.

“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,” Moore said.

The series will begin filming in Scotland this fall.

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