• “The smartest historical sci-fi adventure-romance story ever written by a science Ph.D. with a background in scripting 'Scrooge McDuck' comics.”—Salon.com
  • A time-hopping, continent-spanning salmagundi of genres.”
    —ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
  • “These books have to be word-of-mouth books because they're too weird to describe to anybody.”
    —Jackie Cantor, Diana's first editor

It’s Official!

STARZ GREENLIGHTS NEW ORIGINAL SERIES “OUTLANDER”

FROM “BATTLESTAR GALACTICA” EXECUTIVE PRODUCER RONALD D. MOORE

Network Will Team up with Sony Pictures TV

Series Based on Diana Gabaldon’s International Best-Selling Novels

Beverly Hills, Calif., June 25, 2013 – Starz Chief Executive Officer, Chris Albrecht, announced today that Starz will partner with Sony Pictures Television to greenlight “Outlander,” an original series adapted from Diana Gabaldon’s international bestselling books. The network has ordered 16 episodes of the series which will begin filming in Scotland this fall. It is slated to premiere in 2014.

The series adaptation for “Outlander” will be written by Ronald D. Moore (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation”). Moore is best known for his work on “Battlestar Galactica,” which won him a Peabody Award in 2006. Ronald D. Moore and Jim Kohlberg are executive producers of “Outlander,” which is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Story Mining and Supply Company and Left Bank Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television.

“We were drawn to ‘Outlander’ because it centers on a complex heroine who becomes immersed in an epic time-traveling tale,” said Starz Chief Executive Officer Chris Albrecht. “Ron Moore is the perfect showrunner to bring the rich world created by Diana Gabaldon, which generated a global fan following, to life. We are thrilled to partner with Sony Pictures TV on this project.”

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.’”

Diana Gabaldon’s seven-book series has sold more than 20 million copies and has graced the New York Times best-sellers list six times. The eighth installment of the “Outlander” series is slated to be released March 25th, 2014.
The “Outlander” series spans the genres of romance, science fiction, history, and adventure in one magnificent tale. It follows the story of Claire Randall, a married British combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie Fraser, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate affair is ignited that tears Claire’s heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

Starz will retain all domestic multiplatform pay TV rights to the original series.

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  1. Dear Diana,

    uh, what a shock! To have strange men looking at me from the front of your page – and to read then that Frank/Jack Randall looks /this way/ and that Jamie… ooooh, no! If I had only had the choice! Never, ever in my life would I have looked voluntarily onto pictures of the characters of my favourite series in books! *laughs about herself* You know, that’s what I like most about books – and about your books especially – is that and how you paint all these lovely pictures, sometimes soooo detailed – and that nevertheless I am still able to imagine them myself.

    Yes, I can imagine that many of your readers who are looking forward to seeing a miniseries (or whatever) want to see the faces. But to be honest: I would be sooo grateful if you had allowed me the choice! And I will try to forget the pictures, and hope to be able to open the next book and find “my” Jamie and “my” Frank. ;-)

    Would you please be so kind to consider taking the pictures down from the front page and just leaving big, shiny, sparkling links to them, easy to find for those who want to, easy to avoid for those who want to? Same thing if there’s a Claire.

    Last question – and I know how this must be getting on your nerves, sorry! – amazon states the german translation of MOBY will be out at February 8th and the english original by March 25th – they are making these dates up again, aren’t they?

    Thank you for reading – and thank you soooo much for writing. (Not here, of course. *g*)

  2. Dear Diana,

    Sam Heughan is going to be a gorgeous Jamie. I just watched “First Light” and he was great. I will be looking for his other movies/shows.

    Not to put down the others voicing their complaints but . . . can anyone else really claim to do the amount of work you obviously do. You probably never sleep. Take all the time you need and by all means keep those pictures of “Jamie” coming. In the meantime, I will just keep listening to your audiobooks. Its much easier on the eyes, lol.

    Thank you so much. Cyndy

  3. Dear Diana,

    First, I must mention that I have read through many of the posts above and find it extremely disappointing to find many readers (most likely who happen to be readers with no writing experience) rudely chastising you for not having the book out on the shelves at the very moment when they need it most. You should not feel, ever, that you must justify your schedule, your writing, or anything else that is personal and intimate in your life. Your books, your stories, and even your research is that for you, personal. Yes, perhaps you may wish to apologize for misunderstandings and such, but please don’t let these judgmental people discourage you.

    Second, I cannot post here without telling you that your books have changed my life. Literally and in every sense of the word, changed my life. I won’t get into that here, but I do wish for you to know that you have made a positive and eventful affect on my existence. I hope that I am able to accomplish that most profound goal in my life before it is my time to leave. What’s more is that I know that I am not the only person who feels this way.

    Next, and finally, I have an opportunity to write an article for an online book magazine and I will be writing about your ‘Outlander’ and the transformation of the book to the ‘small-screen’ as I like to call it, and the affect of this on the reader. I hope that my story is one that you would be please with seeing in the virtual world. If you would like, I could allow you to review it before submission.

    Thank you for your inspiration, dedication, and beautiful writing,

    Susan

  4. I have followed your books since Outlander first came out. I have loved and cryed with them all. How many more books after “MOBY” and when do you think we can expect Jamies Parents story? I think you should tell eveyone who get in your face about how fast books come out to walk a mile in your shoes.I have been waiting since 1991 for this story to end, i can wait alittle longer. You amaze me with all the details and i cant wait to read about Jamies parents and the story of Dougal and Colum and who hit Jamie over the head. It has been a fun 12 years and look forward to many more of your stories.

    Thanks for the ride
    Shannon

  5. Diana,

    I also am a new, and completely glued to your books, fan, I know that the first comment that you received from (“Mr Mark), do seem very inconsiderate, I kind of understand, I am now on book 4, I am so hoping when I have reached the last book, the next one will be ready for purchase, he’s a huge fan.
    Can’t wait to see it on tv,, congratulations on all of your hard work, it is in your books, Love Love your writing,and I am in Love with Jamie, as well as 20-30 million other people, please do not stop writing!

  6. Diana

    1. I have re-read the series a number of times. Each time it is new. Each time I discover something that focus my attention. This time I find myself fascinated by the craft inherent in the way you use language. I also amazed that Claire is a vibrant personality for me without my having a clear physical picture of her. I have a sense of what see might look like physically rather than an crystal clear image of her. I think it fine writing craft to accomplish this – creating vibrancy and immense life in a character without tying the character down to a specific physical image.

    2. I just realized you were in Fergus in August. I live just down the road in Elora. Guess that is what I get for not following you more closely on the web.

    3. I write to my own sense of standard too. Bravo for you doing what makes sense to you and giving your fans a place to express their disappointment as they wait. “Waiting increases the sharpness of one’s appetite”, at least it does for me.

    Regards

    Roelf Woldring

  7. Diana, I am a very recent convert to your Outlander series. My cousin knew that I love time travel books, so she told me to read Outlander. I have been hooked ever since. I started reading Outlander at the first of January, this year, 2014, and I have finished that and all of the remaining books, and also Scottish Prisoner. I have read several posts where people are upset over publication dates. I don’t think it’s that they are upset, but rather that they just can’t wait!!! I know I can’t wait to see what happens next. Please keep them coming. I will most likely die, though, having to wait 3 years in between books. Lol

  8. Cricky , give the woman a break.
    It’s a book people, not a life saving operation …… Good things take time, patience is a virtue etc etc
    Here’s a concrete pill……so you can harden up

    Will wait with patience and decorum till the new book comes to New Zealand x

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