It’s now been three years since Ron Moore wrapped up his acclaimed and occasionally controversial remake of Battlestar Galactica, and over a year since Caprica died, but fans are still waiting for his next big TV project. There have been near misses like the Virtuality one-off and the abortive 17th Precinct TV series, but nothing that’s had any legs. Now Moore’s name has popped up attached to a TV adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling Outlander novels, and maybe this will be the project that finally sticks.
Deadline reports that Moore will write the project, and the series will be shopped around to cable networks next week. Not to be mistaken with the 2008 flick starring Jim Caviezel, Gabaldon’s Outlander series centers around a WWII British army nurse named Claire who finds herself inexplicably transported to 18th century Scotland. While trying to make sense of her temporal dislocation, Claire meets — and eventually marries — a young Scottish warrior named Jamie. Amongst other things, this raises the question of whether or not it’s cheating if it occurs chronologically prior to your marriage, and in fact several centuries before your spouse will have been born.
Launching with the 1991 novel of the same name, Gabaldon’s Outlander series has continued through six other books and sold over 20 million copies. If the show finds a home, it won’t be the first time Moore has overseen a period drama; he previously served as exec producer and showrunner on HBO’s two-season series Carnivale. That said, I’m not overly familiar with the Gabaldon books, but the pairing of Moore and a romance-heavy series of historical fantasies seems a bit odd. I’ll give Moore the benefit of the doubt long enough to at least check the show out…assuming it makes it to air, that is.