Written by Kris Heys Tuesday, 17 July 2012

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Ron Moore

Given the stellar job writer/producer Ron Moore did resurrecting the beloved eighties series BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, achieving the impossible by winning the property an even bigger fanbase, it’s natural that anything he decides to put his hand to we’ll be right there. This time Moore is swapping sci-fi for fantasy with an adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s popular time-travel romance series, OUTLANDER (aka CROSS STITCH in the UK). 

There’s currently seven of the darn things (and I must admit I've not read one of them) so there’s plenty to mine from should the first series find an audience.

To save me embarrassing myself trying to ham-fistedly explain the plot, here’s a synopsis from Gabaldon herself (lifted from her official site)…

'…In 1946, after WWII, a young Englishwoman named Claire Beauchamp Randall goes to the Scottish Highlands with her husband, Frank. She’s an ex-combat nurse, he’s been in the army as well, they’ve been separated for the last six years, and this is a second honeymoon; they’re getting re-acquainted with each other, thinking of starting a family. But one day Claire goes out walking by herself, and comes across a circle of standing stones—such circles are in fact common all over northern Britain. She walks through a cleft stone in the circle….and disappears. Back into 1743, where the first person she meets is a gentleman in an 18th-century army officer’s uniform. This gentleman, Jack Randall, looks just like her husband Frank—and proves to be Frank’s six-times-great-grandfather. Unfortunately, he also proves to be a sadistic bisexual pervert, and while trying to escape from him, Claire falls into the hands of a gang of Highland Scots, who are also trying to get away from Black Jack Randall—though for other reasons.

In order to avoid being handed over to Captain Randall, Claire is obliged to marry one of the young clansmen. So she finds herself trying to escape from Castle Leoch and her Scottish captors, trying to get back to her husband Frank, trying to avoid being recaptured by Captain Randall—and falling in love with Jamie Fraser, the young man she’s been forced to marry…'

Sony Pictures TV will produce the show, which will be shopped around networks from next week.

Source: Deadline

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