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With the huge success of HBO's Game of Thrones, it seems all the other cable channels are similarly sprinting to find their own literary based blood and boob fantasy-fests. First up is Starz, who have just greenlit a 16-episode adaptation of Diane Gabaldon's Scottish travel-travel-athon, Outlander, (which is definitely not to be confused with that other Scottish time-travel-athon, Highlander).

The series will be written and exec produced by Battlestar Galactica executive producer Ron Moore and is slated to premiere some time in 2014. Starz CEO Chris Albrecht had this to say about the upcoming series:

We are thrilled to be bringing Outlander to Starz next year. Diana has created an incredibly compelling heroine, thrust into a very complex world, not to mention, time. The books weave a fascinating tapestry of history, spirituality, love and honor, not to mention plenty of time travel, sex and warfare. With Diana's stories guiding us and Ron's mastery, we hope to bring Claire and Jamie to life for the millions of fans the world over.

Ronald Moore himself 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 has created seven Outlander books which combine the genres of romance, science fiction, history and adventure into one massive Celtic time jumping tale. Here's the official synopsis courtesy of Starz:

[Outlander] follows the story of Claire Randall, a married 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.

Gabaldon has sold over 20 million copies of the Outlander series and has appeared on the New York Times best-seller no less than six times. No casting news yet, but with Game of Thrones currently hiring every actor in Britain, will there be anyone left to play Claire and Jamie?

What do you think? Are you familiar with the Outlander story? Are you glad to see it get a small screen adaptation? Let us know below.


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