Life after “Battlestar Galactica” may now continue for Ronald D. Moore.
The acclaimed developer and executive producer of the signature Syfy series is set to take on a fantasy romance project based on the “Outlander” novel series from author Diana Gabaldon. It’s a project that Sony Pictures Television expects to pitch to cable networks as early as this week, according to Deadline.com.
“Outlander,” which is not related to the 2008 film flop that starred Jim Caviezel, was first released in 1991 by Gabaldon, and involves an accidental time-travelling World War II combat nurse who lands in 18th century Scottish Highlands. The nurse, Claire, is forced to marry a warrior, which creates a love triangle that only science-fiction could tell.
It was the first in a series of seven, which in total sold more than 20 million copies. And Gabaldon is not done quite yet — she is planning to release an eighth book next year.
Gabaldon released a sequel to the book, “Dragonfly in Amber” a year later, and “Voyager” in 1993. It would take a little longer for “Drums of Autumn” to be released, getting its kickoff at the end of 1996, while fans had to wait for “The Fiery Cross” until 2001. “A Breath of Snow and Ashes” was released in 2005, followed by “An Echo in the Bone” in 2009.
The upcoming novel is known as “Written in My Own Heart’s Blood.”
Interesting enough, “Outlander” is actually inspired by classic “Doctor Who.” Gabaldon once said she saw an episode of the BBC show called “War Games” on PBS which featured a young, teenaged Scot from the 18th century. He would be the inspiration of her Scot, James Fraser.
The book was first released in England with the title “Cross Stitch,” but was renamed “Outlander” when it arrived in the United States a short time later.
Moore is best known for developing the current version of “Battlestar Galactica,” which became a Peabody-winning series for Syfy that launched at least one spinoff, “Caprica,” and a pilot for a second spinoff, “Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome.” He got his start in “Star Trek: The Next Generation” as a writer, who quickly rose up the ranks to producer, helping to shape the critically acclaimed TNG spinoff “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.”
After a brief stint with “Star Trek: Voyager” (and co-writing the 1994 film “Star Trek Generations”), Moore would work on “Roswell” and later the HBO series “Carnivale.”
He produced a broken pilot last year with “17th Precinct” for NBC. He also had broken pilots in the form of “The Wild Wild West,” “The McCulloch” and “Virtuality.”