After months of speculation, Starz has officially announced that the TV adaptation of Diana Gabaldon's bestselling series, Outlander, will have a 16 episode opening season. Ronald D. Moore, of the 2004 Battlestar Galactica remake, will be adapting the 8 novel series. From the Hollywood Reporter, Moore says
“I'm very excited to have the opportunity to bring these books to life," said Moore. "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."
Moore has his work cut out for him. Adapting a series of novels into a TV show is no small feat, ask the writers of Game of Thrones. Visual media suffer from many limitations that novels do not, such as not being able to easily read character's mind or follow internal monologues. If anyone can do it, it is the man that turned the cult loved, but generally not very good, Battlestar Galactica into a modern hit.
Outlander involves a nurse from post World War II England travelling back in time to 1743, where thousands of pages of adventure occur. There are currently 8 full novels in the Outlander series, and Gabaldon has three more already announced. If these initial 16 episodes are successful, I suspect we will have plenty of Time Travel/ Historical Drama TV to keep us satisfied, since there is loads of source material for Moore to work from.