Starz in association with Sony Pictures Television announced today that director John Dahl (DEXTER, BREAKING BAD) has signed on to direct the first two episodes of the highly anticipated original series OUTLANDER. The series will be adapted from Diana Gabaldon's international best-selling books, with the first two episodes written by executive producer, Ronald D. Moore (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION). OUTLANDER is set to premiere on Starz in 2014.
The OUTLANDER series spans the genres of romance, science fiction, history, and adventure in one epic tale. It 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.
Dahl has most recently directed episodes of Showtime's DEXTER, HOMELAND and RAY DONOVAN, as well as FX's JUSTIFIED, HBO's TRUE BLOOD, and AMC's BREAKING BAD. He has previously worked with Ronald D. Moore on BATTLESTAR GALACTICA and CAPRICA. His feature film credits include Rounders, You Kill Me and The Last Seduction. He also wrote and directed Red Rocks West.
Dahl is represented by UTA, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Hansen Jacobson.
Diana Gabaldon's seven-book series has sold more than 25 million copies worldwide and has graced the New York Times best-sellers list six times. The eighth installment of the OUTLANDER series is slated to be released in the spring of 2014.
Ronald D. Moore and Jim Kohlberg are executive producers of OUTLANDER which is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Story Mining & Supply Company and Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television. The series will begin filming in Scotland this fall.