In a piece of news that will come as no surprise to anyone who’s watching it, Outlander – Starz’ time-travelling adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s fantasy series, created by Ronald D Moore and starring Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan in the lead roles – has had its immediate future secured with the news that it will continue for at least a third and fourth season.
Impressively, the show has continued to go from strength to strength despite a sudden switch in location from Scotland to France – even gaining a number of Golden Globe nominations in the process. With six more books present to pillage from, there’s still plenty of source material left, with third and fourth instalments Voyager and Drums Of Autumn looking like they will provide the basis for the TV series.
CEO of Starz, Chris Albrecht, said of the news, “Outlander is like nothing seen before on television. From its depiction of a truly powerful female lead character, to the devastating decimation of the Highlander way of life, to what is a rarely seen genuine and timeless love story, it is a show that not only transports the viewer, but inspires the passion and admiration of its fans. On this 25th anniversary of the publication of the first book in the US, we are thrilled and honoured to be able to continue the story that began with author Diana Gabaldon, and is brought to life by the incredibly talented Ronald D Moore. There are no better storytellers for Outlander than this team, both in front and behind the camera.”
“The world of Jamie and Claire is expansive and emotionally complex. The audience has rewarded Outlander with their praise and loyalty, and we know we will deliver the best seasons yet in the years ahead,” said Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, Presidents of US Programming and Production and Sony Pictures Television. “Starz has been an incredible partner and has truly helped shape this into one of the most iconic premiere series on the air today.”