Spielberg in Talks for Dinosaur Show ‘Terra Nova’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:27 pm,

With Jurassic Park 4 in a perpetual state of pre-production, Steven Spielberg may be set to get his dinosaur fix elsewhere: a Fox TV series entitled Terra Nova.

According to Variety, Terra Nova follows a family from 100 years in the future who travel back in time 150 million years to the strange and inhospitable environs of prehistoric Earth.” Spielberg, along with FOX chairman Peter Chernin is in talks to executive -produce the upcoming sci-fi family-drama.

Though nothing is solid yet, 20th Century Fox is looking to make some quick moves in order to get Terra Nova into the program line-up, possibly foregoing a traditional pilot. Due to an exceptionally costly production budget for the show (i.e. elaborate sets and visual effects), Fox is looking to green-light the series outright, in order to prevent the costly shut down of production for several months.

Confusing time-acrobatics aside (of future people going into the past), maybe it’s not quite yet time for a Land of the Lost-style reboot. I mean, it hasn’t even been a year since Will Ferrell and the Sleestaks tested the man vs. dinosaur waters – and subsequently drowned.

Hopefully, if nothing else, Terra Nova will keep another Jurassic Park film away from theaters – at least for a little while longer. I say this as a fan of the first films,but we all know the franchise was running on fumes.

More on Terra Nova when we hear it.

Source: Variety

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  1. I haven't seen it, but from what I've heard, the failure of “Land of the Lost was not so much the subject matter as it was its execution (pun intended!).

    A primal adventure would work if properly set up. The big hurdle for this will be the WHY.

    If they're going back by choice, what purpose? Research? Seeking a vital element now extinct? What's the reason?

    If they're going back by force, what sent them? (and how will they distance themselves from Gilligan's crew and others?)

    The setup will make or break this show.

  2. Hmm…Im guessing the American version of Primeval will never happen now if this does indeed work.

  3. This is a bad idea and this is why:

    A) Even as great and advanced as CGI is, it is still expensive especially for a weekly TV show. A big-budget TV show has to mainatain a huge audience to stay on the air no matter how good it is. Case in point are the orginal Battlestar Galacteca and Seaquest. Both were big budget shows that couldn't make it because they needed to keep to large an audience on a regular basis to justify their cost.

    B) If they find a way to keep teh costs down it will almost certainly mean that the image of teh show suffers and it will look like a slightly updated version of Land Of The lost. Can you stop motion?

    C) Spielberg will bail. Once the newness is gone and the show doesn't retain the top spot of all shows on a regular basis, Speilberg will move on and someone else who has less sway and power to get stuff approved/done will have to take over and things will go from disappointing to real bad quick.

    As much as I'd like to see soemthing like this I think its a recipe for failure in our decade. Perhaps in 5-10 years when great CGI is cheap something like this will be doable.

  4. Is he going to have Shia Lebeouf star in it too? He ruins it for me in every film. Plus been burned too many times by Spielberg in recent past (A.I., Minority Report, War of the World, Indy 4). I'm done with Spielberg as a director. Maybe not as a producer but then again Transformers 2 was pretty awful. And those black stereotype portrayed in those 2 robots was insulting. Out with the old. In with the new.

  5. I'm the biggest Spielberg fan in the world, but this is a bad idea.
    First of all I'm not big on dinosaur stuff.
    Another thing… “Land of the Lost”. Enough said.
    Also like someone else said… This is going to cost way too much money. You can't use big budget CGI for a weekly TV series. It ultimately fails. These big budget shows never work out, and you don't really need them. Look at some of Fox's biggest shows: Glee, Family Guy, American Idol, The Simpsons… Do any of them have massive eye-popping effects? Nope. They don't need them. Save the CGI for the movies.

  6. I'm the biggest Spielberg fan in the world, but this is a bad idea.
    First of all I'm not big on dinosaur stuff.
    Another thing… “Land of the Lost”. Enough said.
    Also like someone else said… This is going to cost way too much money. You can't use big budget CGI for a weekly TV series. It ultimately fails. These big budget shows never work out, and you don't really need them. Look at some of Fox's biggest shows: Glee, Family Guy, American Idol, The Simpsons… Do any of them have massive eye-popping effects? Nope. They don't need them. Save the CGI for the movies.

  7. I'm the biggest Spielberg fan in the world, but this is a bad idea.
    First of all I'm not big on dinosaur stuff.
    Another thing… “Land of the Lost”. Enough said.
    Also like someone else said… This is going to cost way too much money. You can't use big budget CGI for a weekly TV series. It ultimately fails. These big budget shows never work out, and you don't really need them. Look at some of Fox's biggest shows: Glee, Family Guy, American Idol, The Simpsons… Do any of them have massive eye-popping effects? Nope. They don't need them. Save the CGI for the movies.