Stephen Lang: ‘Terra Nova’ Inspired By ‘Avatar’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 7:05 am,

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The May premiere for the upcoming Steven Spielberg TV project Terra Nova is drawing closer, and the stars are finally letting more information loose. In an interview yesterday, Stephen Lang (Col. Quaritch in Avatar) said that the prehistoric creatures would take inspiration from James Cameron’s biggest blockbuster.

Lang told TV Guide that the dazzling color scheme of Pandora was a direct inspiration for the landscape and monsters on Terra Nova. He said that designers were using “the colors of a peacock on creatures that will be every bit as exotic and alluring. They’ve created some really fetching stuff.”

Leading man Jason O’Mara talked about new bird-like dinosaurs nicknamed “Slashers,” created by applying the latest developments in paleontology to the show’s creature design. According to O’Mara, the Slashers will feature striking purple, blue and red feathers – not unlike some of the recent artists’ updated imaginings of  Jurassic Park‘s trademark velociraptors. O’Mara told TV Guide, ‘This is the first time we’re going to see, in an entertainment context, what dinosaurs actually looked like.”

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Terra Nova takes place on ancient Earth, where a community of settlers has traveled back in time to escape the squalor and pollution of the planet’s future. Stephen Spielberg is the executive producer and Brannon Braga (Star Trek: The Next Generation, 24) is serving as the showrunner. Speculation on the project’s similarity to Avatar have run rampant since its announcement, and the casting of Stephen Lang only intensified the comparison.

In other news, Fox released a new teaser spot for the series. Terra Nova is scheduled to premiere in May, so expect more and more looks into its prehistoric world between now and then. The new spot doesn’t reveal much more than the Superbowl trailer, but this is just the first in what’s certainly going to be a long promotional cycle.

Watch the teaser spot:

Terra Nova is shaping up to be the television event of the summer – if not the year. While the producers are smart to capitalize on Avatar‘s massive media footprint (almost $3 billion can’t be wrong), the story, setting and drama seems to be different and compelling enough to win its own set of fans.


Terra Nova premieres on Fox this May.

Source: TV Guide, Collider

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  1. Hey it’s FOX, it will be canceled within 3 weeks ;o)

  2. Lang definitely needs to play the Superhero Cable before he gets too old for the part!

    • definitely.he looks exactly like cable,even if he can get old it will nt affect the image

  3. Looks pretty cool, im down, and @ Mongoose, I agree Lang would be great as Cable.

  4. Stephen Lang revealed that some of ‘Terra Nova’s’ eye-popping visuals and colors are directly influenced by a certain previous film of his, James Cameron’s ‘Avatar.’

    And the award for the most obvious statement goes to………

  5. Hey look it’s Avatar meets Jurassic Park.

  6. Stephen Lang on the juice could kick Arnold’s scrawny old old woman looking ass

  7. Looks intriguing, but in my opinion Brannon Braga was responsible for screwing up both the Star Trek franchise and 24, so I have no great hopes for this. Unless FOX pulls the plug prematurely, I’ll wager Terra Nova, in one season, will become just as unwatchable as 24 was its last two.

  8. Fox i think from the trailers for terra nova i think it will be one of ur best shows yet! i like the fact that its like avatar and jurassic park mixed that really makes me happy :) dont ruen this for evey one Fox!!!!….