While Jurassic Park 4 may be stuck in development hell, Steven Spielberg is turning his sights on TV to continue exploring the world of dinosaurs.
We reported on the series Terra Nova a few months back - when Spielberg was first in talks to produce. At that time it appeared likely that Fox wanted to get things going with the project ASAP, though nothing was official.
However, even though no official announcement has been made by the network, Deadline Hollywood is now reporting that Fox has already ordered 13 episodes of Terra Nova. Undoubtedly, a 13 episode run is only the beginning - assuming the show is, you know... good.
In addition, there's also word that Brannon Braga (24) has joined the project as an executive producer/showrunner.
The high-profile gig for Braga is part of a recent deal with 20th Century Fox TV - which is producing Terra Nova along with Chernin Entertainment. Braga is a TV veteran who has worked on series including various Star Trek projects (Voyager, Enterprise, Deep Space Nine and The Next Generation), Fox's 24, and ABC's Flashforward (a series he co-created).
Deadline offers the following plot summary for the series:
"Terra Nova follows a family from 100 years in the future who travel back in time 150 million years to prehistoric Earth ruled by dinosaurs."
The script was co-written Kelly Marcel, who is also responsible for the original concept, with Craig Silverstein co-writing. Braga joins a high-profile group of executive producers including Silverstein, Marcel, and Spielberg, as well as Aaron Kaplan, Peter Chernin, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank and Katherine Pope.
I'm looking forward to Terra Nova, not just because of the people involved (namely Spielberg and Braga), but the plot has a lot potential (even if it isn't the most original story in the world). Hopefully, the production team will spend a decent amount of money on the project - so it can avoid being cheesy.
As fellow Screen Rant writer Ben Kendrick pointed out a little while back, because of last year's Land of the Lost remake, it might be a little soon for time traveling families that face-off against dinosaurs. Even so, you can't deny there's some serious talent backing the show - and it will certainly be worth checking out.
Are you excited for Terra Nova? What do you make of the creative talent backing the project?
We'll keep you updated on further Terra Nova news as it becomes available.
Source: Deadline Hollywood