Twentieth Century Fox Television and Dreamworks Television are teamed up to produce the big budget epic family adventure drama series ‘Terra Nova’. Peter Chernin’s Chernin Entertainment is one of the production companies also working on Terra Nova. Chernin was Rupert Murdoch’s former right hand man at News Corporation.
Two time Primetime Emmy winner Alex Graves has been brought on board to direct the series. Graves has served as executive producer and director on such shows as The West Wing, The Nine, and Fringe.
The direct-to-series project, which was extremely well received at the network’s upfront presentation, revolves around a family from the year 2149 when the planet is dying who are transported back to pre-historic Earth where they join Terra Nova, a colony of humans with a second chance to build a civilization. Most episodes of the show will work as standalone stories.
Fox Entertainment president, Kevin Reilly, said that the show will have an “enormous production commitment”. They will be using writers from the hugely successful drama series 24. Fox has ordered 13 episodes of the series, and the network wants debut the series the week after the Super Bowl, which also airs on FOX this year.
Extensive post-production and visual special effects will be involved in the project. Filming on Terra Nova is set to begin in Australia on August 23, 2010. The show is under AFTRA contract.
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Producers: Peter Chernin, Aaron Kaplan, Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Katherine Pope
Writer/Producers: Craig Silverstein, Kelly Marcel, Brannon Braga, David Fury
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An epic family adventure 85 million years in the making. The drama follows an ordinary family embarking on an incredible journey back in time to prehistoric Earth as a small part of a massive experiment to save the human race. In the year 2149 the world is dying. The planet is overdeveloped, overcrowded and over-polluted. With the majority of plant and animal life extinct, devotion to science has brought mankind to the brink of destruction, but has also provided its only hope for salvation. Knowing there is no way to reverse the damage to the planet, a coalition of scientists has managed to open up a fracture in the space-time continuum, creating a portal to prehistoric Earth. This doorway leads to an amazing world, one that allows for a last-ditch effort to save the human race…possibly changing the future by correcting the mistakes of the past. The series centers on the Shannon family as they join the tenth pilgrimage of settlers to Terra Nova, the first colony of humans in this second chance for civilization. Jim Shannon, a devoted father with a checkered past, guides his family through this new land of limitless beauty, mystery and terror. Jim’s wife, Elisabeth Shannon, is a trauma surgeon chosen through a global lottery as a new addition to Terra Nova’s medical team. Josh Shannon is their son, mourning the girl he left behind, as he’s torn between two role models – his father and the charismatic Commander Frank Taylor, the leader of the settlement, and the heroic first pioneer through the time portal. Maddy Shannon, Jim and Elizabeth’s teen daughter, is as independent and adventurous as her parents, but her distrust of authority soon leads her on a dangerous path. In addition to blue skies, rolling rivers and lush vegetation, Terra Nova offers new opportunities and fresh beginnings to its recent arrivals, but the Shannons have brought with them a familial secret that may threaten their citizenship in this utopia. Additionally these adventurers soon discover that this healthy, vibrant world is not as idyllic as it initially appears. The areas surrounding Terra Nova are filled with dangerous dinosaurs, and other prehistoric threats, as well as external forces that may be intent on destroying this new world before it begins. But perhaps even more threatening than what lies outside the protective walls is the Shannons’ realization that something sinister may be happening inside Terra Nova as not everyone on this mission has the same intentions of how best to save mankind.