Thursday, August 4, 2011

'Terra Nova' Covers The Hollywood Reporter

  Fox´s Terra Nova is one of the most anticipated scripted shows of the fall and this is part of the reason it has made its way on the cover of the latest issue of The Hollywood Reporter.

 For those of you who don´t already know, the show is set in the year 2149, and it follows the story of the Shannon family who travel back 85 million years in time to join a prehistoric Earth colony. 

 Plus, it doesn´t hurt that the executive producer of the series is none other than Steven Spielberg.

 The magazine covers some inside info about the show which you might find interesting.

 On Steven Spielberg´s casting decisions:

 Spielberg knew from the very beginning that his first choice on who he wanted to play paramilitary guy Nathaniel Taylor (the first man to travel to Terra Nova) was Avatar´s Stephen Lang.

  Other details and twists such as the oxygen masks that people wear in the future and the effects of the oxygen-rich Terra Nova on the settlers once they arrive, also came from the director of Jaws.

On the differences between the dinosaurs of Terra Nova & Jurassic Park:

 The dinos of Terra Nova differ in period from the one´s featured in Spielberg´s blockbuster classic. For one, these are from the Cretaceous period, 85 million years in the past. 

 The pilot will feature a Brachiosuarus and a Carnotaurus but there will be no sign of the T-rex for the time being.

The reason behind this decision is that Spielberg didn´t want people to relate the new show to his film in the sense that both feature dinosaurs and have his name attached to it.

Terra Nova is an expensive show:

 The two-hour debut episode alone has a price tag between $10 million and $20 million. Fox has picked up a 13-episode order.

 "We are in the big-bet business. So if you're looking to break through and garner a big share of a fractured audience, and it is going to be costly regardless, you take the most exciting shots you can for your audience." Fox Entertainment chief Kevin Reilly explained.

On why Spielberg rejected Hawaii:

 When decisions about what location was going to be used to shoot the series, Spielberg made it clear that Hawaii was not an option. 

 Not that the director has anything against it, it just happens that once again he feared the inevitable comparisons will become bigger if they shot on the same location where Jurassic Park was filmed. 

 After Louisiana, New Zealand and Florida were dismissed, Australia became the perfect choice.

Are you intrigued by this show? Sound off in the comments!

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