02.17.10 8 years ago 8 Comments

“‘C’mon, I have to BELIEVE you want to eat plants. Now once more, with feeling.”

Despite Roger Corman’s inroads with Dinocroc, the Carnosaur trilogy, and now Dinoshark, Steven Spielberg remains Hollywood’s leading authority on ass-kicking dinosaur epics. So there’s understandably some excitement about the possibility that Spielberg will sign on as a producer for “Terra Nova,” a dinosaur series that Fox is presently considering.

Spielberg and Peter Chernin are in negotiations to board the drama project “Terra Nova,” which is described as following 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.

The 20th Century Fox TV project, which is said to have drawn special attention from Fox Entertainment chairman Peter Rice, would involve such elaborate sets and vfx that there’s been talk of greenlighting it directly to series production rather than a pilot because it would be too expensive to shut down and start up again during the downtime between pilot and episodic production. [Variety]

Tough call here. On the one hand, it sounds pretty unoriginal. On the other, DINOSAURS!!!! Sounds like it’s gonna get greenlit to me. If I know anything about Hollywood, all-caps and exclamation points trump “unoriginal” every time. It’s called the Michael Bay Principle.

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