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First photos from Spielberg's Terra Nova


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Steven Spielberg's 'Terra Nova' (2011)

Below are the first stills from the Steven Spielberg-produced Fox TV series Terra Nova. Life On Mars's Jason Mara is obviously hoping for a better end-result in this new SF outing about a future family who find themselves sent back to the prehistoric age and set among ravenous dinosaurs. Kelly Marcel came up with the core idea and shares co-writing credits with Craig Silverstein. The show also features Avatar's Stephen Lang and 17 Again's Allison Miller.

The initial episode is directed by Alex Graves (The Whole Truth, Fringe, Journeyman), and will premiere in May 2011, but the usual 'pilot' stage has been eschewed due to the prohibitive cost of rebuilding the sets upon approval (and, one would guess, because the commercial legitimacy of Terra Nova is vouch-safed by the Spielberg stamp). In effect the May showing will, however, act as a pilot, since the show itself won't air until the autumn.

This is all rather strange - how then, is this not a pilot? Presumably the May episode tanking would have some effect on production...?

Anyway, the press release reads:

In the year 2149 the world is dying. The planet is overdeveloped, overcrowded and overpolluted. 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.


Spielberg's 'Terra Nova' (2011)

Spielberg's 'Terra Nova' (2011)

Spielberg's 'Terra Nova' (2011)

Spielberg's 'Terra Nova' (2011)


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