Fox Betting Heavily on Sept. 26, 2011 Premiere of High-Priced, High-Stakes Spielberg Dinosaur Show

Sep 26, 2011  •  Post A Comment

Fox has a lot riding on the Sept. 26, 2011 rollout of a show with what appears to be a can’t-miss formula: the combination of Steven Spielberg and dinosaurs, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The show is the pricey, high-concept “Terra Nova,” with tonight’s two-hour premiere episode carrying a price tag estimated at somewhere between $10 million and $20 million, the story says. Fox hopes to make its money back over the course of the season, with the international market also expected to play a key role in recouping the high start-up costs.

The show won’t be a remake of “Jurassic Park,” the story says. “The series is set in the Cretaceous period, not the Jurassic period,” THR reports. “As producer, Spielberg made sure ‘Terra Nova’s’ dinos were distinct from his own big screen rampaging herd.”

But casting, visual effects and other show elements have been approached with big-screen sensibilities in mind. "It’s an ambitious idea, but the small screen is no longer such a small screen," said DreamWorks co-head Justin Falvey, one of nine executive producers on the show. "Audiences want a filmgoing experience, and the budgets available for TV are letting us do that now. Five years ago, dinosaurs like this weren’t possible."

Early reviews have been positive, the story adds.

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