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‘Terra Nova’ To Shoot In Queensland

Australia will be backdrop for Spielberg’s time travel drama

It may be off the immediate schedule, but Steven Spielberg’s newest adventure, the time traveling television series Terra Nova,” will shoot in Queensland, Australia. Production is expected to begin in October.

Spielberg is no stranger to the area, and HBO’s war-time epic “The Specific” also was shot in the region.

“Fox Broadcasting has today confirmed Queensland as the location of choice for ‘Terra Nova’ and once again shows Queensland’s ability to attract first-rate productions to the state,” Premier Anna Bligh said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The production could generate as much as $50 million in economic activity for Queensland, and also create thousands of jobs (although the number of permanent jobs will likely be in the hundreds).

To help garner some of the incentives being offered by Australia, about 80 percent of the series’ cast and crew will be from around Queensland. It also will be shot on locations around the southeastern sections of the province. Warner Roadshow Studios, on the Gold Coast, will finish out the principal filming.

We wanted this ambitious series to look like no other on television, and Queensland provided the best of all possible worlds,” executive vice president of production, Jim Sharp said. “Queensland had the right look, climate and terrain, a vibrant production community and attractive economic incentives. We are very excited to be shooting our first production there.”

Terra Nova is a story about a group of scientists from 2149 who travel back 85 million years to prehistoric Earth to try to save the planet that is dying from development and overcrowding. The story revolves around Jim Shannon, played by Jason O’Mara, and his family embarking on a pilgrimage to a colony on the other side of a temporal doorway.

It will be executive produced by Steven Spielberg and Peter Chernin. Alex Graves and Jon Cassar will direct the pilot and the series. Brannon Braga, a familiar face to genre television, will be the showrunner.

After much speculation surrounding the show, Fox executives said last week that the launch of the 13-part, one-hour series had been pushed back to the fall of 2011.

Fox is using a new idea for showcasing the series that seemed to work last year for “Glee.” Instead of broadcasting the pilot in the fall, the network is going to air it in May as a preview. The rest of the episodes will follow later in the fall.

“It was mainly due to the scope of what this show is going to take,” Fox Entertainment president Kevin Reilly said at the Television Critics Association’s press tour. “Hopefully we’ll be able to recreate the same thing we did with Glee.'”

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