'Terra Nova' Loses Producer, Gains Actor?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, producer David Fury (24) has left the Fox Network’s time-travel dinosaur series TERRA NOVA.
Unnamed sources tell the site that Fury left due to “creative differences” while writing the pilot with Brannon Braga (STAR TREK: TNG, 24). Braga will remain as the ‘show-runner’ producer for the Steven Spielberg series.
It’s unclear if David Fury’s differences were with Brannon Braga, or higher up the chain of command.
LANG_AVATARMeanwhile, Deadline.com says that Steven Lang (AVATAR, CONAN) is in serious talks to play Frank Taylor, who they describe as “the charismatic and ruthless leader of the Terra Nova settlement.”
The article claims Lang was long favored for the the role, but unavailable due to feature commitments until recently.
UPDATE 9/17: Deadline.com is confiming that Steven Lang has signed for the role of Frank Taylor.

Allison Miller Joins 'Terra Nova'

Allison_Miller_BostonLegalAllison Miller (KINGS, BLOOD: THE LAST VAMPIRE) has been added to the cast of Steven Spielbeg’s Fox Network prehistoric time-travel adventure series TERRA NOVA.
Miller is only the second actor to be announced for the show. She joins Jason O’Mara, who has the lead role of Jim Shannon, a father who moves with his family from 2149 to 85 Million years in the past, refugees from a dismal future Earth.
Allison Miller has been cast as Skye, a Terra Nova colonist who will take newcomer Shannon’s son under her wing in the dinosaur-populated land.
The series has been delayed to Fall 2011, from an intial mid-seasom premeire.  However, the pilot — to be directed by Alex Graves (FRINGE), is set to air in May of 2011.
Part of the reason that the series debut has been delayed is due to the need to have more time to work on the special effects.
See Variety for the full article.

Terra Nova Delayed to Fall 2011

 terranova_LogoThe Fox Network has announced it’s delaying the premiere of Steven Spielberg’s dinosaur series TERRA NOVA until the fall of 2011, rather than staring mid-season 2010-11. They plan to run the pilot/TV movie in May of 2011.
As previously reported, Emmy Award winner Alex Graves (FRINGE) will direct the pilot, and the press release announces that Emmy Award-winning executive producer and director Jon Cassar (24) has joined the series as an executive producer and “series director”.
jason_omaraThe release also confirms that Jason O’Mara (RESIDENT EVIL: EXTINCTION) has been cast in the leading role of Jim Shannon, the father of the Shannon family

“TERRA NOVA, an epic family adventure 85 million years in the making, follows an ordinary family embarking on an incredible journey back in time to prehistoric Earth as a small part of a massive experiment to save the human race. In the year 2149 the world is dying. The planet is overdeveloped, overcrowded and overpolluted. 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 (O’Mara), a devoted father with a checkered past, guides his family – wife ELISABETH and children JOSH and MADDY – through this new land of limitless beauty, mystery and terror. 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. 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.
TERRA NOVA is produced by 20th Century Fox Television, DreamWorks Television, Kapital Entertainment and Chernin Entertainment. Steven Spielberg, Peter Chernin, Brannon Braga, David Fury, Jon Cassar, Aaron Kaplan, Katherine Pope, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Craig Silverstein and Kelly Marcel serve as executive producers.

Is it just me, or does the idea of mucking around in the far past sound like an insanely dangerous and irresponsible way to deal with a current problem?

Speilberg's 'Terra Nova' for Fox Mid-season

terranova_LogoThe Hollywood Reporter reveals that Steven Spielberg’s dinosaur show TERRA NOVA won’t be on FOX’s Fall schedule, but will instead have a mid-season premiere.
Rather than being set on another planet, as one might expect from the title, TERRA NOVA will be about “a family from 100 years in the future that travels 150 million years back in time to prehistoric Earth.”

Writer-producers from ’24’, including Brannon Braga (various Next Gen TREKS) and David Fury (LOST) were specifically asked for by Spielburg, accoring to Fox Network executives.
“Terra Nova” will have an “enormous production commitment,” promised Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly is quoted as saying the series will consist mainly of “stand-alone stories”, rather than a serial arc.
No casting was announced, though previous news items claimed that Kyle Chandler (FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS) and film star Kevin Bacon (THE HOLLOW MAN) passed on playing the lead.
Sounds a bit like “LOST IN SPACE meets JURRASIC PARK”. Time will tell.