(Excerpt from Syfy’s press release follows at end of this article)
File this under “Good news/Bad news” at least for those of us in the US. The British series Primeval is getting a spin-off called Primeval: New World. The series will air on Canada’s Space, UK’s Watch, Germany’s ProSieben, and Syfy France. (Wait…Syfy France, but not Syfy ‘Merica?) Hopefully that’ll change soon enough, (See link to Deadline above!)
but no US distributor has been announced as of this writing. There will be some familiar faces on both sides of the camera. Stars of the show include Niall Matter (Eureka) and Sara Canning (The Vampire Diaries). Among the directorial line-up are Amanda Tapping, Andy Mikita and Martin Wood. With names like these this show has a great pedigree.
For those of you unfamiliar with Primeval, and shame on you, the series was about a team of scientists who investigated randomly occurring time-portals they dubbed “anomalies.” Emerging from these anomalies were usually prehistoric creatures the team would have to contain and hopefully return through the anomaly then attempt to close the troublesome hole in time. To make matters worse, or better in the case of entertainment value, some anomalies were connected to the future and some scary-weird things came out of them to be sure.
In the original Primeval the base of operations was called the ARC, which stands for Anomaly Research Center. In Primeval: New World their base is called the TANK. I’m assuming it’s also an acronym, but so far I’ve been unable to find out what it stands for. No matter, it’s a cool looking place where neato whiz-band scientific research and dino-butt-kicking gadgets can be found. Just look at the picture and tell me you wouldn’t want to work there. Okay, so it’s one shot of a very small part of the TANK, but it beats the average cubicle.
Take a gander at the Primeval: New World first look video right here.
From a press release by BellMedia:
Toronto, ON (September 27, 2012) – Prehistoric creatures are about to invade Vancouver with the premiere of the highly-anticipated SPACE original series, PRIMEVAL: NEW WORLD. Sinking its teeth into SPACE’s fall lineup beginningMonday, Oct. 29 at 10 p.m. ET, the series stars a flock of genre luminaries, including Niall Matter (EUREKA) and Sara Canning (VAMPIRE DIARIES). The North American spin-off follows a specialized team of animal experts and scientists who discover dinosaurs and other dangerous predators emerging onto the streets of modern-day Vancouver through anomalies in time, and features guest star Andrew Lee Potts as Connor Temple from the original U.K. series. Featuring over 70 visual effects shots in each of the 13 one-hour episodes, the monster of a series will also include 16 land, sea, sky, and sand creatures created by Atmosphere Visual Effects, supervised by Mark Savela (STARGATE UNIVERSE).
Leading up to the premiere, fans can fulfill their curiosity about the new series through the official, soon-to-launch, PRIMEVAL: NEW WORLD website featuring an episode guide, cast bios, behind the scenes content, and more. Users can also download high quality visual effects from the series and insert themselves into the dino-action via green screen. A mobile action game is also set to unleash before the premiere, and will take fans inside the series via their IOS devices, as they defend the streets of Vancouver from dinosaur attacks. Users can inhabit a team member and work to capture creatures and rescue civilians. Episodes of PRIMEVAL: NEW WORLD will also be available online at SPACEcast.com following their premiere.
In PRIMEVAL: NEW WORLD, while investigating temporal anomalies, a Special Projects Group battles prehistoric creatures. Led by Evan Cross (Matter), an enterprising inventor and visionary hero, the team is comprised of predator attack expert and specialist in animal behaviour Dylan Weir (Canning), security specialist Mac Rendell (Danny Rahim, EAST ENDERS), and physics prodigy Toby Nance (Crystal Lowe, SMALLVILLE). Ange Finch (Miranda Frigon, HEARTLAND), Evan’s oldest friend and business partner, keeps things afloat while Evan and his group track the escapee dinosaurs, with the overeager help of Lieutenant Ken Leeds (Geoff Gustafson, Hot Tub Time Machine), head of the government’s decommissioned department for investigating alien life and other mysteries.
On board this season as directors are sci-fi queen Amanda Tapping (SANCTUARY), Andy Mikita (STARGATE UNIVERSE), Martin Wood (SANCTUARY), and Mike Rohl (SMALLVILLE).
From a Syfy press release:
NEW YORK – October 3, 2012 – Syfy has acquired Primeval: New World, the next generation of the hit Primeval, from Entertainment One.
Scheduled to premiere on the Channel in 2013, Primeval: New World joins Syfy‘s growing roster of popular original acquisitions including Lost Girl, Merlin and the upcoming Sinbad.
The 13-episode series will star Niall Matter (Eureka) Sara Canning (The Vampire Diaries) and Danny Rahim (Young James Herriot) as a team of animal experts and scientists investigating paranormal events, while battling both prehistoric and futuristic creatures.
Amanda Tapping, who starred in the Syfy series Sanctuary, is on board to direct several episodes.
Said Chris Regina, Senior Vice President, Programming, Syfy: “This fast-paced entertaining and smart series will delight fans of the original program as well as introduce new viewers to this fascinating world.”
“We’re thrilled to be continuing our relationship with Syfy in securing another action drama with the network,” said Jon Ferro, Senior Vice President, Program Sales, eOne. “Primeval: New World has a great cast, solid story-telling and state of the art special effects – all the right elements to make it a success that fits right in with Syfy’s stellar line up.”
Based on the original series from Impossible Pictures, Primeval: New World’s creative team is led by Executive Producers Martin Wood (Sanctuary, Stargate: Atlantis) and Gillian Horvath (Sanctuary, Highlander). The spin-off was created by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens (Star Trek: Enterprise, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World) and will be written by Gillian Horvath, Peter Hume (Charmed, Flash Gordon), Jon Cooksey (The Collector, The Outer Limits), Sarah Dodd (Flashpoint, Arctic Air), Katherine Collins (Endgame), and Judith and Garfield Reeve-Stevens.
Primeval: New World is produced by Omnifilm Entertainment. Executive producers for Omnifilm are Gabriela Schonbach and Michael Chechik. The series is produced and developed in association with Bell Media, German free-to-air broadcaster ProSieben, and UKTV channel Watch, with the participation of the Canadian Media Fund, The Province of British Columbia Film Incentive BC, The Canadian Film & Video Production Tax Credit Program, and British Columbia Film.
Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 98 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)
About Entertainment One:
Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a leading international entertainment company that specializes in the acquisition, production and distribution of film and television content. The company’s comprehensive network extends around the globe including Canada, the US, the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Benelux, France, Germany, Scandinavia, South Africa and South Korea. Through established Entertainment and Distribution divisions, the company provides extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production, family programming and merchandising and licensing. Its current rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 24,000 film and television titles, 2,700 hours of television programming and 45,000 music tracks.