Primeval to roar on big screen
America buys the rights to Britain's Primeval television series with a view to a big screen feature.
Warner Brothers has acquired film rights to ITV’s Primeval series.
Akiva Goldsman who co-wrote the Ron Howard-directed Angels and Demons with David Koepp, will hire another writer to adapt it to the big screen.
In the UK series, which aired briefly in Australia on Nine, prehistoric and futuristic creatures appear through wormhole time portals, while a covert team tries to close the doors and thwart the creatures.
Now in its third season, it mixes computer effects with live action, made by the people behind Walking with Dinosaurs.
“There is a solid mythology to the series, but the movie has the dinosaur element of Jurassic Park and the time travel element of Lost, and it just feels like the kind of big movie that Warner Bros. does well,” said co-producer Kerry Foster.
Nine had previously flagged a return of the family series but so far it hasn’t eventuated. With the success of TEN’s Merlin, it might do well to revisit this series.