Primeval to roar on big screen

America buys the rights to Britain's Primeval television series with a view to a big screen feature.

primevalWarner 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.

Source: Variety

7 Responses

  1. Did Nine ever broadcast any of series 2? If they did I missed it (I sure didn’t see any promotions for it, but I actively avoid Nine since they become the unreality TV zombie channel so may have missed them).

    As so often with Nine I wish they’d make up their minds if they want this series or not. If so put the thing on so we can see series 2 & 3, if not let someone else (either another network, DVD or an internet download service) have it. I’m sick of them sitting on stuff like Primeval, The Wire, etc., not broadcasting them but not allowing anyone else to have them either (at least The Wire is finally available via DVD and download).

  2. yes 9 we have been waiting for ages for this, and as i remember it the first series rated pretty well, although that was like 2 years ago so my memory may have faded. they have advertised this plenty of times too and just never came through with the goods. david is right, merlin is doing well so why don’t you do what you do best and copy another network.

  3. If 9 wants to have viewers up to date with Primeval when the movie comes out then it needs to screen the episodes from season 2 as soon as possible.

    Personally I already seen season 2 and the first two episodes of season 3.

  4. Yeah NINE promoted the hell out of the second season for about 6 months before dropping it around November. I hope they bring it back and with a big screen version maybe then will force their hand.

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