Costs on FOX’s dinosaur series Terra Nova are said to be spiralling.
One report in the US says the pilot could cost as much as $20m, with cost overruns already blown out by nearly $10 million.
“It’s a debacle. The cost of the show is kind of a moving target,” one source told TheWrap. “They’re down in Australia building sets like it’s going to be the next Jurassic Park.’
The series has already undergone creative disagreements, with the exit of 24 writer / producer David Fury. The network has enlisted several high level screenwriters with a background in feature films who are being paid on the order of $200,000 a week, a rate more aligned with movies than TV, to do substantial rewrites.
Some indsiders say the network’s decision to pick up 13 episodes, which includes the two-hour pilot, account for the high pre-production costs.
The series is expected to premiere in the US following the American Idol finale. Might be tricky picking the dinosaurs from Steven Tyler….
Source: The Wrap