Thursday, 8 March 2012

PRIMEVAL: NEW WORLD developments

Thursday, 8 March 2012
Niall Matter, Sara Canning, Miranda Frigon & Geoff Gustafson

Only yesterday we heard that the future of ITV's Primeval is in doubt after five series in the UK, but the long-awaited Canadian spin-off Primeval: New World is looming as a possible replacement. This adaptation of the UK time-travel/monster-hunting drama is currently filming in Vancouver, British Columbia, and GateWorld have revealed a few details about the cast and crew...

Niall Matter (Eureka) has been cast as the lead, alongside Sara Canning (The Vampire Diaries), Miranda Frigon (Sanctuary), Geoff Gustafson (Supernatural), and Danny Rahim (Young James Herriot). Original Primeval star Andrew Lee Potts has already been tapped to reprise his role as Connor Temple, for a first season crossover. Stargate SG1 producer-director Andy Mikita and actress Amanda Tapping are also confirmed to be directing episodes.

Considering the number of Stargate alums involved with this, I think we can assume New World's tone and visual style will approximate that venerable Syfy franchise. That feels like a good fit. It'll be interesting to see how the VFX company Atmosphere handle the dinosaurs on a Canadian cable budget, too.

What are your thoughts on this Canadian project? Will it effortlessly eclipse the UK version? Is it a good or bad thing that the cast are clearly a sexier group of people? (No offence Hannah Spearritt.) Would you like to see more crossovers with the UK show's stars, particularly if ITV axe Primeval here?

PRIMEVAL: NEW WORLD will premiere on Canada's SPACE channel later this year. Here in the UK, digital channel Watch have already bought the UK rights.