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Stephen Lang being considered for the lead in Spielberg's Terra Nova show

09.14.2010

Big moves over at Fox concerning the Stephen Spielberg backed Terra Nova, a highly ambitious TV sci-fi show that will most likely be amazing and Fox will cancel it halfway through a season.

First the show was delayed to 2011, then just recently it's executive producer, David Fury walked away due to creative differences. But now there's a bit of good news, as the show is lining up a lead in the form of AVATAR's Stephen Lang. Say what you will about his rather one-dimensional character in Cameron's film, but that man is an undeniable badass, and I'd be pumped to see him in anything.

For the unititiated, Terra Nova is about earth in 2149 (5 years before AVATAR interestingly enough), and the planet is on the verge of extinction. Scientists discover a way to time travel to prehistoric times, and so they begin the process of sending families back in time to colonize there. Lang would be part of the initial crew.

It seems like a grand concept, but could it be overly ambitious for a TV show? I mean, do they reallly have the budget for spaceship and dinosaurs and everything else they need to make out of CGI? Heavy CGI shows these days look like shit (have you seen the inside of a V ship lately?) so that might be part of the problem going on behind the scenes. But in any case, Lang as the lead would certainly bolster interest in the project.

Extra Tidbit: Firefly was the perfect, lower budget space show, but we saw how Fox rewarded that work of genius.
Source: Deadline

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5:13PM on 09/17/2010
I'm game for Stephen Lang in something more worthwhile. The best thing about Avatar, and he wasn't even CGI.
I'm game for Stephen Lang in something more worthwhile. The best thing about Avatar, and he wasn't even CGI.
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2:51PM on 09/15/2010
Stephen Lang should play Brian Fury in the next Tekken "film."
Stephen Lang should play Brian Fury in the next Tekken "film."
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5:08AM on 09/15/2010
a guy usually playing bad guys, being the lead good guy in a Spielberg produced TV show about a doomed earth... Clancy Brown in Earth 2 déjà vu anyone ?
I liked this show and, like most SF TV shows on big networks, it didn't survive its first season !!!
a guy usually playing bad guys, being the lead good guy in a Spielberg produced TV show about a doomed earth... Clancy Brown in Earth 2 déjà vu anyone ?
I liked this show and, like most SF TV shows on big networks, it didn't survive its first season !!!
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4:26AM on 09/15/2010
If they begin sending people back to prehistoric time, shouldn't the present change ?
If they begin sending people back to prehistoric time, shouldn't the present change ?
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6:20PM on 09/14/2010

One dimensional

One dimensional isn't the word! I have to point out though, you also forgot transparent.
One dimensional isn't the word! I have to point out though, you also forgot transparent.
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5:17PM on 09/14/2010
Might be interesting. I have to agree, that this should be on HBO or some else network.

And about effect-heavy shows, they just need to find good balance between cgi and practical. Galactica looked pretty good, so does Stargate Universe, and some mediocore effects can be tolerated if writing and acting is good,like in Babylon 5.
Might be interesting. I have to agree, that this should be on HBO or some else network.

And about effect-heavy shows, they just need to find good balance between cgi and practical. Galactica looked pretty good, so does Stargate Universe, and some mediocore effects can be tolerated if writing and acting is good,like in Babylon 5.
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4:00PM on 09/14/2010
I'm guessing this will be more Action/sci-fi based than a family-friendly land of the lost type show? Still, I feel a show like this should be on HBO, or at least AMC. Especially with Spielberg's name attached. Lang did the best acting in Avatar, and I liked his small part in Public Enemies. Also, come on Tassi. Which film fan doesn't know Spielberg's first name is Steven with a "v" not a "ph". Hope that was just a typo.
I'm guessing this will be more Action/sci-fi based than a family-friendly land of the lost type show? Still, I feel a show like this should be on HBO, or at least AMC. Especially with Spielberg's name attached. Lang did the best acting in Avatar, and I liked his small part in Public Enemies. Also, come on Tassi. Which film fan doesn't know Spielberg's first name is Steven with a "v" not a "ph". Hope that was just a typo.
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3:56PM on 09/14/2010

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This is the first time ive heard of this but let us look at this quote again: "and the planet is on the verge of extinction. Scientists discover a way to time travel to prehistoric times, and so they begin the process of sending families back in time to colonize there"

From that right there i wont be watching this. What sense does that make if we can travel back in time, that instead of going back a few hundred years and trying to PRE-Correct the issues that cause the planet to go extinct,
This is the first time ive heard of this but let us look at this quote again: "and the planet is on the verge of extinction. Scientists discover a way to time travel to prehistoric times, and so they begin the process of sending families back in time to colonize there"

From that right there i wont be watching this. What sense does that make if we can travel back in time, that instead of going back a few hundred years and trying to PRE-Correct the issues that cause the planet to go extinct, they want to send people back in time millions of years ago? Problem 2. All these people they send back, do they expect them to stay in a hole the entire time? No they will expand and populate the entire planet which will alter the time.

Problem 3: Now you are talking about time paradox issues that are like chasing your own tail, there is no winner/loser right/wrong, its just confusing as hell and no one knows what to believe.
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5:54PM on 09/14/2010
Dude has a point
Dude has a point
2:44PM on 09/15/2010
You do have a point, and I agree. I thought the exact same things. BUT, I have a problem with your first issue. Maybe, for whatever reason, prehistoric time is the only part of the past they can get to?
You do have a point, and I agree. I thought the exact same things. BUT, I have a problem with your first issue. Maybe, for whatever reason, prehistoric time is the only part of the past they can get to?
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1:56PM on 09/14/2010
I refuse to watch network Sci-Fi anymore. They have the best budgets and talent to be sure, but they cancel nearly every one of them before they get a chance to become great. Soloist named a bunch but there are so many others. Network TV just doesn't have the balls for Sci-Fi programming. It takes patience and and iron will to make them work. I've invested way too much time and interest in network Sci-Fi in the past only to have them cancel it in one season, just when things got good and
I refuse to watch network Sci-Fi anymore. They have the best budgets and talent to be sure, but they cancel nearly every one of them before they get a chance to become great. Soloist named a bunch but there are so many others. Network TV just doesn't have the balls for Sci-Fi programming. It takes patience and and iron will to make them work. I've invested way too much time and interest in network Sci-Fi in the past only to have them cancel it in one season, just when things got good and without any sort of wrap up to the story. Surface, Flash Forward and Gravity bring a few to mind. The problem with Network is that they are cash whores. Why shell out 10 million an episode when they can give us yet another 20k episode of who wants to marry a bachelor on survival island.
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2:47PM on 09/15/2010
You took the words right out of my mouth. I gave up on network sci-fi clear back when Threshold got the axe.
You took the words right out of my mouth. I gave up on network sci-fi clear back when Threshold got the axe.
1:53PM on 09/14/2010

Dinosaurs, eh?

They should use the Geico cavemen for comic relief.
They should use the Geico cavemen for comic relief.
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1:22PM on 09/14/2010

Lang

Stephen Lang was AWESOME in the Hard Way!!!
Stephen Lang was AWESOME in the Hard Way!!!
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12:54PM on 09/14/2010
He was alright in Avatar, and I wouldn't mind seeing him headline a show like this. There needs to be more Sci-Fi shows on television, there's not that many. Firefly got cancelled, Dollhouse too, Termiantor: The Sarah Connor Chronicles as well, and one of my favorites Flashforward. But with Fox, I'm sure it will be canceled halfway through.
He was alright in Avatar, and I wouldn't mind seeing him headline a show like this. There needs to be more Sci-Fi shows on television, there's not that many. Firefly got cancelled, Dollhouse too, Termiantor: The Sarah Connor Chronicles as well, and one of my favorites Flashforward. But with Fox, I'm sure it will be canceled halfway through.
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