Monday, 20 July 2009

Primeval Totally Renewed in the US?

Found this arcticle whilst searching through Google's News. Kind of on the fence about this really. Don't know if a renewed Primeval would be as good as the old classic.

Article is from HERE

WITH the third and final season of Primeval out on DVD, fans are waiting for news on plans to stop the show becoming totally extinct.

Impossible Pictures, which makes the dino-drama, had sold the movie rights to Warner Bros and has also been in talks for a US version of the series.

The show was screened in the UK on ITV1 until it was axed last month.

Impossible founder Tim Haines has clarified the reasons for its cancellation and has also explained what they have in mind for the American version.

Haines was speaking in a recent article in Broadcast Now, which has just been drawn to my attention.

He said: "There was a lot of talk when Primeval was cancelled that it must have been because it is a big show, with lots of CGI and special effects.

"That's not the case. ITV wasn't paying the whole costs anyway but we offered to lower the price further and bring in 50 per cent of the funding with co-production deals. It would still have been been getting a show worth more than £1million for less than £600,000."

ITV has said it made the decision to protect its 9pm drama slot, which means no drama shows before that time, and Haines said he completely understood ITV's position.
Impossible is now negotiating with a US broadcaster to adapt Primeval. Haines said it was likely that the series would "start from scratch" with a slightly edgier feel.

It sounds like this would mean a new cast and writers, and an American setting. Haines added he was hopeful Primeval would come back to the UK, through a British channel buying the rights to the new US version.Meanwhile, Andrew-Lee Potts, who played Connor Temple in Primeval, has just spoken to the Bradford Telegraph and Argus about the show's cancellation.

Potts said: "It was very disappointing. Primeval was averaging five million viewers an episode and the show has ended on a cliff-hanger, with Connor and Abby and the rest lost in time. But we've got to roll with the punches.

"We were all gutted, but this is the way it is. I've played Connor for three seasons now, and we knew it wouldn't last forever.

"I feel most for the fans who have been loyal to Primeval throughout, especially the way the series ended. I'd like to thank everyone for their support."

He's now filming upcoming miniseries Alice - an update of the Alice in Wonderland story - on SyFy (formerly the Sci-Fi Channel). Potts plays Hatter, based on the Mad Hatter of the original tale. Alice is set to be screened on SyFy in December and could also be picked up by a major UK network.

Questions of the day:-

o Would you continue watching Primeval with an all new cast? *Take the poll over there somewhere >*

o Did Andrew-Lee Potts just get even more amazing?!

o Are you going to watch 'Alice' when it's aired?

Claire x


  1. Ofc I'll watch Alice. Anything with him in. Was gutted when I saw he'd been bumped from Lesbian Vampire Killers for those twonks Horne n Corden.. was a BAD movie...
    As for Primeval, I would try it, and I'd hope I'd like it. But its a case of wait n see. Like with the new Doctor...(Potts wudda been an awesome younger Doctor... but I'd still like em to be over 30 if possible...)

  2. Primeval just renewed for a 4th and 5th season, all shown the same year (2011). The 4th season will have 7 episodes, with the 5th season having 6 episodes. Hannah, Andrew, Flemyng, and Miller will be back...didn't see a mention of Rouass (sp) who played Dr. Sarah Page.

  3. Tyler:
    omg i am so happy that my andrew is still gunna be in the upcoming series *phew* gotta love him, and primeval on the whole, i really want to watch alice but is it too late now??

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