Almost a month ago we reported that Impossible Pictures and Warner Bros. were in talks to adapt Primeval to the big screen. Now it’s official as Warner Bros. have announced they’ve acquired screen rights to Primeval in a reported high-six-figure-deal.
Primeval is a British sci-fi series that follows a group of scientists who track down and capture prehistoric creatures which are breaking through a rift in time to the present day.
The popular series first aired in the UK during 2007 and is now in its third season. It was created by Tim Haines (who is well known for his creature work on BBC’s Walking with Dinosaurs) and is produced for UK’s ITV by Impossible Pictures, a production company founded by Haines and Jasper James (also of Walking with Dinosaurs fame).
Akiva Goldsman, who scripted the Ron Howard-directed Angels and Demons with David Koepp, will hire a writer to draft the screenplay.
Kerry Foster, Akiva Goldsman and Emily Cummins will produce the new film.
“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,” Foster said.
It is not yet known if actors from the television series will appear in the feature film.
If you’ve never seen Primeval, here’s a taste: