Steven Spielberg’s time travel TV series “Terra Nova” will shoot in Queensland, where state premier Anna Bligh on Monday said that production is expected to begin in October.
“Fox Broadcasting has today confirmed Queensland as the location of choice for ‘Terra Nova’… and once again shows Queensland’s ability to attract first rate productions to the state,” Bligh said.
“My government provided considerable incentives through Screen Queensland to secure this production which, in turn, will generate in excess of AUS$54 million ($50 million) in economic activity and create thousands of jobs,” she added.
Bligh said that around 80% of the cast and crew will be Queenslanders.
Production will be centered on locations around southeastern Queensland and at the Warner Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast.
“We wanted this ambitious series to look like no other on television and Queensland provided the best of all possible worlds,” executive vice president of production, Jim Sharp added.
“Queensland had the right look, climate and terrain, a vibrant production community and attractive economic incentives. We are very excited to be shooting our first production there.”
Starring Jason O’Mara, “Terra Nova” tells a group of scientists from 2149 who travel back 85 million years to prehistoric Earth to try to save the planet that is dying from development and overcrowding.
Fox will preview the first episode of “Terra Nova” in May and then launch the 13 episode series in the fall of 2011.