Turmoil In Fox’s ‘Terra Nova’

A new report about Fox's upcoming sci-fi series suggests that the pilot is severely short, among other problems.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Last month, Fox canceled the spring premiere of "Terra Nova" citing a need to continue working on the visual effects despite having already pushed the series back months before. And now it seems that the problems facing the show are more widespread than Fox originally admitted.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the pilot episode for "Terra Nova" came in well under the two hours of material that had been expected. A Fox spokesperson acknowledged the issue and stated that executive producer Brannon Braga "misjudged it at the script stage, and [director] Alex [Graves] and his script supervisor misjudged it as it was being shot."

Former "X-Files" editor Ken Horton has been hired to cut together the pilot, which is now reportedly much shorter and features material in the first hour that was cannibalized from the second hour… which was already short to begin with.

While the report doesn't feature any insiders from the show speaking on the record, it lays the blame for the series' troubles mainly on the fact that it has an astounding 13 executive producers, including Steven Spielberg, Peter Chernin, Bragga and several others. Additionally, several key departures like Craig Silverstein and David Fury may have also contributed to the creative disarray.

It was also noted that the decision to expand the pilot into two hours came late in the process and after Fox had already laid off the "Terra Nova" writers because of the long delay between production of the pilot and the eventual 11 episodes that will comprise the rest of the season.

Part of the motivation to make the pilot of "Terra Nova" feature length was the belief that Spielberg's involvement alone will enable Fox to market the pilot as a feature film overseas.

"Terra Nova" is expected to resume production in June, but as of today, the scripts for the subsequent episodes are still said to be unfinished.