Spielberg's 'Terra Nova' to shoot in Queensland

Previously shot 'The Pacific' in Australian territory

SYDNEY -- Steven Spielberg's time travel TV series, “Terra Nova” will shoot in Queensland, with production expected to begin in October, state premier Anna Bligh said Monday.  

"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 (U.S. version of "Life on Mars"), “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.

It will be executive produced by Steven Spielberg and Peter Chernin. Alex Graves and Jon Cassar will direct the pilot and the series.

Spielberg made HBO series “The Pacific” in Queensland and Victoria in 2007.

Local industry speculation had “Terra Nova” being made in Australia for the past six months.

Fox executives said last week that the launch of the 13-part, one-hour series had been pushed back to the fall of 2011.

Fox will preview the first episode of “Terra Nova” in May and then launch the first season later in the fall, a strategy it also used to premiere “Glee.”

"It was mainly due to the scope of what this show is going to take," Fox Entertainment president Kevin Reilly said at the Television Critics Association's press tour. "Hopefully we'll be able to recreate the same thing we did with ‘Glee.'"