Syfy has acquired PRIMEVAL: NEW WORLD, the next generation of the hit PRIMEVAL, from Entertainment One.
Scheduled to premiere on the Channel in 2013, PRIMEVAL: NEW WORLD joins Syfy's growing roster of popular original acquisitions including LOST GIRL, MERLIN and the upcoming SINBAD.
The 13-episode series will star Niall Matter (EUREKA) Sara Canning (THE VAMPIRE DIARIES) and Danny Rahim (YOUNG JAMES HERRIOT) as a team of animal experts and scientists investigating paranormal events, while battling both prehistoric and futuristic creatures.
Amanda Tapping, who starred in the Syfy series SANCTUARY, is on board to direct several episodes.
Said Chris Regina, Senior Vice President, Programming, Syfy: “This fast-paced entertaining and smart series will delight fans of the original program as well as introduce new viewers to this fascinating world.”
“We’re thrilled to be continuing our relationship with Syfy in securing another action drama with the network,” said Jon Ferro, Senior Vice President, Program Sales, eOne.
“PRIMEVAL: NEW WORLD has a great cast, solid story-telling and state of the art special effects - all the right elements to make it a success that fits right in with Syfy’s stellar line up.”
Based on the original series from Impossible Pictures, PRIMEVAL: NEW WORLD’s creative team is led by Executive Producers Martin Wood (SANCTUARY, STARGATE: ATLANTIS) and Gillian Horvath (HIGHLANDER). The spin-off was created by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens (STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE) and will be written by Gillian Horvath, Peter Hume (FLASH GORDON), Jon Cooksey (THE OUTER LIMITS), Sarah Dodd (FLASHPOINT), Katherine Collins (ENDGAME), and Judith and Garfield Reeve-Stevens.
PRIMEVAL: NEW WORLD is produced by Omnifilm Entertainment. Executive producers for Omnifilm are Gabriela Schonbach and Michael Chechik. The series is produced and developed in association with Bell Media, German free-to-air broadcaster ProSieben, and UKTV channel Watch, with the participation of the Canadian Media Fund, The Province of British Columbia Film Incentive BC, The Canadian Film & Video Production Tax Credit Program, and British Columbia Film.