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'Terra Nova' drama at Fox scores director

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fringe-gravesImage Credit: Craig Blankenhorn/Fox; Inset: Frederick M. Brown/GetTerra Nova – the high-concept series that Fox picked up for midseason – just hired a director for the show’s much-anticipated debut, EW has learned exclusively. Alex Graves, who helmed the pilots for ABC’s The Whole Truth, Fox’s Fringe and NBC’s Journeyman, will now direct the drama about a family 100 years in the future that travels back to the prehistoric era.  The project received a 13-episode commitment from Fox and filming will likely begin in Australia at the end of the summer.

The show’s auspices read like a who’s who in Hollywood; the executive producers include Brannon Braga (24), Steven Spielberg, ex-Fox Chairman Peter Chernin, agent-turned-producer Aaron Kaplan, Craig Silverstein (Bones) and Kelly Marcel, among others.

Meanwhile, EW obtained the script for Terra Nova, which begins in 2149 A.D. The scene: a large group of settlers are preparing to leave the apocalyptic world they live in to time travel back millions of years via a massive, high-tech contraption. Their goal is to see trees, enjoy a blue sky, eat real food – basically, to start over in this so-called Eden. But what they find is unlike anything they were expecting.