The 'Terra Nova' Pilot Already Costs $10 Million, and It Hasn't Even Been Shot Yet


Is the pilot episode of Fox's new sci-fi drama 'Terra Nova' set to be the most expensive ever?


Just a few months ago all looked rosy in the 'Terra Nova' garden. It had all the ingredients for a sure-fire ratings winner for the post-'Lost' generation: Dying planets! Parallel worlds! Dinosaurs! Time-traveling! Stephen Spielberg!


Having nabbed 'Fringe' director Alex Graves to direct the pilot, filming was set to begin this fall. But now, reports are coming in that all is not well, and that cost overruns have meant that even before a single frame's been shot, the pilot has already cost almost $10 million.


Sources have described the production as a "debacle," and according to 'The Wrap', as prices and creative disagreements keep mounting on the Australia-based series, the cost could keep spiralling upwards to as much as $20 million. That's the cost of a feature film, not a one-hour TV episode.


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