Dino-filled UK sci-fi series Primeval gets a Canadian spinoff, eh?

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Dec 15, 2012

Awesome news, everyone! While we're impatiently waiting for season five of Primeval to air over here in North America, news of a spinoff of the U.K. sci-fi series has just emerged.

Titled Primeval: New World (Torchwood: Miracle Day was originally subtitled The New World, BTW) will be a Canadian production from our friends over at SPACE, and it will be set in the same anomalies-filled universe we all know and love.

This is the announcement:

We're excited to announce today that SPACE has ordered a new original drama series known as Primeval: New World!

The series will run 13 one hour long episodes and will build on the UK Primeval mythology, taking place in the same universe that we've come to know and love. The story will centre on a new Canadian team of animal experts taking on whatever past or future creatures come through the anomalies that are now appearing around the world.

The creative team behind New World boasts an all Canadian team of writers, and takes place in Vancouver, continuing the SPACE tradition of creating top quality original Canadian genre programming!

SFX seems to have a bit more news about the Primeval spinoff, saying:

This new series will be "darker and scarier" than the original and it will have a younger, sexier cast and lots of gory special effects to go with it; as a result of this the new show will air at the later time of 9pm [hmmm... do they mean UK time?].

Production is set to start in the winter of 2012 and the show will be filmed mostly in Vancouver. The special effects of the show will be dealt by Impossible's London group. Jonathan Drake, managing director of Impossible says that this is not a continuation of Primeval but rather "a bigger, better, badder re-imagining of the show".

The two stories seem to contradict themselves a little bit here, with SPACE calling it a spinoff and SFX calling it a re-imagining, but as soon as we know more, we'll let you guys know.

There's also no news yet on whether the new Canadian production will involve any of the original ITV series' creators, much as the U.S. version of Being Human involved the original U.K. series' own creator, Toby Whithouse.

Season five of Primeval will air on SPACE on Nov. 10 and should come to BBC America early next year.

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