Warner to adapt British TV's Primeval for the U.S. big screen

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Warner Brothers has acquired screen rights to Primeval, the British ITV TV series that airs in the United States on BBC America and SCI FI Channel, Variety reported.

Akiva Goldsman (I Am Legend) and Kerry Foster will produce through Goldsman's WB-based Weed Road banner. Emily Cummins will also be involved in a producing capacity.

Goldsman, who scripted the Ron Howard-directed Angels & Demons with David Koepp, will hire a writer to draft Primeval.

In the series, ferocious prehistoric and futuristic creatures appear through wormhole time portals, and a covert team headed by an evolutionary scientist tries to close the doors and quietly thwart the creatures.

The series, which has run three seasons, was co-created by Tim Haines and Adrian Hodges and produced by Haines' shingle, Impossible Pictures.

Warner and Goldsman will transplant the action to the United States and ramp up the spectacle.