The North American spin-off of the UK teatime dino-smasher Primeval stands to be a lot more dangerous, and bigger budget. SciFiNow visited the set in Vancouver, where Primeval: New World is currently being filmed in a factory (their version of ARC). Itās a split-level set reminiscent of the control centre in Stargate Atlantis, and heading up the team is Niall Matter (A Town Called Eureka), who plays the āenterprising inventor and visionary heroā Evan Cross.
āOur moments with the dinosaurs are going to be a lot more real and higher stakes,ā he tells us. āItās got a harder edge that we walk on because every time we see these creatures it affects us in a huge way and weāre never getting used to that. I feel like the original Primeval knew a lot more about the world that they were dealing with than we do.ā
Crossā office looks more like a library, packed with scientific periodicals, where he feeds his obsession for figuring out anomalies (rifts in space and time that prehistoric and futuristic beasts escape through). āHe stumbles on one accidentally in 2006 when heās driving with his wife,ā Matter explains. āHeās not really sure what it is but he does know that itās creating radio interference so he goes to search for the source. He finds the building that is now Cross Photonics but he doesnāt know heās going to buy it at that time. In that building he stumbles across one of these anomalies. In doing that, though, he loses the most important thing in his life.ā
Joining the team is predator attack expert Dylan Weir played by Sara Canning, a former Vampire Diaries alumnus. āOn that show I was a human who didnāt know about the vampires so I was often drinking in the kitchen or drinking at the bar,ā she says. āI was always longing to be out in the field when theyād be shooting the crazy scenes in the woods where people were getting attacked. Now Iām right in the thick of it. In this show Iām running, running, running, shooting, shooting, shooting right in the middle of all the danger.ā
The creatures theyāre running from are being kept hidden in the vast Vancouver backdrop for now, which includes postcard-worthy snow-capped mountains that Primeval UK could only have CGI-rendered. For now, though, the beasts are far from frightening as Stargate Atlantisā Chuck Campbell is standing in to give the actors a reference point. āHeāll put on this suit,ā explains Niall Matter with a grin, āwhich makes him look like a grey ninja, and heāll either stuff it with padding so heās bigger or he keeps himself skinny depending on the dinosaur heās playing. The very first time I saw him I almost pissed my pants laughing, but then you get used to it.ā
Primeval: New World will debut later this year on Space and Primeval Season 5 is currently airing in the UK on Saturdays on ITV.