EXCLUSIVE: Jason O’Mara may be going back in time again, this time way back. The Life On Mars star is in talks to topline Terra Nova, Fox’s midseason series produced by Steven Spielberg and Peter Chernin.
Terra Nova, one of the highlights at the Fox upfront presentation, centers on the Shannons, an ordinary family from 2149 when the planet is dying who are transported back 85 million years to prehistoric Earth where they join Terra Nova, a colony of humans with a second chance to build a civilization. O’Mara would play Jim Shannon, a devoted father with a checkered past who guides his family through this new land of limitless beauty, mystery and terror. Alex Graves recently came on board to direct the pilot for the series, which is produced by 20th TV, DreamWorks TV, Kapital Entertainment and Chernin Entertainment.
Terra Nova would reunite O’Mara with 20th TV, which also produced ABC’s Life On Mars, an U.S. version of the BBC series. O’Mara was great as the lead, New York City homicide detective Sam Tyler who suddenly found himself inexplicably transported from 2008 to 1973.
O’Mara would be the first actor cast in Terra Nova. There were two offers made to actors for various roles on the project before the upfronts but neither of them got to a talks stage.