EXCLUSIVE: Star Trek veteran Brannon Braga has joined the upcoming Steven Spielberg/Peter Chernin pre-historic drama Terra Nova as executive producer/ showrunner. Though no deals have been finalized, with Braga on board, I hear the project has unofficially been given a 13-episode order and has started staffing. For Braga, the high-profile gig stems from the rich overall deal he recently inked with 20th Century Fox TV, which is producing Terra Nova with Chernin Entertainment.
Terra Nova follows a family from 100 years in the future who travel back in time 150 million years to prehistoric Earth ruled by dinosaurs. It was co-written by Craig Silverstein and British scribe Kelly Marcel, from an idea of Marcel’s. On the show, Braga joins fellow executive producers Silverstein, Marcel, Aaron Kaplan, Spielberg, Chernin, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank and Katherine Pope. Braga landed the job on Terra Nova after meeting with the heads of Fox, 20th TV, Spielberg and Chernin on Friday where the project gathered momentum toward a series order.
Braga is an experienced showrunner with strong sci-fi background, which includes stints on four Star Trek series: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, which he ran, and Enterprise, which he co-created and ran. He also ran CBS’ Threshold co-created ABC’s freshman drama Flash Forward. Braga was brought in to Terra Nova because Silverstein is in first position on the hot CW pilot Nikita, which he wrote and is executive producing. Braga was in a similar situation last year when he could not run Flash Forward, a series he created with David Goyer, because of his obligation to 24.
Braga, who spent the last two seasons on 24, most recently as an executive producer, is repped by WME, which also reps DreamWorks TV, Chernin Entertainment and Silverstein and put the project together.