Confirmed: Live-Action “Jurassic” TV Series Underway, Will “Reimagine” the Original

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Ellen, Alan, and Lex looking at the T-Rex in 'Jurassic Park'

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Not only are there three Jurassic Park sequels currently in development, but now, a brand-new live-action “Jurassic” television series is “flocking this way.”

The demand for more dinosaur-related content is at an all-time high. Nine years ago, after the first Jurassic World (2015) breathed new life into the long-running Jurassic Park franchise by chomping over $1B out of the global box office, public interest in prehistoric natural life, particularly in the form of entertainment, was reinvigorated.

Two movie sequels, a short film, an animated television series, theme park attractions, exhibitions, and live tours later, the Jurassic franchise’s popularity shows no signs of waning. More upcoming content, from new video games to movie sequels and beyond, will continue to make the IP incredibly lucrative for many more years to come.

T-Rex roaring in the Visitor Center in 'Jurassic Park'
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So, when it comes to media entertainment franchises, needless to say, Jurassic Park (now packaged as Jurassic World) certainly dominates the market. But the tagline for the original 1993 film that reads, “If it isn’t Jurassic Park, it’s extinct,” isn’t entirely true.

While the original Jurassic Park (1993) certainly gave way for other “Jurassic” creations, the likes of BBC’s ground-breaking, six-part nature documentary-style series Walking With Dinosaurs (1999), which was narrated by Kenneth Branagh, took on a life of its own.

Check out a clip from the series below, per BBC Earth:

Much like Jurassic Park, computer-generated effects and animatronics, supplemented by the use of live-action footage from breath-taking worldwide locations, brought Walking With Dinosaurs‘ prehistoric beasts to life in impressive ways. With a budget of $9.9M, it was the most expensive documentary series per minute ($61,112) ever made at that time.

Walking With Dinosaurs also became the most-watched science-based series in British television during the 20th century and nabbed two BAFTA Awards and three Emmy Awards.

It also received critical acclaim from the science community and beyond, and spawned several spinoffs, a live theatrical show, video games, and even a loosely related movie adaptation of the same name in 2013. Check out the trailer below:

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Walking With Dinosaurs broke new ground in 1999, bringing dinosaurs to life on the small screen. While the prehistoric inhabitants of the series hardly compare to those of the Jurassic Park films, by small-screen standards, they were pretty remarkable.

Now, a new era is about to begin, as BBC has announced that “an exciting reimagining of one of the BBC’s best loved factual shows” is officially underway.

Jack Bootle, BBC Head of Commissioning, Specialist Factual, said in a statement that “a whole new generation of viewers is about to fall in love with Walking With Dinosaurs” all over again. He added that “each episode” of the new series will be “underpinned by the very latest science but is also filled with drama.”

An Atrociraptor in Malta in 'Jurassic World Dominion'
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Andrew Cohen, Head of BBC Studios Science Unit, added, “There is no bigger science series than Walking with Dinosaurs and we are incredibly excited to be bringing this much-loved brand to a whole new generation of audiences around the world.”

While it’s difficult to establish why the BBC has decided to usher in a new age of dinosaurs on the small screen, the fact that the Jurassic Park franchise seems to be enjoying yet another heyday is likely no coincidence. With new Jurassic Park films, games, and TV shows underway, there’s no better time to bring back an iconic series like Walking With Dinosaurs.

(L to R) 'Jurassic World Dominion' logo, Scarlett Johansson from 'Lucy', and the T-Rex from the 'Jurassic World Dominion' Winter Olympics trailer
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Per the BBC, the description for the new series reveals that throughout the six episodes, “We will meet a range of spectacular dinosaur species in an array of prehistoric landscapes” that include a Spinosaurus, “a youthful Triceratops battling a ravenous T. rex in North America,” and “a lonely giant Lusotitan risking it all for a love in Portugal.”

The new six-part series will follow in the same format of the original. It will be available on BBC One and BBC iPlayer, however, no release date has been announced.

In the meantime, if you’re hungry to sink your teeth into other “Jurassic” content, Jurassic World 4 (2025) is scheduled for release on July 2, 2025. There are also two new video games in the works, “Jurassic Park: Survival” (TBA) and “Jurassic World Evolution 3” (TBA).

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