A post-watershed Primeval spinoff will begin production later in the year, it has been announced.
The sci-fi drama began on ITV1 in 2007 and was recommissioned for a fourth and fifth series as part of a co-production deal between ITV and UKTV. While the fifth series was shown on Watch earlier this year, no details of its ITV1 broadcast have been confirmed.
Broadcast reports that Indie production company Impossible Pictures has secured an order for the "older, darker and scarier" Primeval: New Order from Canadian sci-fi broadcaster Space, which previously acquired the UK series.
The 13, one-hour episodes - said to have a budget of $2.5 (£1.6m) per episode - will follow a group of North American scientists and animal experts who investigate the arrival of prehistoric and futuristic creatures in the modern day world. The show will feature a "younger, sexier" cast, while storylines will also explore characters' relationships.
Production will begin in Vancouver in the winter, with the show expected to air in a 9pm slot during autumn next year. "This will be a bigger, better, badder re-imagining of the show, rather than a continuation," said Impossible managing director Jonathan Drake.
"We are really looking forward to working with [production company] Omni to help make a series that can exceed even the huge success of the original Primeval in international markets and with viewers across the world."
UKTV is said to be involved in talks to arrange a co-production deal for Primeval: New Order.