Upfronts: Fox’s “Virtuality” gets Peter Berg boost

PeterbergSci-fi pilot “Virtuality” shot high up on Fox’s radar on Sunday with word that Peter Berg has signed on to helm the two-hour pilot and exec produce. Project is believed to be set to lens this summer.

Berg (pictured left), whose Will Smith actioner “Hancock” hits multiplexes in July, has been one of the most sought-after helmers in this truncated pilot season. “Virtuality,” penned by “Battlestar Galactica’s” Ron Moore and Michael Taylor, revolves around a long-range NASA mission and involves a limitless world of virtual reality.

Berg’s producing partner Sarah Aubrey and Film 44 banner will be a coproducer along with Universal Media Studios and Lloyd Braun and Gail Berman’s BermanBraun banner.

Fox seems hell-bent on fantastic voyages with its drama picks his year. J.J. Abrams’ “Fringe” sounds “X-Files”-ish with a femme FBI agent investigating reports of unusual medical and scientific phenomena. Joss Whedon’s “Dollhouse” is about people who live together in a futuristic dormitory and are “imprinted” with different personalities for various assignments. Also back for more reality-bending fun next season are the cyborgs of “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.”

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