Minority Report has been ordered as a TV pilot by Fox, and currently is scheduled for the 2015-16 season.
The Hollywood Reporter provided details of the deal, along with a short synopsis of the new take on the story.
“From Amblin Television, Paramount Television and the network’s sibling studio 20th Century Fox Television, Godzilla’s Max Borenstein penned the script and executive produces. Amblin’s Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank executive produce. Kevin Falls (‘The West Wing’) will serve as showrunner.
“The ‘Minority Report’ follow-up takes place 10 years after the end of Precrime in D.C., when one of the three Precogs struggles to lead a ‘normal’ human life, but remains haunted by visions of the future. He meets a detective haunted by her past who just may help him find a purpose to his gift.”
According to Deadline, the deal between the producers of Minority Report and Fox carries a “$1 million penalty” (payable to the producers) if the pilot doesn’t air on TV.
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) January 10, 2015
The film version of Minority Report premiered in 2002. Steven Spielberg directed it, and Tom Cruise starred in it. Their movie was based on a short story (The Minority Report) by Philip K. Dick. The plot of the speculative fiction movie revolved around a police unit that was tasked with predicting and stopping crimes before they happen.
Kevin Fitzpatrick writing at ScreenCrush commented on Minority Report being relaunched for television.
“The TV-movie reboot trend shows no signs of stopping, though at least one intriguing exception has its own marching orders. FOX’s ‘Minority Report‘ sequel series has an official pilot order, picking up where the 2002 Steven Spielberg-Tom Cruise thriller left off to tell an all-new PreCrime tale.”
Time will tell if television viewers are interested in more Minority Report. But on a good note for the producers and Fox TV, Minority Report maintains its brand recognition in mainstream culture even as the movie is well over a decade old.
For instance, the Guardian published a story in June 2013 saying, “How Hollywood softened us up for NSA surveillance,” and referenced Minority Report as one such example.
More recently, CNET published how “Intel tech brings us closer to the world of ‘Minority Report,'” based on what was presented at the Consumer Electronics Show this week.
And Techly blogged on January 6 that, “An Indiegogo Project Wants To Solve Crimes With ‘Minority Report’-Type Artificial Intelligence.”
“The Indiegogo video states that the system uses artificial intelligence to pull information it finds from its sources (criminal databases, community reports etc.) and works to identify criminals based on past behaviour, facial recognition, and intent.”
The Inquisitr reported in August 2014 that Amblin Entertainment was working on producing a Minority Report television series.
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