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MINORITY REPORT: Fox Secures TV Series from Spielberg’s Amblin TV

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Minority Report TV show is Coming to Fox. Fox has acquired the TV incarnation of Steven Spielberg‘s 2002 film Minority Report. The television production will not be a re-imagining of the film but a sequel to its events. “The series is envisioned as a sequel to the movie. It is set 10 years after the end of Precrime in DC. One of the three Precogs struggles to lead a “normal” human life, but remains haunted by visions the future, when he meets a detective haunted by her past who just may help him find a purpose to his gift.”

I believe that is a wise approach. Seeing Pre-crime intervene every week before a crime happened would have gotten very tiresome very quickly.

Fox was apparently hot for Minority Report (since they no longer have Fringe and Almost Human was canceled). Landed with a sizable pilot commitment, it “was bought pre-emptively by Fox, which I hear offered a penalty close to $1 million to take the property off the market.”

On the original film:

Minority Report is a 2002 American neo-noir science fiction thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg and loosely based on the short story of the same name by Philip K. Dick. It is set primarily in Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia in the year 2054, where “PreCrime”, a specialized police department, apprehends criminals based on foreknowledge provided by three psychics called “precogs”. The cast includes Tom Cruise as PreCrime Captain John Anderton, Colin Farrell as Department of Justice agent Danny Witwer, Samantha Morton as the senior precog Agatha, and Max von Sydow as Anderton’s superior Lamar Burgess. The film is a combination of whodunit, thriller and science fiction.

Spielberg has characterized the story as “fifty percent character and fifty percent very complicated storytelling with layers and layers of murder mystery and plot”. The film’s central theme is the question of free will versus determinism. It examines whether free will can exist if the future is set and known in advance. Other themes include the role of preventive government in protecting its citizenry, the role of media in a future state where electronic advancements make its presence nearly boundless, the potential legality of an infallible prosecutor, and Spielberg’s repeated theme of broken families.

I hope the show is entertaining and interesting but it has large shoes to fill with regard to the first three seasons of Fringe (the writing and plot-lines got better and better).

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Source: Deadline, Wikipedia

 

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