‘Minority Report’ TV Series in Development

Published 9 months ago by , Updated September 8th, 2014 at 12:49 pm,

minority report Minority Report TV Series in Development

Science fiction classics are making a comeback. A sequel to Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner is currently in the works at Alcon Entertainment, and cult favorites Battlestar Galactica and Babylon 5 are both being adapted for the big screen.

Now a more recent science fiction property is making a comeback – as a TV show.

According to The Wrap, Steven Spielberg is developing a TV series based on his 2002 sci-fi hit Minority Report, which will be penned by Godzilla writer Max Borenstein.

Now, the deal hasn’t closed quite yet, but should the series go forward at Amblin Television, Spielberg is expected to choose an actor as the lead, just as he did with Halle Berry on CBS’ newest sci-fi drama Extant.

For those who may have missed it, Minority Report starred Tom Cruise as PreCrime Captain John Anderton, a policeman in 2054 who used humans with precognitive abilities to stop murders before they happened. As always, there were a few flaws in the system, and Anderton ended up on the run in an action-packed thrill ride.

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This isn’t the first “pre-crime” science fiction series to debut on CBS. Back in 2011, Person of Interest – which has a a similar premise – premiered to high ratings and great reviews. The crime-drama, quickly dubbed Minority Report-lite by the media, followed “an ex-CIA hitman and a scientist who team up to prevent crimes before they happen.”

Person of Interest is now entering its fourth season, and its success very well could’ve paved the way for Minority Report to be adapted for TV.

However, as many know, Minority Report is actually based on a short story by author Philip K. Dick. So it’s just as possible that, following the success of last year’s Under the Dome and the moderate success of this summer’s Extant, Spielberg could simply be looking to adapt his original movie rather than follow in the other series’ footsteps.

What do you think about Spielberg bringing Minority Report to TV? Is there room for both Person of Interest and Minority Report on CBS? Let us know in the comments.

Stay tuned to Screen Rant for more Minority Report TV series news as it becomes available.

Source: The Wrap

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  1. Never seen the film. But the Colbert Report is being replaced by Minority Report. No need for 2 shows with the same name.

  2. Better have Cruise in the lead role 😉

  3. Minority Report is one of the best dystopian films to come out of that decade, but I don’t think that any TV series can capture the feel and overwhelmingly fascist face of the future United States, not to mention the subtle satire of the Bush Administration, that Spielberg’s film was.

    If anything, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. should take note and carry out the themes started on The Winter Soldier. If there’s one TV show I want to that takes cues from Spielberg’s brilliant film it’s Marvel’s.

    • Nave Kent writes…
      Minority Report is one of the best dystopian films to come out of that decade, but I don’t think that any TV series can capture the feel and overwhelmingly fascist face of the future United States, not to mention the subtle satire of the Bush Administration, that Spielberg’s film was.
      Very well said.

      While I would LOVE to see this as a series, I’m not sure that CBS is the right venue.
      Part of the reason I’m geeked for ‘Westworld’, is that it’s going to be on HBO.
      As much as I enjoy Spielberg’s ‘Extant’ (which will likely be canceled), it would have benefited from being on premium cable (or FX, at least).
      Thinking about it…I wouldn’t be surprised if this is going to replace Extant for CBS, next summer.
      One thing is certain, they will have to change the title. As was mentioned, Comedy Central is going to have their own ‘Minority Report’ (which I’m looking forward to watching).

  4. I love the hell out of Person of Interest. I have no issues with the idea of a Minority Report TV series, either in and of itself, or as it might coexist with PoI (logline-style descriptions might make the two seem near-identical, but they are certainly not). I like the original Minority Report story, and I like the movie, but I’d still be up for this new version.

    It just has to be entertaining, which it may or may not be. No sense in me worrying too much about it yet.

  5. Great..another show putting cops on a pedestal..

    • The movie didn’t. The cops were the Antagonists.

      Did you see the movie?

  6. CSI Precog?

    Sounds cool, but wish it was on HBO or AMC.

  7. I like the idea of it, but it being on CBS takes away some enthusiasm.

  8. Why? The movie told the whole story & gave us the ending.

  9. It sounds like it may well be treading the procedural line of having one off stories from week to week and probably also an over-arching plot of the main character trying to work out how and why they were predicted to murder some mystery person… The original Philip K Dick short story is well worth a read as its punchier than the film and explains the whole concept of majority and “minority reports” with much more clarity.

  10. One of my top 5 favorite sci-fi movies. Can’t wait.

    • Right! Me too

  11. I just want Almost Human back.

  12. Why is it dystopian futures always put conservatives as being the driver of this type future? When in fact it’s Liberals that want to control everything you do.

    • Really? Are you familiar with the term ‘progressive’? Liberals aren’t evil, and despite my not being a fan of most conservatives…they’re not evil, either.
      Extremism is the issue, always has been. Something both sides are capable of being.

      But anyhow…Am I right in assuming this series wouldn’t interest you, then?

    • Say what now??

  13. I never took to PoI. Minority Report was a terrific movie though. With the right actor in the lead I could really get behind this.