Starting in September 2015, network television’s going to be filled to the brim with a near non-stop glut of feature film adaptations - including, Limitless and Rush Hour from CBS, Uncle Buck on ABC and, as we’re here to discuss today, Minority Report on Fox. Now, with a little over a month to go before the adaptation’s series premiere, the network has unleashed a brand new featurette (see above) to explain just where things stand at the beginning of the TV show.
Written by Godzilla screenwriter Max Borenstein, the Minorty Report TV show pilot starts up ten years after the events of the Tom Cruise film directed by Steven Spielberg - which, if you recall, concluded with the dissolution of the Pre-Crime program. Now, after living out-of-sight for the last decade, one of the precogs wants back in the game of stopping crimes before they happen… but that’s easier said than done without his siblings by his side.
Meagan Good (the Think Like a Man movies) costars in Minority Report as Lara Vega, a detective who joins forces with the precog Dash (Stark Sands), in order to prevent murders before they happen - and bend the rules as necessary, as Good notes in the above featurette. The duo will eventually join forces with Dash's brother, Arthur; originally, the plan was for Dash and Arthur to be identical twins that were both played by Sands, but now the Arthur character is being portrayed by actor Nick Zano (2 Broke Girls, Happy Endings), instead.
It wasn’t too long ago news broke that Steven Spielberg had issued a seal of approval for the new Minority Report series by choosing to utilize his option to list himself as an executive producer. Spielberg was not heavily involved in the small screen continuation of his sci-fi film (based on Philip K. Dick's short story), bur he can pick and choose to be credited as an executive producer credit for any Amblin Television project. So, if he chose to here, clearly something impressed him enough in the pilot episode to exercise that option.
Minority Report does contain a (pre)crime of the week premise that can work for television, and it’s nice that the series paying homage to the Tom Cruise film (while also going its own way in terms of look). Spielberg's movie was presented in a very bleak, very blue visual palette, whereas the TV series is utilizing a much brighter aesthetic. Essentially, that brighter feel is saying things have gone fairly well since the end of pre-crime - but have they really? Perhaps there’s much more hiding under the surface of this new, post-pre-crime future...
Minority Report premieres September 21st, 2015 at 9/8c on Fox.