“Minority Report” to be adapted into Fox TV series

12846e340e18c01b8e3cecf9119ae400By Craig Martin

Back in September, it was revealed that Fox was developing a sequel series to their 2002 hit film, “Minority Report,” and now The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that the series has been officially picked up to pilot by Fox. The sci-fi drama, which was described as one of the hottest scripts heading into pilot season, will pick up ten years after the events that took place in the film and will follow one of the three Precogs in the film as they struggle to lead a “normal” human life as they remain haunted by visions of the future. The main character will end up crossing paths with a female detective haunted by her past and who might just be the one person that can help him find a purpose to his gift.

Max Borenstein (“Godzilla”) wrote the pilot and will also serve as an executive producer alongside Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, and Darryl Frank. Fox has tapped Kevin Falls (“The West Wing,” “Franklin & Bash”) to be the series showrunner.

The original Academy Award nominated film, which was loosely based on a short story of the same name by Philip K. Dick, was directed by the acclaimed Steven Spielberg and starred superstar Tom Cruise in the lead role with Max von Sydow (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”), Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton (“John Carter”) in supporting parts.

For Spielberg’s company Amblin Entertainment, a “Minority Report” revival comes as the company currently has a staggering seven series running on five different networks: ABC’s midseason drama “The Whispers”, CBS’s “Dome and Extant,” FX’s “The Americans,” TNT’s “Falling Skies” and the upcoming “Public Morals” as well as Fox’s “Red Band Society.” The company also has “Lumen” in the works for a January start of production.

For Fox, “Minority Report” is the network’s first traditional pilot order for the 2015-16 season. The network co-heads Dana Walden and Gary Newman, previously handed out a straight-to-series pickup for Ryan Murphy’s “Scream Queens,” a comedy horror anthology series. The network also has Turkish remake “Runner” set up as another pilot that perhaps could enter the fray very soon.

As an additional note, this will be the second Tom Cruise film that received a sequel in the form of a television series, the first being “The Firm,” which was adapted into a sequel series by NBC and was later cancelled after one season. We’ll have to see if the same fate awaits “Minority Report.”

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