Future criminals beware – the precogs are back. 12 years after the Tom Cruise vehicle became a critical and commercial success, Steven Spielberg is moving ahead with a TV adaptation of his film Minority Report, to be scribed by Godzilla screenwriter Max Borenstein.
Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment is behind the project, which will likely focus on the elite PreCrime unit seen in the film. It’s unclear how closely the TV adaptation will hew to the original film, which was based on a story by Philip K. Dick, but in Minority Report, the controversial police unit used three “precogs,” mutated humans with predictive abilities who could identify murderers before they ever carried out their crimes.
It’s a similar set-up to CBS’ Person of Interest, in which characters utilize advanced technology in order to thwart crimes before they happen, but that series’ success may indicate to Spielberg that there’s both still an appetite for the material and more to be covered with it. The director is expected to executive-produce as well as go after a lead actor for the project, as he did with Halle Berry for the CBS series Extant.
Borenstein will also executive-produce, alongside Amblin TV’s Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey. 20th Century Fox Television is producing with Amblin and Paramount TV, so it’s possible that Fox may get first dibs on the Minority Report series if the network wants it. After the pricey ratings disappointment that was sc-fi police procedural Almost Human, though, it seems unlikely that Fox would climb aboard.
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