Spielberg Jumps on the Reboot Wagon, Developing 'Minority Report' For TV

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Spielberg Jumps on the Reboot Wagon, Developing 'Minority Report' For TV

By Emily Chambers | Trade News | August 22, 2014 | Comments ()


Maybe Hollywood could just say they’re going green. Recycling ideas has to be good for the environment too, right? Spielberg is the latest to dip into his own IMDB page for his next project.

Steven Spielberg is developing a TV series based on his 2002 hit sci-fi movie “Minority Report” that will be written by “Godzilla” scribe Max Borenstein and produced by Amblin Television, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap.

A spokesperson for Amblin Television deferred inquiries to a representative for Spielberg, who like Borenstein’s representatives, did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

Based on a futuristic story by Philip K. Dick, “Minority Report” starred Tom Cruise as the head of “PreCrime,” a special police unit that uses three psychics (i.e. “precogs”) to identify and arrest murderers before they commit their crimes. The protagonist is forced to go on the run when he’s accused of a future murder himself.

Here’s the problem I’m having:

A weekly series will likely focus on the elite PreCrime unit, with Spielberg expected to target a name actor for the lead, just as he did with Halle Berry on CBS’ sci-fi series “Extant.”

1.) Extant is horrible. (Nothing to do with this show, I just had to mention that.)

2.) Did Spielberg not see how his movie ended? Remember how the captain and biggest proponent of the Precrime unit realizes how flawed and corrupt the program is and has it shut down?

Because that ending demands a vastly different show from the one I think everyone expects. A show in line with the movie would be about how one of the creators of the Precog program went from trying to end all murders to being a murderer himself. About the compromises we make for success and safety. About walking the line between national security and a police state, and how that balance can be a corrupting force. And holy shit, that would be a great show!

But if you’re trying to give us Law and Order: Psychic Unit, I’m out.

Source: The Wrap

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • I continue to maintain that what he really needs to reboot is Hook.

  • Stephanie C. Bois


  • So much potential. So much of it seemed right. And in the end, I only liked Dustin Hoffman. This movie had all the right elements and just didn't work. That's when you should reboot something.

  • NateMan

    It's a progression that doesn't make sense. The audience for the movie aren't yet old enough to enjoy the nostalgia of a show based on the same premise.

  • John W

    Didn't they already do Minority Report kind of? It was called Almost Human.

    I hope it's better than Spielberg's last two television projects: Terra Nova and Extant.

  • It turns out that Steven Spielberg produces a lot of TV and most of it is horrible. Falling Skies and The United States of Tara are fine for what they are but you also have The River, Smash, and Under the Dome.

  • DeaconG

    Still jonesing over what happened to Almost Human. Fucking Fox (spit).

  • poopnado

    Man, this is one of those rare instances where I liked the movie better than the book. And Tom Cruise, even! I can see how it might work as a weekly series, but it should have a projected ending--maybe just 3 seasons?

    I know what I'm talking about.

  • I think the movie is very underrated but I have never understood how the frame up worked and it ended up being the weakest part of the movie. If they can follow the same basic thread as the movie this could be quite compelling but I really don't want a procedural either. Isn't the idea of an elite unit predicting crime what Person of Interest is about anyway?

  • NateMan

    Yeah. I figured that grew into this.

  • Two out of three precogs agree, the show will suck.

  • ed newman

    If you take WWII projects off the table, Spielberg's TV resume goes from meh to awful. I wouldn't get my hopes up.

  • Eh, I'll take Spielberg's version over the proposed Limbaugh-helmed reboot:

    CBS execs: "OK guys, let's hear your pitch for Minority Report."
    Limbaugh: "They're all still lazy, looting moochers who would rather suck off the government teat than get a real job. White people are still superior."
    CBS: "Ummmm..."
    Limbaugh: "You wanted my report on minorities. Here it is."
    CBS: "We'll call you."

  • Emily Chambers

    How long you been sitting on that joke, Brian?

  • Wrote it when the original came out. Saved to draft.

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