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

By Emily Cutler | Industry | August 22, 2014 |

By Emily Cutler | Industry | August 22, 2014 |

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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