Well, this is kind of cool. Back in the middle of his Y2Kish renaissance (Mission Impossible II, Vanilla Sky, Collateral) Tom Cruise headed up Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report, and most of us loved it. The award-winning film was an adaptation of a Philip K. Dick short story, and centered around a Precrime police unit whose function it was to pre-apprehend criminals — before they actually committed an offense — based on knowledge obtained from a trio of seers called precogs. I don’t know why I’m telling you all this; if you’re here, you already know the story and you’re either excited by the news of a sequel series, or ready with a derisive comment. On the one hand, we have to wonder why Spielberg’s headed to television with his sequel — there’s no reason to believe a film follow-up wouldn’t do well. On the other, what with Fargo and True Detective breaking the series mold, could Fox be about to drop some (movie) star power on us? I can’t exactly imagine Cruise popping in for a cameo (you never know), but since Colin Farrell’s name has already been mentioned in those True Detective whispers, perhaps his DOJ man is a more likely candidate.
In an added, and smart twist — the series will be “female-led;” what exactly that means — perhaps a new Precrime unit — we don’t yet know. The only details released are as follows: The series is set 10 years after Precrime was shut down. Still haunted by visions, one of the Precogs is having problems to adjusting to his new life, when he meets a detective who’s facing her own challenges. The pair teams up to…I don’t know, form some Lotto numbers/horse racing scheme? With those scant details it’s hard to get excited, but I like the idea of female-led science fiction, and they did hire a good writer/executive producer: Godzilla’s (2014) Max Borenstein. Amblin Entertainment’s Justin Falvey (Extant, Under the Dome, Falling Skies) and Darryl Frank will also executive produce.
This is the second science fiction series Fox will cancel early next year.