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Minority Report: In Fox Drama's Future, Precrime Is Gone, Redskins Renamed

Fox’s Minority Report (premiering Monday, Sept. 21) is missing the key element behind the 2002 Tom Cruise film — and yet that tweak affirmed Steven Spielberg’s decision to finally adapt the sci-fi pic as a series.

Set in Washington, D.C. circa 2065 (11 years after the events of the movie), Minority Report presents a future where Precrime investigations have been disbanded, leaving a pre-cog named Dash (played by NYC 22′s Stark Sands) to go AWOL from his remote retreat, still fielding flashes of dire demises and thus wanting to secretly assist Detective Lara Vega (Deception‘s Megan Good).

Wilmer Valderrama (That ’70s Show) plays Vega’s colleague Will Blake, while Nick Zano (2 Broke Girls) and Laura Regan (Mad Men) are Dash’s pre-cog kin, Agatha and Arthur.

“The thing that really spoke to [Spielberg] was being able to bring these pre-cogs to life,” executive producer Darryl Frank said Thursday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills. “The chance to humanize the pre-cogs spoke to him more than anything.”

“It felt like just following up on the [Precrime] enforcer would be limiting,” said EP Max Borenstein. “[Whereas] the idea of focusing on the pre-cogs, the people who were traumatized by experiencing these murder visions all of their lives, is just fascinating. It allows us to dig into the ethical issues of what responsibility somebody has if they see that future. That was the reason we decided to shift focus.”

Of course, glimpsing and then acting on visions of the future present a variation of the old time-travel paradox — meaning, isn’t Dash, in success, tinkering with the future? “We’ve thought long and hard about the rules,” said Borenstein. “The pre-cogs are seeing the future as it it’s going to play out if they don’t interfere. But the moment they start interfering, things get fuzzier. It becomes a question of: Can you do enough to change that future?”

Speaking of the future: Fox’s Minority Report took some cues from the film’s own world-building and then added flourishes of its own.

“It goes from little things to big,” Borenstein says of the series’ version of 2065. “A small thing is we’re in Washington, D.C. and [the football team] is now called the Washington Red Clouds,” an homage to the great Native American leader. “We’re doing fun things like that, but we’re also doing larger things,” working in partnership with a MIT lab whose job is forecasting what the world will look like 50 years from now.

The show’s EPs affirmed that Spielberg is regularly relaying notes to them (sometimes in the form of a scan of a cocktail napkin sketch!), even between takes on the feature film he’s currently helming.

“It’s the first movie to go to television of his,” Frank quipped, “so no pressure at all!”

 

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17 Comments
  1. If it was TVLine’s job to forecast the show’s odds moving forward, they would be…

  2. m3rcnate says:

    Thought i heard this was like laughably awful when viewed at Comic Con by the public or reporters or something. I remember there was positive buzz about “Limitless” the TV series and this was like “oh god…that was awful, like i’m laughing during it it is so bad”.

    • lessthan says:

      I watched “Minority Report” at comic con but they only showed the first half of the first episode there, not the whole thing which probably skewed people’s reactions after watching it to a degree. It was flawed but I enjoyed what I saw. That’s the same review I’d give to “Limitless” as well, to be honest. It wasn’t perfect but I enjoyed it. I’m interested in seeing what happens on both shows going forward. Some might disagree, though :). The only pilot I saw (and I didn’t see all of them) that I thought was a slam dunk at comic con this year was “Lucifer,” to be honest. That one got quite a reaction in the room. People loved it.

  3. Lucifer says:

    Count me out, Spielberg’s TV productions are laughably bad.

  4. A. D. says:

    Renaming the REDSKINS in your show is ridiculous!

  5. Mr. Tran K says:

    The only reason to watch the TV version of Minority Report: Wilmer Valderrama.

  6. Jared says:

    Its ashame because I do love the cast, but I have zero interest in this show.

  7. Lizo says:

    I’m going to enjoy all 13 episodes that Fox will make before it gets cancelled. I’ll even enjoy them when they get aired out of order.

  8. Bob Backus says:

    Washington Red Clouds, pathetic, really pathetic. I do think they should be renamed, but we definitely need to take a cue from the protesters and completely ignore them and rename them something else, same goes for everything we named with them as a source. That would be what, a million things we need to rename?

    • Jooshua says:

      So if they aren’t allowed to offend a race of people, they should just ignore them, instead of maybe honoring them in some way? Lol.

  9. JTmoney989 says:

    Don’t know if this is off limits to talk about but this, lucifer, and a couple other pilots have leaked online by pirates. Torrent it. It’s not thay bad a show.