Fox’s Minority Report continues to come together. After getting the green light from the network to produce a pilot, they’ve put together a solid cast, and today they’ve added two more new faces: Meagan Good and Stark Sands.
Fox’s Minority Report has been rolling along at a good clip. The development process appears to be going fairly smooth, and after the pilot got the green light from the network last month, they’ve added two new pieces to the cast, or more accurately, one new piece, and one old piece.
You’re probably well aware that Minority Report the series is based Minority Report the movie, the 2002 Steven Spielberg-directed, Tom Cruise-starring sci-fi actioner (which is, itself, based on a Philip K. Dick short story). Cruise is not going to be back for the upcoming show—unless it’s terrible, you have to imagine that this will get picked up, though it’s Fox, so it’ll be cancelled right when we fall in love with it—but according to Deadline, Daniel London, who appeared in the film, will reprise his role for the pilot. Newcomer Li Jun Li is also set to join the party.
Wow, here’s some news about hard sci-fi on your television that has nothing to do with the Syfy channel, which feels rare these days as damn near every ambitious genre project seems to originate with them. We first heard last August that a version of Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report, which is of course based on a Philip K. Dick short story, is headed to our TV sets. After learning a few additional details since then, the series has now been given the green light by Fox.
Variety reports that the network has approved a formal order for a Minority Report pilot for the 2015-2016 development cycle. 20th Century Fox TV and Paramount TV are working on the project, and Max Borenstein (Godzilla) is handling the writing duties and will executive produce along with Daryl Frank and Justin Falvey from Amblin TV. Kevin Falls will serve as showrunner.
When it comes to movie adaptations of books, 100% faithful isn’t always a good thing, nor is unfaithful necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes a slavishly faithful transfer from a book results in a cinematic mess, whereas a film that only uses the source material as a leaping-off point can generate something fun or fascinating it its own right. Consider Paul Verhoeven’s Starship Troopers, which ended up satirizing many of the themes and concepts Robert Heinlein addressed with a straight face in his 1959 novel. As a result, Verhoeven’s Starship Troopers is by no means a faithful adaptation of Heinlein’s, but it is undeniably entertaining in its own right.
In honor of Verhoeven’s Starship Troopers having just celebrated an anniversary, we decided to look back at some of our favorite unfaithful science fiction book adaptations that nevertheless turned out just fine.
One of television’s current favorite trends is spinning feature films into series, and shows like FX’s Fargo have proven how this concept can be a success. Time will tell for the roughly 3,000 other similar projects currently in development. One of those, a longform sequel to Steven Spielberg’s 2002 thriller Minority Report, has been in development over the past few weeks, and Fox is the network that beat all the others to drop a bunch of money into the project’s lap. Say goodbye to dreams of weighty cable fare everyone, if you ever even had them in the first place.
To specify things, Fox didn’t actually order Minority Report to series, but they shelled out major coin for a put-pilot commitment, which means they’re required to air the series’ pilot or pay a very stiff penalty should they break that contract. It’s basically saying they’re either definitely going to officially order it soon, or they’re perfectly comfortable with hemorrhaging money on a whim. We wouldn’t be surprised by either choice. We also wouldn’t be surprised if they change the name to Future Crime Unit and this becomes a procedural.
You know who Steven Spielberg is. He’s the filmmaker responsible for some of the most celebrated, beloved movies of the last 40 years. His resume is like a laundry list of great films, from Jaws and Raiders of the Lost Ark, all he way up to Schindler’s List and Lincoln. He also has an obvious soft spot for science fiction, with the likes of E.T., Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Jurassic Park, and so many more. You know him via his movies, and though he still remains active as a film director, he’s been busy in the television realm lately as well, producing shows like CBS’ Extant. And now these two sides of his career are about to collide, as he plans to bring one of his fan favorite sci-fi films, Minority Report, to the small screen as a continuing series.
Based on Philip K. Dick’s short story of the same name, The Wrap reports that Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment is working to produce a TV serial around the 2002, Tom Cruise-starring film. To further this end, they’ve also reportedly hired Godzilla writer Max Borenstein. While that first part is totally exciting, the last part is rather meh. We loved Godzilla, but more for the monster and the spectacle, not for the story, writing, or characters, which all left much to be desired. Lets just say that the writing is not the strongest element of the film.