The future looks bright for fans of Steven Spielberg’s ‘Minority Report,’ as the movie has now spawned a potential TV series that Fox has ordered a pilot for this upcoming season. The show is being produced by Amblin Television, Paramount Television and 20th Century Fox Television, with a script by Max Bornstein (‘Godzilla’), executive produced by Max Bornstein, Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank, and with Kevin Falls (‘The West Wing’) serving as the showrunner for the series. The deal with Fox is a put-pilot, with a 1 million dollar penalty on it, which makes it very likely that this show won’t be falling through the cracks.
As for the story the ‘Minority Report‘ show will follow? It will actually be a sequel to the original film, taking place 10 years after the end of PreCrime in Washington DC, which itself took place in the year 2054. The show will follow one of the precogs as it struggles to find its place in the world, while still haunted by visions of the future. Eventually the precog will meet a detective (who herself is haunted by a dark past) and the two work together to use the precog’s gift to do good in the world.
The good news is that Fox is usually fairly supportive of ambitious futuristic shows like this during initial promotion and first season, though any dip in ratings do lead the network to cut the show off its block quickly (and some would say rather unfairly), as most famously happened with Joss Whedon’s ‘Firefly‘ and more recently with last season’s ‘Almost Human.’ Here’s to hoping that the big names/studios behind the ‘Minority Report’ series are enough to keep the show on the air long enough to find it’s audience, and that the quality of the pilot comes close to the source film it came from.