Steven Spielberg is no stranger to the television landscape, but for one of his upcoming small screen projects it appears that he’s keen on mining one of his own properties. Spielberg is developing a Minority Report TV series based on his Tom Cruise-fronted 2002 sci-fi thriller of the same name, per The Wrap. As you well know, Minority Report was based on a Philip K. Dick short story that revolved around the PreCrime unit, which specialized in preventing crimes before they happened using a trio of “precogs” that could see the future. Sounds like a pretty solid premise for a weekly TV series, no? More after the jump.
The Wrap reports that Spielberg is developing the Minority Report TV series via his Amblin Television studio, with Godzilla scribe Max Borenstein set to pen the screenplay. In addition to Godzilla, Borenstein previously wrote Legendary’s long-delayed Seventh Son and is currently working on the King Kong redo Skull Island, and it appears that his talents have piqued Spielberg’s interest.
Spielberg plans on casting a name actor for the lead role, just as his did with Halle Berry in the CBS series Extant, on which he serves as an executive producer. He currently has his hands full prepping to direct a Cold War thriller this fall with Tom Hanks before segueing into a feature film adaptation of The BFG, but after that wraps next year, Spielberg is expected to be “closely involved” with the Minority Report TV series.
I think Minority Report is one of Spielberg’s best films and it certainly lends itself easily to a TV show format, but besides his HBO miniseries Band of Brothers and The Pacific, the filmmaker’s television track record isn’t exactly stellar. He tends to veer towards more sci-fi and genre fare like Terra Nova, Falling Skies, and Taken, and he even lent his talents to the much-maligned Smash. None of these shows were outright terrible (okay, maybe Terra Nova), but they don’t necessarily live up to the Spielberg promise—which isn’t surprising when a filmmaker as busy as Spielberg helps with the inception and launch of a series, but isn’t able to devote the time necessary for the day-to-day work of the show.
But maybe Minority Report will be different. Borenstein seems to be a talented guy, and since this is an adaptation of one of Spielberg’s own films, it’s possible that he’ll be a bit more invested in the show’s eventual outcome. What do you think, readers? Are you optimistic about the Minority Report TV series? Sound off in the comments below.