You may or may not remember Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report from 2002 that starred Tom Cruise. It’s been turned into a TV series, which will air on Fox this fall.
Fox released the first trailer for the upcoming series, which reveals quite a bit about the plot and characters we’ll meet. If you haven’t seen it yet, give it a watch and continue past the break.
How Is the TV Series Different from the Movie?
As you can see from the trailer, the premise of the series is remarkably similar to the movie. At its center are the “precogs” who experience visions of the future, and these visions are used to stop crimes before they are committed.
The series actually takes place after the events in the film. It’s a sequel of sorts.
At the end of Minority Report, the PreCrime system is dismantled and the precogs are eventually freed. The TV series will focus on a single precog — one of the twins — and his ominous visions of future events. He teams up with a resourceful detective to put an end to the events he encounters.
From what you can see in the trailer, there will be plenty of Sci-Fi technology on display such as the Halo headset we see used on criminals in the movie. It’s likely the show will follow narrative similar to a procedural crime thriller narrative, since those types of shows are popular these days.
At the end of the movie, we do see the precogs — Agatha, Arthur and Dashiell — enter into a life of seclusion somewhere in the country. Dashiell, the main focus of the TV series, apparently leaves hiding to solve the crimes he sees in his visions.
What Else Do We Know?
We do have the lengthy synopsis from Fox that reveals a lot about the series plot.
Based on the international blockbuster film by executive producer Steven Spielberg and the first of his films to be adapted for television, MINORITY REPORT follows the unlikely partnership between a man haunted by the future and a cop haunted by her past, as they race to stop the worst crimes of the year 2065 before they happen.
Set in Washington, D.C., it is 10 years after the demise of Precrime, a law enforcement agency tasked with identifying and eliminating criminals…before their crimes were committed. To carry out this brand of justice, the agency used three precogs – “precognitives” Dash, Arthur and Agatha – who were able to see the future. Now, in 2065, crime-solving is different, and justice leans more on sophisticated and trusted technology than on the instincts of the precogs.
Precog DASH (Stark Sands, “Inside Llewyn Davis”) – driven by his terrifying, but fragmented visions – now has returned in secret to help a brash, but shrewd, police detective, LARA VEGA (Meagan Good, “Think Like A Man” franchise, “Californication”), attempt to stop the murders that he predicts.
As they navigate this future America, they will search for Dash’s missing twin brother, ARTHUR, and elude others who will stop at nothing to exploit their precog abilities. Also complicating matters is Dash and Arthur’s ingenious, but reclusive, foster sister, AGATHA (Laura Regan, “Mad Men,” “Unbreakable”), who just wants Dash to return home.
A drama of crime and conspiracy, this is a timeless story of connection: two lost souls, Dash and Vega, who find friendship, purpose and redemption in each other.
Sounds like a good one, but I’ll wait until the show drops to make a final judgement. Before we close out, here’s a little fun fact: The names of the precogs actually derive from those of famous mystery authors — Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle and Dashiell Hammiett. They were chosen because the film has a neo-noir science-fiction mystery overtone.