11:45am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Female-Led 'Minority Report' TV Follow-Up Lands at Fox
It's official: Fox is plotting a TV sequel to Tom Cruise's 2002 feature Minority Report.
The drama has landed at the network with a hefty put-pilot commitment that has a significant penalty attached, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The Minority Report follow-up takes place 10 years after the end of Precrime in D.C., when one of the three Precogs struggles to lead a "normal" human life, but remains haunted by visions of the future. He meets a detective haunted by her past who just may help him find a purpose to his gift.
From Amblin Television, Paramount Television and 20th Century Fox Television, Godzilla's Max Borenstein will pen the script and executive produce. Amblin's Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank will executive produce.
The original sci-fi film was directed by Steven Spielberg — who executive produces Amblin's Falling Skies, Under the Dome, Extant, Red Band Society and more. The feature was loosely based on Philip K. Dick's short story and was set in D.C. in 2054, when Precrime, a specialized police department, arrests criminals passed on "foreknowledge" provided by "Precogs." Cruise starred as the head of the unit, while Colin Farrell played a DOJ agent and Samantha Morton was senior Precog Agatha. 20th Century Fox produced the feature alongside Amblin. Paramount Pictures, which owns DreamWorks' library, released the DVD.
For Amblin, the Minority Report revival comes as the company has seven series on five different networks: ABC's midseason drama The Whispers, CBS' Dome and Extant, FX's The Americans, TNT's Falling Skies and upcoming Public Morals as well as Fox's fall debut Red Band Society. The company also has TNT pilot Lumen in the works for a January shoot.
Paramount Television, meanwhile, continues to mine its library for TV. The banner has Nickelodeon's straight-to-series live-action comedy School of Rock in the works. The studio, which returned to TV production with 2013's ill-fated Beverly Hills Cop CBS pilot, is also tapping into its feature library for small-screen takes on Ghost, Terminator and The Truman Show, among other original fare, including Fox's live production of Grease.
Borenstein is repped by UTA, Anonymous Content and Rosen Feigh; Amblin is repped by WME.
Minority Report also marks the latest film to TV adaptation. FX's Fargo adaptation just won the Emmy for best miniseries; NBC's About a Boy returns for its second season in the fall and Parenthood will end its run this season, among others.
Worth noting: Larry Wilmore's Comedy Central series — also called Minority Report — will launch in January.