'Minority Report' Reboot Lands Fox Pilot Pickup

Kevin Falls will serve as showrunner
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Updated 1/17: Fox announced at TCA that Mark Mylod (Backstrom, The Affair, Game of Thrones) will direct the pilot.

Development season's reboot craze has made its way to pilot season.

Fox has picked up to pilot its follow-up to Minority Report, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The drama, one of the hottest scripts heading into pilot season at the network, landed at Fox with a hefty put-pilot commitment with a significant penalty attached.

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From Amblin Television, Paramount Television and the network's sibling studio 20th Century Fox Television, Godzilla's Max Borenstein penned the script and executive produces. Amblin's Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank  executive produce. Kevin Falls (The West Wing) will serve as showrunner.

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.

The original sci-fi film was directed by Steven Spielberg, who executive produces Amblin's Falling Skies, Under the Dome, Extant and Fox's Red Band Society,among others. 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." Tom 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.

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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 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 GhostTerminator and The Truman Show, among other original fare, including Fox's live production of Grease.

For Fox, Minority Report marks its first traditional pilot order for the 2015-16 season. The network, under Fox Television Group co-heads Dana Walden and Gary Newman, previously handed out a straight-to-series pickup for Ryan Murphy's Scream Queens, a comedy horror anthology series. The network also has Turkish remake Runner set up as a cast-contingent pilot.

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