A TV series based on Minority Report is going to get a pilot ... but there will be at least one major change from the movie.
The news broke last month that Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television was developing a TV show based on his 2002 movie version of Philip K. Dick's story "The Minority Report," and now the proposed show has been picked up by Fox as a "put pilot," meaning the pilot has to air or else a financial penalty must be paid by the network.
The show will be written by Max Borenstein (Godzilla), and Deadline reports that one major alteration from the movie is that the lead role, a detective "haunted by her past," will be female (Tom Cruise, of course, was the lead in the movie). The show will be set 10 years after the movie and will follow the lead character as she tries to help a former Precog find a new purpose for his ability to see the future after the collapse of the Precrime division in Washington D.C.
A woman in the lead role (an area where TV continues to blow away the movies) could certainly give a fresh perspective to the story and distinguish the series from the movie. There's no word yet on who could land the role, but I would not be surprised to see a name actress nab it, in the same way that Halle Berry is starring in another Spielberg show, Extant.
While it's still not a foregone conclusion that Minority Report will become a full-fledged series, it seems almost certain that we'll get a chance to see what it could look like. Do you think this material is strong enough to carry an entire series? Who would you like to see in the lead?