Minority Report, the hot drama project from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and Godzilla writer Max Borenstein, has landed at Fox with a big put pilot commitment. The series, based on the 2002 movie directed by Spielberg, hails from 20th Century Fox TV and Paramount TV, whose feature siblings produced the Tom Cruise-starring film. It was bought pre-emptively by Fox, which I hear offered a penalty close to $1 million to take the property off the market.
The series is envisioned as a sequel to the movie. It is set 10 years after the end of Precrime in DC. One of the three Precogs struggles to lead a “normal” human life, but remains haunted by visions the future, when he meets a detective haunted by her past who just may help him find a purpose to his gift. Borenstein will executive produce with Amblin TV’s Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey. Spielberg, who obviously is close to the property, was involved in developing the series take.
The deal marks Fox’s return to an arena it tackled with another futuristic drama, Almost Human, last season. In addition to Minority Report, Amblin TV has supernatural drama The Possession Of Maggie Gill from writer John Glenn at NBC. The company has seven series on the air including the upcoming Red Band Society, also on Fox. Its pilot Lumen is awaiting formal green light at TNT. Paramount’s year-old TV division also has business with Fox — it is producing a live staging of Grease for the network. It also recently received a 13-episode, straight-to-series pickup by sibling cable network Nickelodeon for a live-action musical comedy based on the 2003 Paramount feature School Of Rock and is developing a Shutter Island series for HBO with Martin Scorsese.
Borenstein is with UTA, Anonymous Content and attorney Eric J. Feig. Amblin TV is with WME.
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