If you watched the trailer for Fox’s upcoming sci-fi series Minority Report, then you know pretty much all you need to know about the TV adaptation. A new teaser for the show doesn’t do much to add to the trailer, but if you’re curious about the series and only have 30 seconds to spare, then this is the video for you! I’ll admit that I’m interested in Fox’s take on the property (originally inspired by Philip K. Dick’s short story, which the synopsis seems to have forgotten about), especially since it centers on one of the Precogs who formed the heart and mind of law enforcement’s pre-crime intelligence unit. It’s a fresher take on the tired police procedural story.
And yet Fox has done this rather frequently in recent years to varying rates of success. A new take on the Sleepy Hollow mythology paired a cop with a man out of time in order to combat the forces of evil with anachronistic wit; that show has been renewed for a third season. In my opinion the superior series Almost Human, which paired a disgruntled cop with a socially awkward android, was cancelled before it found its legs. Fox is all about ratings, so whether or not Minority Report sticks around will depend more on how many viewers tune in than how good the show really is. My prediction? It will be a thoughtful and exciting sci-fi show that not enough people watch, dooming it to early cancellation. I hope I’m wrong on the latter point.
Check out the new Minority Report teaser below:
And in case you missed the story in this 30-second spot, here’s the series’ synopsis:
The future is coming. 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.