Posted on Friday, September 18th, 2015 by Fred Topel
The movie Minority Report left me with a lot of questions. Or actually, it left me with frustrating answers to their questions. The movie asks: If you can catch someone before they commit a crime, should you still imprison them? It’s supposed to be a moral conundrum, but the way the movie frames it, it’s simple. No, you never have to imprison anyone, because Precrime is 100% effective. The movie states that most criminals don’t even bother anymore because they know they’ll get caught. The only crimes predicted are crimes of passion, and once you stop those, they’re not going to try again. So with John Anderton (Tom Cruise) on the case, it’s the prison system that was unnecessary. He’ll always prevent every crime, even if the same person comes up 100 times.
Fox’s Minority Report TV series shows that there were complications the film didn’t explore. Now that the precogs are free, Dash (Stark Sands) is trying to save people from his psychic visions of their death, but he never gets there in time. So Precrime was only 100% effective under Anderton. Other people aren’t as reliable. It also suggests that telling someone you’re going to catch them won’t necessarily stop them from perpetrating a crime. I got deep into this with series writer Max Borenstein, with producer Kevin Falls sitting in, after the Minority Report panel for the Television Critics Association. Read More »
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Well, it’s not like the show got Tom Cruise to reprise his role, but Fox’s TV version of Minority Report can now boast at least one actor from the original Steven Spielberg-directed film. Daniel London, who played the Minority Report precog caretaker — the tech who helped manage the three clairvoyant visionaries in the movie — will now play that same role in the Minority Report TV series. Read More »
I’ve been trying to keep abreast of development on the possible Powers TV series for some time now. Okay, well, before February 2009, I thought I was keeping abreast of a possible Powers movie, but the interest has been there whatever the medium. If you don’t know the original comics, here’s the pitch: homicide detectives investigate cases related in some way to superpowered individuals, sometimes as the victim, sometimes as the perpetrator, or in some other respect. It’s not quite Law & Order: Heroes, but somebody is going to make that joke.
Right at the moment, it seems that progress on the show is going very well. Around two months ago, we now know, the comics creator Brian Bendis and Journeyman‘s creator Kevin Falls made their pitch to the FX channel’s president, John Landgraf. He described it as “a good take” and “great”, which might be just about as animated as he gets. As I type, Falls is apparently just hours away from handing his pilot script into the FX execs. He’s probably already started tying the brads.
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