What Went Down at Steven Spielberg’s “Idea Summit” to Create a Realistic Future for ‘Minority Report’
Posted on Wednesday, June 27th, 2012 by Angie Han
When a director puts a lot of thought into the details that fill out their cinematic world it shows, even if you don’t explicitly notice each little thing while you’re watching. It’s the difference between the generic sci-fi universes we’ve seen in a million aspiring films and truly memorable worlds like Avatar‘s Pandora and Blade Runner‘s neo-noir Los Angeles.
But part of what made Steven Spielberg‘s Minority Report so interesting was that its setting — Washington, D.C. in the year 2054 — wasn’t just striking, but impressively realistic. Spielberg had purposely set out to create a world that looked like the one we live in, only decades later. And with the help of the science and tech thinkers he brought together for an “idea summit,” he succeeded.
On the occasion of Minority Report‘s 10th birthday, several of the visionaries who helped build the movie’s familiar future recalled their experiences at the “ad hoc think tank.” Read on after the jump.