Minority report tv series

Steven Spielberg is developing a small-screen adaptation of his hit 2002 sci-fi movie which starred Tom Cruise. The Minority Report TV series is being written by screenwriter Max Borenstein, for Amblin television.

Borenstein is best known as the screenwriter credited for Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla, but he is also writing Legendary’s King Kong prequel Skull Island. He was working on Disney’s secret project Paladin (never reported, but that was going to be a movie adaptation of Disney theme park ride Space Mountain), but sadly the project has been on the back-burner (from what I’ve heard) since the Mouse acquired that other little space-set franchise.

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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.

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Minority Report

At TED 2010, John Underkoffler, the science advisor for Steven Spielberg‘s Minority Report, gave a demo of futuristic g-speak 3D user interface.

Remember the data interface from Minority Report? Well, it’s real, John Underkoffler invented it — as a point-and-touch interface called g-speak — and it’s about to change the way we interact with data. John Underkoffler led the team that came up with this interface, called the g-speak Spatial Operating Environment. His company, Oblong Industries, was founded to move g-speak into the real world. Oblong is building apps for aerospace, bioinformatics, video editing and more. But the big vision is ubiquity: g-speak on every laptop, every desktop, every microwave oven, TV, dashboard. “It has to be like this,” he says. “We all of us every day feel that. We build starting there. We want to change it all.”

Watch the 15 minute video demo embedded after the jump.

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Cool Stuff: Futuristic Movie Timeline


Dan Meth has created a movie timeline for futuristic movies, proving that the future presented in sci-fi classics are rooted in alternatie parrellel universes. Check out the full timeline after the jump.

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