At Comic-Con on Friday, the audience in Ballroom 20 got a special sneak peek of one of this fall's new shows: Fox's Minority Report. The producers screened the first 20 minutes of the pilot and then discussed what else audiences can expect.
The show is based on the 2002 movie, in which Tom Cruise plays the head of the PreCrime division, who finds out he's going to murder a man he hasn't met yet. In the show, the year is 2065, 11 years after the events of the movie and the demise of the PreCrime unit. On the show, Meagan Good plays Lara Vega, a police detective who's contacted by Dash (Stark Sands), a pre-cog who's disturbed by visions of murders he can't stop.
The first 20 minutes of the pilot flesh out the premise and introduces us to the characters. Dash and his siblings Arthur and Agatha were the pre-cogs in the movie; now, they're all grown up and living in a remote location. But Dash still sees murders happen, and decides to move back to the city to try and prevent them.
But without his siblings, his visions are incomplete: He can only see flashes of details of the impending crime. In the opening scene, we see him try and fail to get to a murder before it happens. In a hologram phone call with his sister, we find out that he can't see his own future, but she can. She tries to warn him about the police officer he's going to join up with before he hangs up on her.
We meet Good's character as she analyzes the murder scene with rad future tech that lets her re-enact the crime, including augmented reality and technologically enabled contact lenses. (If you loved the way Tom Cruise controlled the computer with his hands in the initial movie, get ready to see a lot more of it.)
By the end of the clip, Vega and Dash have met up, and she's starting to catch on to why he was able to lead her to the murderer.
Panelists included Laura Regan, who plays pre-cog Agatha; Wilmer Valderrama, who plays a smarmy police lieutenant named Will Blake; Good; Sands; creator Kevin Falls; writer Max Borenstein and executive producer Darryl Frank.
They started by talking about where the movie left off; with the pre-cog siblings moving to a remote location to "retire" from the PreCrime unit.
"I thought, that's a show. I want to know what happens next," Borenstein said.
The 20-minute clip also hinted that we'll see more from Dash's siblings. In his hologram call to Agatha, she begs him to come home — presumably to the "pre-cog protection program" safe house.
"She's basically, for her own sanity, decided to isolate herself completely," Regan said of her character. "But her brothers have taken a different path." (We don't see Dash's twin Arthur in the first 20 minutes, but it was recently announced that Nick Zano had been cast to play him.) Regan described her character's relationship to the twins as "like a brother, but I also have a maternal feeling towards them."
Falls said that, mercifully, the producers don't plan on having Dash and Vega hook up.
"We approached this and wanted to do it in a fresh way," he said. "This is probably the first time [Dash has] talked to a woman at any length. So we didn't want to turn it into one of those romantic two-handers."
The show's overall tone is serious, but there were a couple of fun Easter eggs about the future, including a "selfie drone" and an ad for marijuana-infused "baked goods" and coffee. And the area Dash takes the subway to is called "Bartlett Plaza," a not-so-subtle reference to Falls' old show, The West Wing. Falls said in the panel that in the full pilot, there's evidence that The Simpsons is still on the air.
The producers also discussed Steven Spielberg's involvement in the pilot. This is the first Spielberg movie to be adapted to a television show, a pressure that "keeps us all up at night," according to Frank. Spielberg did consult and help out with the development of Minority Report, which Falls said was a huge help.
"He added so much to the show, infused it, I think," Falls said. "It's going to be a real entertaining show, thanks to him and his input."
And will Spielberg be directing an episode in the future?
"If we can afford him!" Falls joked.
Minority Report premieres Sept. 21 on Fox.
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