Everything We Learnt About Minority Report at San Diego Comic Con

Friday, 10 July 2015 - 5:27PM
Minority Report
Friday, 10 July 2015 - 5:27PM
Everything We Learnt About Minority Report at San Diego Comic Con
The first 20 minutes of the new Minority Report show premiered at San Diego Comic Con today, revealing that the show will pick up right where the movie left off, with the Pre-Cogs being released into a witness protection system after the Pre-Crime program was shut down by Tom Cruises exploits. However, despite their new-found freedom, one of the three Pre-Cogs, Dash (played by Stark Sands) still wants to help solve crimes using his powers of premonition. Unfortunately, his life in captivity has not prepared him for life in the big city in the year 2065, and he constantly finds himself one step behind the criminals who have helped create a new spike in murder rates since the abolition of the Pre-Crime program.

A Sci-Fi Procedural?


If you're wondering what format the show will take, the first 20 minutes appeared to suggest that it would blend traditional procedural elements with a broader over-arching sci-fi storyline. Meagan Good and Wilmer Valderrama will play the crime-fighting duo who find themselves struggling to take down their perps without in a world after the Pre-Crime program. Dash sees his opportunity and decides to use his abilities to help the pair out. But that's not all they have at their disposal. Valderrama revealed that the show will feature a "mind-blowing weapon" that helps the police eliminate many of the mistakes that have been so prevalent in present day police forces.

Social Commentary


This kind of social commentary and linking back to present day issues will apparently play prominently through the show. During the panel, all the guests agreed that a big focus of the show will be taking present day cultural issues and addressing them through the vehicle of a future world, whether those issues be police brutality or more light-hearted nods to present day icons. Executive Producer Kevin Falls said that when you watch the show, fans should be on the look out for subtle nods to present day culture. One such easter egg, which you'll see in the pilot episode is a hint that, even in 2065, The Simpsons is still going strong! 

Sci-Fi TV at Its Best


While the first 20 minutes of footage didn't give much away in terms of the wider storylines, one thing that really stood out was the way the showrunners have built this world of a big city in 2065. Borenstein said that a consultant at the MIT Media Lab helped them with how to sculpt the world in which the show exists. It shows, too. There are virtual selfie-drones that teens launch from glorified Apple watches there are subway cars with virtual roofs, heck there's even a scene with a jet pack.

Finally, Stark Sands revealed that the show will take a lot of inspiration from Phillip K. Dick's short story that served as the basis for the movie. If that's true and this show is executed as well as the first 20 minutes of footage suggests, there's every chance that Minority Report could provide some serious entertainment and intrigue for Sci-Fi fans.
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