FOX’s ‘Minority Report’ Teases 2065 Future, ‘Orphan Black’ Comparisons
FOX’s Minority Report has remained curiously under wraps for a a fall-premiering pilot, having undergone some reshoots and story changes, but the cast and crew gathered at TCA to drop new future intel. Preview the PreCrime-free world of 2065, and learn why producers used Orphan Black to justify reshoots with the latest on FOX’s Minority Report.
Speaking at yesterday’s panel, writer Max Borenstein previewed that the series will work with an MIT lab to help better envision the world of 2065, ten years after the events of the film, in which smaller changes like the Washington Redskins becoming the Washington Red Clouds will be observed. And while Borenstein and others spoke to the PreCog “rules” and logistics, producers answered the question of splitting up the twin “PreCog” characters Arthur and Dash (Stark Sands), adding Nick Zano in the former’s role.
We had always envisioned the Arthur role as being one that was a little smaller. It was one that could be played by one actor, from a production standpoint. Then as we fleshed out who Arthur was and his differences from Dash and how much of a role we wanted him to play in the series going forward, it became clear from a creative standpoint that it made sense to have two very different kind of distinct actors playing those roles. And also from a production standpoint, one has eight to nine days to make an episode, and if one actor is playing two lead roles, you’re in deep water.
When the role got bigger and I started to realize what we actually work with in terms of time for any given episode, it started to become very clear that as appealing as that Orphan Black model was in our imagination, that it made sense and from a creative standpoint — as we really began to dig in — it was less about retooling than it was about getting in the room and saying, ‘Who is Arthur?’
Whether or not Stark Sans would have been up to the Tatiana Maslany task of playing his own twin, Borenstein noted that Sands himself has an identical twin in real life, though “he’s not an actor!”
The new iteration of the sci-fi drama centers on Lara Vega (Meagan Good), a detective who partners with former Pre-Cog Dash, who despite his attempt to lead a normal life is haunted by visions of the future after PreCrime’s end. The series also stars That ‘70s Show alum Wilmer Valderrama as Detective Will Blake, a newbie filling in for Lara while on leave.
Executive produced by Steven Spielberg, penned by Godzilla writer Max Borenstein and directed by Mark Mylod, the new iteration picks up 10 years after the fall of PreCrime, as established during the events of the film. Daniel London will reprise his role as Pre-Cog caretaker Wally, while The Following star Li Jun Li will play the role of Akeela, a CSI technician who works closely with Vega, and Laura Regan will play the role of female Pre-Cog Agatha.
In the meantime, check out the latest trailers for the September 21 premiere below.