Fox lost a few dramas when the network cancelled Backstrom and The Following yesterday, and it looks like the network is looking to replenish its drama lineup with properties at least some people will be familiar with. This week, the network announced that the Minority Report-based project will be heading to series. In addition, comic book property Lucifer is also getting a shot at glory, joining the previously announced new shows Rosewood and The Frankenstein Code.
Of all of the rebooted, revitalized and reworked programs headed to TV next fall, Minority Report has one of the most interesting premises. Minority Report is expected to pick up about a decade after the events in the original Steven Spielberg film starring Tom Cruise. One of the three Precogs from the film, a character named Dash will be the lead in the TV series; Dash was used in the PreCrime unit a decade earlier to psychically live crimes before they happened. He’s been living in torment for some time, but in the series he will meet a detective who may find a new way to repurpose his special gifts.
Original cast member Daniel London, who played caretaker Wally in the 2002 movie, will be back for the new series. The cast will also feature Meagan Good, Stark Sands, Wilmer Valderrama, Laura Regan, Li Jun Li and Zhane Hall. Deadline reports that Spielberg was so pleased by the pilot that he opted for an executive producer credit on the drama, which will hopefully bode well.
In addition to the big Minority Report pickup, Fox is adding another comic book series to its lineup. Lucifer is headed to series, thanks to a pilot written by Tom Kapinos and directed by Len Wiseman. The plot of the comic has been retooled to follow Lucifer as he leaves “his kingdom” and heads to Los Angeles, where he will help the LAPD to wreak havoc on criminals. Tom Ellis will be the lead in that series and former Chicago Fire actress Lauren German has also taken a lead role.
Both shows based on comics and TV takes on old premises are super hot right now, but they also face stiff competition. Lucifer has the likes of Gotham, The Flash, Daredevil, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and many, many more to compete with. Minority Report is a little different, since a lot of the other revitalized shows do not have a science fiction bent, but the networks and streaming services are look to garner eyeballs from shows as diverse as Coach, The X-Files, Limitless and Rush Hour. It’ll be interesting to see which of the new shows will garner audiences during the 2015-2016 TV season and which won't.
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