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|Minority Report, the short story by Philip K. Dick was first published in 1956 in the magazine Fantastic Universe. The story is to be made into a film, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Cruise. The budget is rumored to be over $80 million with plenty of special effects in store. The Minority Report is positioned to be one of the biggest films of next year and one of the best science fiction movies of all time.
Gary Goldman, Ron Shusett
Jon Cohen and Scott Frank
based on the short story by Philip K. Dick
Max Von Sydow
Jan de Bont
Gary Goldman & Ron Shusett (Executive)
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Curtis added, "It is this future where murder no longer exists. This team of people, led by Anderton [the Cruise character], goes out and arrests murderers before they commit murder. The question of whether or not they actually would have done it if they had been given the choice comes into play. [The story] really twists and turns. ... Steven talked about it not as science fiction, but as a future reality." She described Cruise's character as "a man on the run from a system he believed in."
Minority Report is based on a short story of the same name by renowned SF author Philip K. Dick. Like A.I., which was based in part on a short story by SF author Brian Aldiss, Spielberg is using Dick's story only as a springboard for a new story, Curtis said. "I would say the journey Steven went on in A.I. prepared him for how he wanted Minority Report to look," she said. Spielberg is currently shooting Minority Report. A.I. opens June 29.
Philip K. Dick fans were disappointed when this news broke. Minority Report, the film based on a Philip K. Dick short story and starring Tom Cruise, has been delayed until April 2001 to allow Spielberg to complete the long rumored Stanley Kubrick pet-project A.I.
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Tom Cruise also talked about the project during the Golden Globes with Fink quoting him as saying, "This is a dream to be able to work with Steven. I can't wait to get on the set with him just to see how he does it. He is such a visionary."
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It caused the price of the Minority Report stock on Hollywood Stock Exchange to plummet. However online investors responded with a short blitz of trading that resulted in a brief upswing. View the Minority Report Stock Quote (MREPO) from Hollywood Stock Exchange.
Set in a futuristic New York City, John Anderton is the head of a police agency called Precrime. Using the powers of three helpless "precogs", the agency is able to foresee when a murder occurs and arrest the murderer before the crime. The tactics have been successful, cutting down felonies by 99.8% during Anderton's tenure.
Fantastic Universe, Jan. 1956. Featuring
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Anderton finds that he has been accused of pre-murder and he must prove his innocence through the course of the story. He also must deal with the fact that a younger man, Ed Witwer is after his job. His wife Lisa has her own motivations as well. The story is a roller coster ride through the realm of the impossible. Intrigue and paranoia are common states of mind for John Anderton as he tries to figure out who are his allies and enemies as well as the truth behind the accusation.
This story leaves many possibilities for a filmmaker's interpretation. Minority Report as a whole relies a lot on the imagination. It has a strong pulp sci-fi quality that creates a cool retro/futuristic atmosphere that could translate into a dynamic environment similar to Dark City or The Thirteenth Floor. Since it is only a short story, descriptions are rather brief, instead focusing on the complexities of the plot
In the hands of Steven Spielberg and Dreamworks, anything is possible on the big screen. They have the resources, experience and budget to create one of the most intense science fiction movies ever made. If Spielberg is able to understand and translate Dick's deeper questions (of guilt and innocence, the role of law enforcement in modern society and the tentative nature of reality) among the heavy-duty action sequences, this movie could live up to its true potential.
The Minority Report can be found in the following PKD collections:
- Fantastic Universe - Jan. 1956 (see cover above)
- The Variable Man - Ace, (1957) (cover)
- The Philip K. Dick Reader - published 1987 by Citadel Twilight
- The Collected Short Stories of Philip K. Dick, Volume 4: The Minority Report - Citadel Twilight, New York (1991) (order from Amazon)
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