Earlier this year, we ran down 10 Movies Turned Into TV Shows, and that selfsame process will yield wildly uneven results: for every “Fargo,” there’s a half dozen also-rans. Movies-turned-tv-shows offer a way for studios to extend a brand rather than extend quality, so we’ll let you tell us which of these (if any) has the best chance of lasting a single season.
First, Steven Spielberg‘s Amblin Entertainment is turning his 2002 movie “Minority Report,” itself based on a story by Philip K. Dick, into a series. The show will be designed as a police procedural, focusing on the PreCrime unit who arrest perpetrators of violent crimes before they strike, thanks to some very special “precogs.” Of course, that system will be shown to be flawed, so that Max Borenstein (“Godzilla“) can have themes to play with as he gets a script together. And like the Spielberg produced “Extant” starring Halle Berry, the idea is to find a similarly well known name to lead.
Meanwhile, 1997 thriller “The Devil’s Advocate” is going to NBC. Somehow, the network will turn the movie about a lawyer who works for a firm literally run by the devil will turn into a weekly progrram, with Matt Venne (“Bag Of Bones,” “The Exorcism Of Molly Harley“) tasked with writing those scripts. Also: how do you recast Al Pacino? [The Wrap/Deadline]