"Minority Report," the 2002 Steven Spielberg sci-fi movie, dealt with special, mutated humans -- Precogs -- who could predict crimes that had not yet occurred. However, no one could have predicted that over 13 years later the Pre-Crime program would return, this time to the small screen. Fox is rebooting "Minority Report" as a procedural crime series that will premiere on Sept. 21. Actress Laura Regan, know for her work in film and TV, from "Mad Men" to "Unbreakable," will play Agatha, the eldest Precog and a central character in the film who will take on a much different role in the show.
Regan spoke with International Business Times to discuss her character and the challenges of adapting the sci-fi movie for the small screen.
International Business Times: Talk a little about this show and your character and how they relate to the original "Minority Report" film.
Laura Regan: Well, the movie was set in 2064 and [the show] is 10 or 11 years in the future. So, the Pre-Crime program you saw going a little bit awry in the film no longer exists. The Precogs have been sent to this remote island location, which kind of looks like Maine, for some sort of witness protection program so they are not taken advantage of. Flash forward to 10 years in the future and the three Precogs have not exactly stuck together. Arthur (Nick Zano) has disappeared and we're not sure where he is or what he is doing. Dash (Stark Sands), the main character, has decided he wants to be able to help and do something with his visions. He teams up with a detective, Lara Vega (Meagan Good), who is looking for a break in her career and they become the odd pair that is trying to fight crime.
My character [Agatha], is still a recluse. All she knows of society is that it has taken advantage of her. She has a very skewed view of society. She seems innocent at the moment, but she is also very strong-willed. It will be interesting to see how her experience affects her character and makes her more calculated. At the moment she just wants Dash to come home. She thinks no good can come of being out in society.
IBTimes: In the show's trailer, Dash seems almost plagued by his Precog visions. Is Agatha going through that as well?
Regan: There's a two-part answer to that because Agatha's vision is stronger. She can see the complete picture, where as Arthur and Dash can only see a part of the whole picture and need to come together to make a full picture. However, because Agatha is so geographically removed she is kind of protected from the visions, unless something were to happen in the building next door to her. If Agatha does end up back in the city and gets pulled back into it whether to rescue Dash or because they come to get her, then she will be the one with the most power.
IBTimes: It sounds like Agatha's return is something fans of the show will be able to look forward to this at some point.
Regan: I would hope that they can look forward to it and that I can as well!
IBTimes: What added perspective does Agatha bring from her experience in the movie?
Regan: She has more reason to have fear, more reason to skeptical of anyone in society. She is also a few years older than [Dash and Arthur] so she might have had a little more experience before they became Precogs. She has seen more and is a little more damaged.
IBTimes: Is she also skeptical about Dash and his abilities? The main catalyst of the film was the twins having an inaccurate vision.
Regan: She is constantly reminding Dash of that, telling him, "You can't do this on your own. You don't have the power." Although, I do think it's fair to say that Arthur will show up at some point with a desire to use their powers for his own gain.
IBTimes: Did Samantha Morton's performance as Agatha in the movie affect how you approached the role or is it a clean slate for you?
Regan: For me it's a clean slate. Samantha Morton is a stunning actress and original in everything she does. I couldn't even pretend to match something or find a feeling that she had. It's not something that I can really use. I approached Agatha as a woman who has reached adulthood without ever having a normal life and what that makes her. Does it make her more innocent? Does it make her more manipulative?
IBTimes: How will the show expand on the film? How will it be different?
Regan: One thing I think is interesting is when Steven Spielberg made the movie the idea of Pre-Crime seemed so distant, but with internet browsing history and other privacy issues makes the idea very relevant today. In terms of where it's going to go, that's a question for the writers. Dash and Lara will certainly be solving crimes differently than any other show on TV, that's a guarantee. It's a different world, a vibrant world (assuming they've solved all the climate problems). It will be similar to the film in how it goes into how transportation works in the future and other infrastructure elements, but the show will have time to go into more than the movie could.
"Minority Report" premieres on Fox on Sept. 21. Watch the trailer below:
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