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Spielberg to film MINORITY REPORT with Tom Cruise after A.I.

Hey folks, Harry here. Well well well.... So MINORITY REPORT isn't dead... who'd a thunk it eh professor? The screenplay for this film by Scott Frank, last I heard was still in rewrites... with Scott also doing writing on Gary Ross' CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY film. When Steven took A.I. on as his next project, some speculated that MINORITY REPORT was... DEAD, but at least from what Tom Cruise is saying here... it's looking like the Beard will be helming this while also overseeing the final post production pieces of A.I. If Cruise has all his facts straight, this would mean that a New INDIANA JONES film would be... out in 2003 at it's earliest... and that would only be the case if he jumped straight out of MINORITY REPORT into this... without pursuing a Harry Potter sequel or MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA or a Spirit of St Louis style flick about Lucky Lindy... So... will MINORITY REPORT be next? Tell you March 2001 for sure...

Hello Harry,

Just to let you know Tom Cruise granted a special interview to the UK's 'Big Breakfast' show today and announced his next project would definitely be Steven Spielberg's 'Minority Report'.

Here's what he had to say...

"I left my whole schedule open, so when Steven's ready we'll begin. At the moment i'm scheduled to go to New York to begin shooting in April of next year. So until them i'm going to enjoy being a father."

When pressed what the film was about, he answered...

"Big monumental sci-fi stuff. The guy who wrote it was the brains behind things like 'Blade Runner', 'Total Recall'. And i never really delved into the sci-fi genre before. And plus to work with someone like Steven, you know speaks for itself. The man is a master of his craft, so without even shooting a single scene, i know the film is going to be great."

Then asked when 'Minority Report' was coming out, he answered... "Summer 2002." Then interestingly (and slightly jokingly) added, "So watch out George Lucas."

Please include a link to www.Channel4.Co.Uk, and then follow the links to the 'Big Breakfast'.

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  • July 6, 2000, 11:44 p.m. CST


    by faesforce

    Is everyone asleep? Whoo!

  • July 6, 2000, 11:49 p.m. CST

    Fine, I'll talk to myself then...

    by faesforce

    I still find this hard to believe...I mean, with so many projects on his plate, would Speil do 2 sci-fis in a row? I'm cool with it tho - and Cruise taking a break til then makes sense with the other stuff he's been saying about only doing a film a couple of years now. Oh, and its Philip K. Dick, Tommy - do some friggin' research.

  • July 6, 2000, 11:50 p.m. CST

    No, were here but AICN is slipping....

    by Marek

    Harry, Where in the fuck is the Pearl Harbor trailer? It has been out for over a week and you still havent posted it so we can talk about it. Thanks a lot big guy.

  • July 6, 2000, 11:57 p.m. CST

    I agree, Marek...

    by faesforce

    Harry, why's it been so slow this week? There are three new (crappy)reviews over on CA for X-Men, did you get those? Man, I'm bored...

  • July 7, 2000, 12:34 a.m. CST

    pearl harbor trailer

    by inthetrenches

    Don't you know? Harry is too proud to post anything on his site that showed up elsewhere first.

  • July 7, 2000, 1:14 a.m. CST

    "Total Recall"

    by crimsonrage

    Boy "Total Recall" is a hilarious film, I just watched it again today. My favorite scene is when Arnold drills that one guy to death and screams, "Scwew You!!!!!" And yes I spelled screw, "Scwew". Bye.

  • July 7, 2000, 1:37 a.m. CST

    Pearl Harbor Trailer

    by Metropolis

    Check it out at I don't quite know what to make of the trailer yet. What do you guys think?

  • July 7, 2000, 2:04 a.m. CST

    This is Good News and Big News but Old News!

    by Bari Umenema

    Cruise is merely confirming what Spielberg already announced and committed himself to doing when he announced he'd be doing "A.I." first this summer followed by "Minority Report" in Spring 2001, so while it's nice that Tom has confirmed it to the Brits for their Breakfast Consumption I'm not really sure how headline-making it will be here in Hollywood. Nevertheless it's nice that it's "in cement" now plus I think M. Night Shaymalan is doing a polish on the Minority Report script (or has already finessed it somewhat) before he dives headfirst into Indy 4. In other news Tiger Woods won the U.S. Open in case anyone missed that and looks like a lock to win the British Open at St. Andrews in 2 weeks; also Sean Connery is now Sir Sean Connery, having been Officially Knighted at long last by Queen Elizabeth (it was on the front page of the L.A. Times today) and I'm looking forward to seeing Bruce and "The Kid". Carry on Men! (Look for Sir Connery to make a Cameo Celebrity Appearance at St. Andrews by the way; he got hooked on Golf while doing "Goldfinger" and is now a devotee.) Long Live Scotland!!

  • July 7, 2000, 2:20 a.m. CST


    by Marty McSuperfly

    I too saw the Big Brekkie interview yesterday and while Tom Did say he would be doing Minority Report in April, he DID NOT say anything about the plot, writer or anything of that ilk. When asked what it was about, all he did say was (an I quote): "Spielberg. Sci-fi." THAT WAS ALL HE SAID ON THE SUBJECT. Unless I was watching in a weird parrallel universe, the quotes given by Cruise did absolutely nothing to progress the speculation about this rather cool sounding project.

  • July 7, 2000, 3:04 a.m. CST

    how fucked....excellent news, Speilberg the film factory is goin

    by lickerish

    What utter god fucking misery!!!! First he has the myopic gall to co-opt Kubrick's film post-humous...then has it rewritten it to deliver 'less seriously' the story...and now he'll be focusing periferally on a completely different, and probably utterly 'soft' and totally 'Cruised' film during the most intensive post production schedule since SWE:II???? What wonderful aesthetic Shlemielberg....we appreciate your assembly line ethics....actually, im quite happy you're doing this film ;^= !!! Kubrick would have given AI even more (15+ yrs!) concentration and respect than he already had, and now we must settle for SS's flavour of the year. Have a sip of my riboflavin flavoured, non-carbonated, polyunsaturated living vampire. You aren't even cool enough to be dead

  • July 7, 2000, 3:58 a.m. CST

    Spielberg is Perfectly Capable of doing 2 thngs at once, i.e. he

    by Bari Umenema

    And apparently prepped Amistad while editing Schindler. When you have the support team and manpower he commands it's a breeze old boy, a breezerino...

  • July 7, 2000, 4:39 a.m. CST

    Amen, sister

    by X-Mole

    Lickerish, once more you are on point. The tightness of schedule hear does neither film any good, and whilst this is bad enough for Minority Report, which sounds fun, it's absolutely phucking abysmal for AI. But you're right that ain't even the worst part. Steven's recent comment that he's done a rewrite on A.I. to make it a "less serious" film is the most fucked up thing I've seen or heard in about a billion years. And I've seen universes collapse, so there.

  • July 7, 2000, 4:56 a.m. CST


    by Robertblood

  • July 7, 2000, 6:24 a.m. CST

    Would I be write in thinking that Steven King wrote "Total Recal

    by rockojinx

    Or am I spinning round in circles desperatly tring to match aliases up with the real people.....yep...I'm dIzZyYyYy...

  • July 7, 2000, 8:03 a.m. CST

    Tom Cruise

    by Andymation

    Looks like this is gonna' be good medicine for mr. Cruise after "M:I 2". By the way, EMINEM's album's "The Matrshall Mathers LP" is the best this year.Ooops, that was off-topic and advertising. Don't delete me!

  • July 7, 2000, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Why I'm excited about Minority Report....

    by NewWorldSamurai

    I don't know if anyone else has read the short story, but I have, and I think that this movie has real potential. I love the story, which has a very unique plot, and it's something that I will see, and I hope that Spielberg makes it. Casting doesn't matter to me, just so long as the script does the fantastic story justice.

  • July 7, 2000, 9:58 a.m. CST

    The Answer is...

    by JackBurton

    Stephen King wrote the novella of The Running Man, and did so under the pseudonym Richard Bachman, and that was later turned into the Schwarzenegger vehicle of the same name (after some fifty or so rewrites), and of course the final film version bears about as much resemblance to the original story as Total Recall and Blade Runner do to the Philip K. Dick stories that they are based upon (We Can Remember It For You Wholesale and Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep respectively). Of course the only difference being that those later two films at least managed to capture the spirit of the source material, and turned out to be damn good films in their own right, while the Running Man was just another moderately entertaining but uterly shallow Schwarzenegger flick that had none of the dark spirit of the original novella left to it. So now you know.

  • July 7, 2000, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Pearl Harbor trailer is coming to AICN!

    by Hero For Hire

    I know, because I'm the one who sent Harry the beta tapes of the trailer that I nimbly swiped from a major metropolitan area. So hold on just a little longer, loyal Talkbackers!

  • July 7, 2000, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Lickerish...(+ Spielerg dual time post)


    Lickerish that's the best, and funniest post I've read in ages. I laughed so hard I fell outta my fuckin' chair. Not cool enough to e dead.. hehe. As far as the guy above saying Spielberg is more than capable of patting his head and rubbing his belly at the same time... I don't think so.... Doing post on Jurassic while filming Schindler's ended up with Park being extremely lazy in parts and as far as Amistad goes.... that was a glorified TV movie... at best. Jurassic 2 needed re-shoots (or re-writes) to loose that dim-witted "boat crashing into dock" scenario among a few other things. He never woulda let shit like that slide in his hungrier, leaner early days. Maybe if he'd give one project his undivided attention he'd realize these things. One of these two new projects will suffer as a consequence... as far as him "lightening-up" AI goes... get outta the fucking limo for once you panzy.... you've been giving Chris Columbus a run for his money as the king of sacharine for years now. Kubrick must be rolling his eyes from beyond the grave. BTW Haley Joel Osmond is perfect casting as a robot.

  • July 7, 2000, 11:24 a.m. CST

    But Will Spielberg Actually Do 'Em?

    by Buzz Maverik

    I hope so. He should forget Indiana Jones. We all should. We can see the ones they've already made anytime we want and move on already. And does anybody think Spielberg will do a Harry Potter sequel? Colombus was Spielberg's protege (oh Steven, where did you go so very wrong?) for Chrissakes, he's not going to make a sequel to a Colombus movie (and that's how he'd view it, not as doing another Harry book). I wish he was doing Minority Report first. Don't really need a robot-kid movie, but Spielberg directing Cruise on a Scott Frank script adapted from a Phillip K. Dick story? Movies can't get a better petigree than that.

  • July 7, 2000, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Pearl Harbour Trailer already online

    by darius25

    It was released over the net last week. Here's the direct link:

  • July 7, 2000, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Bari Umenema....sure he's 'capable' ...but look what you get whe

    by lickerish

    a predictably fun JP and then a hammy selective Neeson vehicle sold as history on an event that never happened ;)consider the quality had he worked and researched can't trust SS..(ironically enough :)to respect the could Kubrick(whether you liked the film or not) Granted I haven't yet enjoyed a Spielberg film enough to watch more than once.minus the IJC and ET when a child..of course Jurassic Park had an amazingly cool concept, and turned out a great action film tho from a pulp novellist's sheep, I really liked it for what it was...but AI shouldn't have to be that sort of film...Alls well that ends well..perhaps the time is right. Now maybe we'll see more 30 and 40 year old kids working toward this goal...and that's a good thing Im not sure he can hold the younger and more important ones like he used to... Business should hopefully boom.

  • July 7, 2000, 12:51 p.m. CST


    by split_finger21

    honestly, i don't think harry's too proud, i'm sure these last few weeks have been hectic for him, with the baby and all, but darkhorizons is my number 2 movie news site. i won't give up on you harry! ....unlike other talkbackers...

  • July 7, 2000, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Buzz Maverik-you don't know what you're talking about X-Mole- t

    by lickerish

    Minority Report. We all know how excellent Phil Dick could be most of the time...and MR may be cool. But when you put two business men in the same studio? tsssk You see Stanley K could be moved by no man or studio. Now...SS won't be swayed from an interesting or challenging movie, because that's not what he wants to make. he likes to make beds, for what he considers children. He's in the parenting business stuck in a 1950's era paradigm. And while I myself am so easily seduced by Cruise's godlike 'attributes' and charm, I don't much care for his man-about-the-lot attitude (even EWS was a career move/abrilliant one) You saw the way Cruise railroaded JWoo? AI is not a robot child's a pinocchio love story about evolution's indifference. do a google search for Brian Aldiss, Supertoys Last All Summer Long. read the story..then go to Corona and see the Ai'll let you in on some of what Kubrick had planned, before the Tom and Steven's murdered him.

  • July 7, 2000, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Remember Kids...

    by X-Mole

    ... trust her movie opinion. But don't follow her narcotic endevours, you need to be post-human to handle them.

  • July 7, 2000, 3:23 p.m. CST

    AI by SS, huh?

    by precision

    I'll bet you a million dollars that Spielberg infuses the story with enough saccharine that the robot kid gets a sister at the end of the film instead...

  • July 7, 2000, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Spielber & Kubrick

    by Skywalker,Anakin

    I was frankly disappointed to see that Steven Spielberg would take over Kubrick's A.I. but these news bring my desperation to a new low...Steven Spielberg won't be taking his time to make A.I., and I think it is pretty arrogant of him to think he can make a Kubrick film in less time that Kubrick did. He will just bring another one of his teary-eyed obvious dramas like Schindler's list and others. I am not happy Steven got the job. But if he already has it then at least be decent and GIVE IT YOUR TIME!!... (By the way, to that guy that posted the thought about how he could make Jurassic Park post production and Schindler's List shooting, I have news for you, both of those movies are highly overrated...) Please, Spielberg, don't do that to Kubrick, he deserves better.