If you've seen the trailer for the new movie The Adjustment Bureau, you can't help but notice their striking resemblance to the Observers in Fringe.
As Wired Magazine points out:
Members of both groups wear hats and suits. Both carry briefcases or books. Both have existed for centuries on the periphery of human consciousness. Both take orders from unknown superiors and periodically create unintended consequences when they feel compelled to intervene in the lives of the subjects under their watch.On the other hand, Fringe's Observers are not supposed to get involved at all, but as we have seen, that is not always the case.
But unlike the spooky Fringe operatives, the Adjustment Bureau’s dispassionate caseworkers (played by John Slattery, Anthony Mackie and Terence Stamp) come across more like post office employees than celestial overseers.
“They set us on the course that we are supposed to be set onto so we will follow the grand scheme,” said director Nolfi in a statement about his PG-13 movie, which was inspired by sci-fi writer Dick’s 1954 short story “Adjustment Team.” “They might as well work in the IRS; they’re just doing their jobs.”
There is one person in the movie you may recognize from Fringe, Michael Kelly who plays Matt Damon's assistant Charlie Traynor. He played "The Rogue" aka John Mosley in the Fringe episode "The Arrival".
(Thanks to Bluesboy for pointing this out!)
The Adjustment Bureau is inspired by the short story "Adjustment Team", written by Philip K. Dick, who also inspired other classic sci-fi movies such as Blade Runner, Minority Report, and Total Recall.
Fringe’s Observers are supposedly modeled on Marvel Comics’ Uatu the Watcher, a bald alien assigned to observe other species.