Back in 2011, an action thriller called ‘Limitless’ starring Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish, and Robert De Niro opened #1 at the box office and went on to gross over $160 million worldwide. Following the story of an unsuccessful writer who stumbles upon a drug that unlocks the ability to use 100% of his brain and the people who come after him afterwards, this movie was probably the best performance from the former People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive up until that point. Of course, since then he’s been in ‘The Words’ and ‘Silver Linings Playbook’, the latter of which earned him an Oscar nomination, but now it appears that Cooper will be revisiting the film that sort of started off his streak of well done serious films.
According to Deadline, the actor will put on his producing hat and team with Relativity Television and Georgeville Television to bring ‘Limitless’ to the small screen. While Relativity is mostly known for it’s reality television like it’s 17 shows on MTV including ‘Catfish’, the company is finally looking to venture into scripted territory. Recently, they were given the green light to move forward on their first scripted series called ‘Act of Valor’ for National Geographic Channel, but now ‘Limitless’ marks their second foray into the medium.
So far, there is no word on if Cooper or his fellow cast members will reprise their roles from the film or what the show will really be about, but Georgeville TV CEO Marc Rosen did mention some pretty bare bones info filled with buzz words to give us a vague idea of what to expect from the show:
“The film has an organic natural extension into a compelling and sophisticated one-hour drama that is both a thrill-ride and a social commentary.”
While I could see the show easily bringing in a new person to be turned onto NZT and the adventures that would come with the miracle pill, I’m not too sure that I’d be into a continuation in the form of a TV series. I liked how the movie ended and it works well as a stand-alone story. But who knows? Maybe the show could end up being good.
What do you think about a ‘Limitless’ TV show? Are you open to the idea? What network could you see this ending up on? Share your thoughts in the comments below.