Last fall, CBS made a pilot commitment to adapt the sci-fi drama Limitless into a hopeful new TV series with the film’s director Neil Burger at the helm. But now that pilot officially has a different blockbuster director behind the camera.
Deadline has word that The Amazing Spider-Man franchise director Marc Webb will now direct the pilot for this series adaptation of the 2011 film that starred Bradley Cooper. The Oscar-nominated star of American Sniper won’t star in the series, but he is executive producing the show alongside Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci (who have also worked on The Amazing Spider-Man franchise).
Though Burger is stepping down as director, he’ll still act as executive producer on the show that follows Brian Sinclair, the same character from the film, but this time when he discovers his heightened intelligence and gifts from the mysterious drug NZT, he’s coerced into using his newfound drug-enhanced abilities to solve weekly cases for the FBI.
Webb launched his filmmaking career with the indie romance (500) Days of Summer and has stumbled through blockbuster franchise territory with the lackluster franchise reboot of The Amazing Spider-Man. But this won’t be his first time tackling television since he directed the pilot for the sorely underrated and sadly sparsely watched and eventually canceled series “Lone Star” on Fox.
More recently, Webb ventured into musical territory with the Showtime pilot “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” That show follows Rachel Bloom as Rebecca, a successful, driven, and possibly crazy young woman who impulsively gives up a partnership at a prestigious law firm and her upscale apartment in Manhattan in order to finally find love and happiness in the exotic hotbed of romance and adventure that is West Covina, California.
As for Limitless becoming a TV show, frankly, I’m a little disappointed that this concept is being turned into another crime procedural, but if they incorporate enough serial elements like “Person of Interest” on CBS, then maybe this could be a solid series. We’ll see if Webb can launch a TV series better than he re-launched the webslinger on the big screen.
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