Before he became an A-list, Oscar-nominated actor, Bradley Cooper studied at the Actors Studio, the famed school that serves as the home of the interview series Inside the Actors Studio with James Lipton. In an episode with Robert De Niro, Cooper can be seen asking the iconic actor a question, unbeknownst that his future would see him co-starring with De Niro in both The Silver Linings Playbook and Limitless.
Now one of those films is getting the television treatment as Deadline reports Relativity Television and Georgeville Television are working with Cooper to adapt the 2011 thriller Limitless into a TV series. However, Cooper will not be starring, and will only act as executive producer along with the film’s producers Leslie Dixon and Scott Kroopf.
If you haven’t seen the film, it follows a struggling author who’s having trouble completing his work. But when a top secret drug surfaces that will make him smarter by giving him the ability to utilize 100% of his brain, his life is turned around into a dream rise to fame and success…until the side effects begin to manifest themselves and a shadowy force starts watching his every move.
Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh gave some standard publicity fluff, saying, “Limitless is the perfect example of Relativity’s multiplatform approach to creating quality content.” And Georgeville Television CEO Marc Rosen added, “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.”
There’s definitely plenty of opportunity for a great thriller series here, and they might even be able to improve on the shortcomings of the film as well. The film wasn’t exactly a box office phenomenon, but it pulled in $160 million worldwide, and we’re actually surprised that’s not enough to warrant a sequel in these franchise-obsessed times. We’ll keep you posted on the project’s development as it progresses.
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