Of all the major networks, there are none – thus far – pushing harder into adapted material than CBS. With a confirmed series order for Supergirl and a pilot order for Rush Hour, the eye is currently leading the charge in major IP buys (with Fox following closely behind with Minority Report), and now they’ve just added another to the list: Limitless.
According to new reports, CBS has greenlit a first episode for the sequel series to Neil Burger’s 2011 film starring Bradley Cooper about a man who discovers a pill that allows him to access the mythical unused 90% of the human brain in order to become the smartest man in the room.
Like the feature film, the pilot will be directed by Neil Burger with a script written by Craig Sweeny. In addition, Bradley Cooper, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci have been attached to the show as executive producers. Should the adaptation go to series, it will mark Kurtzman/Orci’s third program on CBS including Hawaii Five-0 and Scorpion.
In the show, a new character, Brian Sinclair, “discovers the mysterious drug NZT, and is coerced into using his newfound, powerful drug-enhanced abilities to solve weekly cases for the FBI.”
We won’t lie, the mystery-of-the-week element does sound very CBS, but it’s nice to see the network isn’t just going to retread the story of the film which in no way would be capable of supporting a long-running series. By taking the world of the film in a new direction, perhaps we could even get to explore the potential long-term effects of the drug on the human brain, something the movie wrapped up a little too hastily back in 2011.
Like Rush Hour, Limitless is very much a project we have to wait and see on. With the right actor in the role and the right kind of talent behind the camera, it’s possible this could turn into something really exciting as we head into the 2015/2016 season. At the moment, it’s just too early to tell, but greenlit it is, so hopefully that means there’s something there to work with.
Stay tuned for more on Limitless as it develops.