Not every story can be easily adapted into the episodic format of a long-form TV series. However, apparently the one-size-fits-all approach to creating a show based on a pre-existing property is simply to turn it into a crime procedural. During Fox’s upfront presentation earlier this week we saw trailers for new shows Lucifer, Minority Report and The Frankenstein Code – all of which are procedurals.
Not willing to be left behind, CBS’ upfront presentation included the first trailer for Limitless, a TV show based on the 2011 film directed by Neil Burger (which in turn was based on Alan Glynn’s novel “The Dark Fields”), which has been adapted into – you guessed it – a procedural.
Like The Frankenstein Code, Minority Report and Lucifer, Limitless will be based around the concept of a guy who uses his superhuman abilities to solve crimes. This time the lucky guy is Brian Finch (Jake McDorman), who unlocks the full potential of his brain with an experimental drug called NZT – and is coerced by the FBI into helping them solve difficult cases with the power of his astronomical cognitive abilities.
Limitless will see Bradley Cooper reprise his role as Edward Mora, the protagonist from the film who used NZT to climb the rungs of power and become a senator and presidential candidate. Cooper will be featured in a recurring role rather than as a series regular, but it’s still a pretty big name to land. The supporting cast also includes Jennifer Carpenter as Special Agent Rebecca Harris, Hill Harper as Special Agent Boyle, and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as Special Agent in Charge Nasreen “Naz” Pouran.
The pilot episode of Limitless was directed by Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man 1 & 2) – with Burger reportedly onboard to helm an additional season one episode (or more) – and the show is being executive produced by Cooper, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. The original movie was pretty decent, perhaps even better than the book, and if nothing else it worked as an effective wish fulfilment fantasy.
Check out the trailer and let us know in the comments if you’re planning to give this new tie-in a chance.
Limitless will air on Tuesdays at 10PM on CBS, starting this fall.