CBS Will Make ‘Limitless” Pilot. The Question is Whether the TV Version Will Be At Least as Smart as the Hit Movie, Or Will It be Dumbed-Down

Jan 29, 2015  •  Post A Comment

CBS is doing its part to keep up the flow of TV versions of hit feature films. The latest is the 2011 Bradley Cooper thriller “Limitless,” with The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reporting that the network has ordered a pilot for the project.

The TV version has been percolating for some time. CBS made what the story calls a “hefty production commitment” to the “Limitless” project back in October, when the TV version had already been in the works for about a year.

Here’s what we know about the changes being made to the story-line in “Limitless.” In the book, the main character was named Eddie Spinola. That was changed in the movie to Eddie Morra. In the TV version the main character’s name will be Brian Sinclair.

The conceit of both the book and movie is that the main character takes a new designer drug that, to put it mildly, stimulates brain function. But there are really bad side effects. The character uses his increased brain power to make a lot of money.

The movie was a hit, though a number of critics said it wasn’t smart enough. It will be interesting to see what critics and viewers alike will think of the TV version. In it, the main character, now named Brian Sinclair, takes the drug and “is coerced into using his newfound drug-enhanced abilities to solve weekly cases for the FBI,” according to THR.

For the TV version Cooper is on board as an executive producer, along with his partner in Yet To Be Named Co., Todd Phillips, and Relativity Television’s Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley and Tom Forman, the report notes. Relativity Media made the movie version.

Neil Burger, who directed the movie, is scheduled to direct the pilot.

Cooper is not expected to appear on screen.

Other TV versions of feature films already announced include “Rush Hour,” also at CBS, and “Minority Report,” in the works at Fox.


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