The film “Limitless” was for me, a very fun surprise. When it was originally release back in 2011, it was one of the movies that had the misfortune of being somewhat poorly marketed. The trailers did not do enough to convey the film’s intriguing premise. And while it did have its minor flaws, and in spite of all the ‘blockbusters’ of 2011 (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows 2, X-men:First Class, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Girl With The Dragon Tatoo, Super 8)
I still consider it one of the more interesting enjoyable films from that year. For anyone who has not seen it or forgot, a quick synopsis: A man (played by Bradley Cooper)
steals discovers a new dug which allows him to use 100 percent of his brain and recall everything he “knows” which then allows him to succeed at anything he puts his mind to, however he learns too late that the side effects of long-term use of the drug (called NZT) are very dangerous. The film, like the book it was based on is an about the temptation of the pursuit of power and success even at dangerous costs mixed with an allegory of the perils of drug addiction.
Now reports have surfaced that CBS has green lit a pilot episode ‘sequel’ for a tv series based on the film. The synopsis for the series is reported as 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.
The pilot will be written by Craig Sweeny (the 4400, Medium, Elementary)
Directed by Neil Burger (Limitless, Divergent, The Illusionist)
And produced by Bradley Cooper (The Hangover films, A-Team, Midnight Meat Train, Alias)with Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek: Into Darkness, Now You See Me, Amazing Spiderman 2) and Roberto Orci also as executive producers.
No premiere date has been set and only the pilot episode has been ordered by CBS. More info as it develops.