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Following on from the news that it has placed a pilot order for Rush Hour, CBS looks to be bringing another movie to the small screen, having picked up the pilot for an adaptation of the Bradley Cooper-headined thriller Limitless.
The pilot is being written by Craig Sweeny (Elementary, Medium), who is set to executive produce alongside Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. Bradley Cooper and Todd Phillips are also on board as executive producers, while Neil Burger, director of the movie, will helm the pilot.
The hourlong drama will follow Brian Sinclair “as he discovers the power of the mysterious drug Nzt and is coerced into using his newfound drug-enhanced abilities to solve weekly cases for the FBI.”
- Gary Collinson
CBS has officially ordered a pilot for a new TV series based on the 2011 feature film Limitless, with the movie's star Bradley Cooper serving as an executive producer. We first reported on the project back in October 2013, with CBS issuing a pilot production commitment nearly a year later, in October 2014. Neil Burger, who directed the feature which took in $161.8 million worldwide from a $27 million budget, will also serve as an executive producer and direct the pilot episode.
The pilot episode was written by Craig Sweeny (Medium, Elementary). In the movie, a drug is discovered by a struggling writer (Bradley Cooper), which unlocks 100% of his brain's capabilities, as he uses his new gifts to become a financial whiz kid. The series will follow a man who discovers the drug Nzt, and becomes coerced into using his amazing new abilities to solve cases every week for the FBI.
Bradley Cooper's coming back to TV...maybe! Of course, you already knew he was going to appear in Netflix's Wet Hot American Summer prequel series, but that's not what we're talking about. According to The Hollywood Reporter, CBS picked up a pilot called Limitless, based on the movie of the 2011 movie of the same name that starred Cooper. While Cooper's not starring in the series, he is listed as an executive producer, along with Neil Burger, who directed the film, and Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, and about 10 other people. The pilot, written by Craig Sweeny (Elementary), serves as a sequel to the film, in which a man (played by Cooper in the flick) became extremely financially successful after »
Described as a television sequel, the drama is being directed by Neil Burger - who also helmed the original movie.
The show will focus on Brian Sinclair, who is forced into solving cases for the FBI using enhanced abilities acquired from taking the mysterious drug Nzt.
However, Cooper is not expected to reprise his role from the original film.
The big-screen feature topped box office charts when it debuted in 2011, and has since made more than $160 million worldwide. »
A Hindu group is seeking an apology from Fox for the distortion of their faith in the television show Sleepy Hollow. In a statement, Rajan Zed, the president of the Universal Society of Hinduism, said his group took particular issue with the "Kali Yuga" episode of the current season of Sleepy Hollow, which aired on Jan. 26. Zed said the depiction of the Hindu goddess Kali was "highly inappropriate" and urged public apologies from all involved, including creators Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, Fox TV chairman Gary Newman and even 21st Century Fox boss Rupert Murdoch. The goddess Kali
- Abid Rahman
Bradley Cooper is heading behind the camera for CBS’ drama pilot “Limitless,” based on the 2011 movie of the same name. The net also picked up two comedies — “Angel From Hell” and an untitled project from Dan O’Shannon and Peter Warren.
“Limitless,” from CBS TV Studios, in association with Relativity Media and exec producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci’s K/O Paper Products banner, follows a man who discovers the mysterious drug Nzt and is coerced into using his newfound, powerfully drug-enhanced abilities to solve weekly cases for the FBI.
Cooper will serve as an exec producer, along with Neil Berger (who directed the feature film), Craig Sweeny, Todd Phillips, Heather Kadin, Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley, Tom Forman, plus Kurtzman and Orci, who wrote the “Transformers” screenplay and produce “Hawaii Five-o” and “Scorpion” together. Andrew Marcus and Ray Ricord will co-exec produce. Sweeny will pen the hourlong drama pilot, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
In the original 2011 thriller, Cooper starred as Eddie Morra, a writer who with the help of the experimental drug Nzt is able to access 100 percent of his mind, and in turn rockets to success in the financial world.
The TV take, penned by Craig Sweeny (Elementary, The 4400) and counting Cooper among its executive producers, follows a man who uses his newfound Nzt-enhanced abilities to (of course) solve weekly cases for the FBI.
He’s well-known for being brilliantly engaging in front of the camera, whether you look at his starring role in the TV series Spaced or his memorable performances in Edgar Wright’s “Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy” (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End), but there’s another dimension to Simon Pegg that’s equally entertaining: his scribing side. As many of his fans know, Pegg penned episodes of Spaced and co-wrote the aforementioned films and he’s now lined up to lend his pen to the screenplay of another movie in which he’ll co-star: Star Trek 3.
Deadline reports that in addition to once again playing USS Enterprise engineer Montgomery “Scotty” Scott, Pegg has also been set to co-scribe Star Trek 3 with Doug Jung (Dark Blue, Banshee). 2009’s Star Trek reboot was co-penned by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman and 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness was co-written by Orci, »
- Derek Anderson
Forgive me. I am always quite late to feature films, since I refuse to pay $15 to watch 20 minutes worth of ads, and then (all too often) deal with annoying people during the film, often missing important dialogue. So I wait until most films are on cable before I see them.
It is for this reason that I saw Star Trek Into Darkness almost a year late. [N.B. If you have not yet seen Stid, this article is one huge spoiler.] And anyone who is familiar with Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (and the "Space Seed" episode of the original television series) will realize that Star Trek: Into Darkness hopelessly destroys the Star Trek timeline. [N.B. I actually avoided the new Star Trek franchise entirely because I am an original Trekker (not Trekkie!), and could not imagine “prequels” being any good. I ended up being charmed by the first film -- against my will.]
It is important to note here that during an interview when the first film of the new series came out, one or the other of director J.J. Abrams, writer-producer Alex Kurtzman and producer Bryan Burke stated that it was »
- Ian Alterman
Raimi recently looked back not so fondly at 2007’s conclusion to his “Spider-Man” trilogy during an interview with the Nerdist. The filmmaker said trying to raise the bar by adding characters he didn’t “believe in” may have “doomed” the film.
“It’s a movie that just didn’t work very well,” he told Chris Hardwick on the Nerdist podcast. “I tried to make it work, but I didn’t really believe in all the characters, so that couldn’t be hidden from people who loved Spider-Man.
“If the director doesn’t love something, it’s wrong of them to make it when so many other people love it. I think (raising the stakes after ‘Spider-Man 2′) was the thinking going into it, and I »
- Maane Khatchatourian
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