Another movie is eyeing a series follow-up this development season. CBS has handed a pilot production commitment to Limitless, based on Relativity’s hit 2011 feature starring and executive produced by Bradley Cooper. He will executive produce the proposed series alongside Todd Phillips, his producing partner at Yet To Be Named Company, as well as Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci through their K/O Paper Products. CBS TV Studios, where K/O is based, is the studio, with Relativity TV co-producing.
Written/executive produced by Craig Sweeny, the series is picking up where the movie left off. It follows Brian Sinclair, the character played in the movie by Cooper, as he discovers the power of the mysterious drug NZT, and is coerced into using his newfound drug enhanced abilities for good. The film’s helmer, Neil Burger, is set to direct the potential pilot. He also is executive producing alongside Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley, and Tom Forman through Relativity Television and K/O’s Heather Kadin. The film’s writer/producer, Leslie Dixon, who adapted Alan Glynn’s novel, and producer Scott Kroopf co-executive produce alongside Relativity TV’s Andrew Marcus and Ray Ricord.
Relativity and Cooper originally teamed for a Limitless series a year ago when the project was announced at MIPCOM. At the time, the series was to be backed by Reliance’s Georgeville TV, which quietly pulled from almost all projects it originally was attached to.
Limitless marks the first TV project for Cooper and Phillips’ newly formed production company. Cooper’s first produced feature, American Sniper, in which he also stars, is coming to theaters on December 25.
The 2011 movie opened No. 1 at the U.S. box office on its way to grossing more than $160 million worldwide. Here’s a trailer:
This marks the second Burger movie to get a series adaptation this season. The Illusionist drama is in the works at the CW.
Sweeny is represented by WME. K/O is represented by CAA and attorney Michael Gendler. Cooper is represented by CAA. Phillips is represented by CAA and Warren Dern. Burger is represented by CAA and Karl Austen. Dixon is represented by CAA and Michael Gendler. Relativity is represented by Loeb & Loeb.