Before Bradley Cooper cemented his place as a geek icon by helping bring to life Guardians of the Galaxy’s Rocket Raccoon, his forays into science fiction had been pretty much limited to Limitless. (Well, that and the weirder parts of Alias.) The 2011 thriller took that old myth about people “only using 10% of your brain” and ran with it, casting Cooper as an author who begins using a drug that amps that percentage up to 100%. It didn’t exactly seem like a movie that was crying out for a sequel or spinoff, but in 2013 word came that it was being developed into a TV series. Now Limitless has inched one step closer to TV screens.
ScreenCrush reports that CBS has given a pilot order to Limitless, which will be written by Craig Sweeny (Elementary) and produced by Cooper, Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Leslie Dixon, the latter of whom penned the original film, based on the 2001 novel The Dark Fields by Alan Glynn. But what story will the Limitless TV show tell? Well, in typical CBS fashion, it will take the concept and reduce it to its blandest and most predictable form: the police procedural.