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Limitless and Act of Valor are both being adapted as television series

10.07.2013

It was not so long ago that TV was the wasteland for washed up big screen actors and those looking to move up to feature films from sitcom work. Now, television carries an acting prestige as all sorts of projects make their way to cable and network television like never before. As it becomes standard practice to reboot features as series, two more recent movies are on their way to the small screen.

First up is the Bradley Cooper scifi/thriller LIMITLESS. The Neil Burger movie was a vastly underrated movie that followed a struggling writer who takes a mind-altering drug that gives him superhuman capabilities. After getting involved with some murders and a shady corporate tycoon played by Robert De Niro, Cooper's character eventually makes his way to bigger and better things. Without spoiling anything, LIMITLESS ends on a fairly open note but not one I would have expected to become a show. Cooper will executive produce the series which currently is not tied to a network.

The other project does have a destination and will serve as the first scripted series for National Geographic. That series will be ACT OF VALOR, based on the same titled film from 2012. That military themed series will follow the pararescuemen as seen in the feature as they are dropped into dangerous operations to help those in need. NatGeo will follow the same pattern as other reality-based networks like History and A&E who now air scripted series.

Both films did well at the box office (over $100 million each, worldwide), but neither was critically acclaimed. Even so, they are both coming from Relativity, which is pushing to make their products cross-platform. If they plan to keep this up, expect any movie you see released by the studio as a potential series contender.

Do either of these new series earn a spot on your DVR?

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8:59AM on 10/08/2013
I think we already had an AOV tv series.... It was called The Unit.
I think we already had an AOV tv series.... It was called The Unit.
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7:55AM on 10/08/2013
Don't do an Act of Valor TV series. Act of Valor worked because actual Navy Seals starred in it. The scripted series would likely have ersatz special forces doing the hokey things that characters do on most TV shows. The verisimilitude would be gone. And, in turn, the series would a sort of insult. Producer Relativity simply wants to jump on a popular bandwagon: the seals are seen by many as America's heroes.
Don't do an Act of Valor TV series. Act of Valor worked because actual Navy Seals starred in it. The scripted series would likely have ersatz special forces doing the hokey things that characters do on most TV shows. The verisimilitude would be gone. And, in turn, the series would a sort of insult. Producer Relativity simply wants to jump on a popular bandwagon: the seals are seen by many as America's heroes.
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10:01PM on 10/07/2013
Love Limitless and agree that it is a very highly enjoyable underrated film, but I don't know how interesting of a show it could be. I'd be willing to give it a try just off of my love for the film.
Love Limitless and agree that it is a very highly enjoyable underrated film, but I don't know how interesting of a show it could be. I'd be willing to give it a try just off of my love for the film.
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8:35PM on 10/07/2013
I liked both movies but i don't see these lasting 13 episodes
I liked both movies but i don't see these lasting 13 episodes
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8:01PM on 10/07/2013
Act of Valour was unremarkable aside from its jingoism. I'm not against chest-thumping rah rah patriotism per se, but putting active-duty Navy SEALS in your film in lieu of actors does smack of gimmickry, no disrespect to the men and women serving their country intended.

That said, I think it still might work better than a TV series based on Limitless. The film has something of a Broken Aesop when it comes to the "say no to drugs!" message, but I enjoyed it on the whole and thought both
Act of Valour was unremarkable aside from its jingoism. I'm not against chest-thumping rah rah patriotism per se, but putting active-duty Navy SEALS in your film in lieu of actors does smack of gimmickry, no disrespect to the men and women serving their country intended.

That said, I think it still might work better than a TV series based on Limitless. The film has something of a Broken Aesop when it comes to the "say no to drugs!" message, but I enjoyed it on the whole and thought both Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro were great in it. It's just that the premise seems like one that will run out of steam if stretched to 13 or 23 episodes.
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