DEADLINE.COM – In addition to executive producing Limitless, the new CBS drama series based his movie, Bradley Cooper will recur on the show as a sidekick to the character he played in the 2011 feature, now portrayed by Jake McDorman. Cooper originated the role as a guest star in the pilot, directed by Marc Webb, and intends to appear as much as his schedule permits.
Limitless centers on Brian Finch (McDorman), who discovers the brain-boosting power of the mysterious drug NZT and is coerced by the FBI into using his extraordinary cognitive abilities to solve complex cases for them. Unbeknownst to the FBI, Brian also has a clandestine relationship with Senator Edward Mora (Cooper), a presidential hopeful and regular user of NZT who has plans of his own for his new protégé. Craig Sweeny, Marc Webb, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Heather Kadin, Bradley Cooper, Todd Phillips, Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley and Tom Forman executive produce for CBS Television Studios, K/O Paper Products and Relativity Television.
It is customary for feature actors serving as executive producers on series to recur, which is what Laurence Fishburne does on ABC’s black-ish.
HOLLYWOODREPORTER.COM – Warner Bros. is keeping itself in the Bradley Cooper business.
Hot off the huge success of his film American Sniper, Warners is in negotiations to pick up the movie rights to Orphan X, an upcoming book by Gregg Hurwitz, for Cooper to produce and possibly star in. Todd Phillips, Cooper’s partner at their untitled Warners-based shingle, will also produce.
Hurwitz will pen the adaptation.
The thriller centers on a man named Evan Smoak. He’s called a “Nowhere Man,” and he helps others, sometimes through violent means. A job draws him into a world of human slavery, engineered by a detective of the Los Angeles Police Department.
The book will be published by MacMillan in February 2016.
Hurwitz is an accomplished author and comic book writer. His previous works include Don’t Look Back, Tell No Lies and The Survivor and he also wrote for both Marvel and DC on comics featuring Wolverine, Punisher and Batman.
He has also worked in Hollywood, having sold a spec script titled Expulsion to Warner Bros. in 2010 and serving as a writer/consulting producer on the ABC series V.
Cooper’s latest work, American Sniper, was a breakout hit when it opened in January and has earned over $361 million worldwide. It also garnered six Oscar nominations, including best picture and a best actor nom for Cooper, who portrays Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. Cooper was also a producer on the movie, having picked up the movie rights to Kyle’s memoir in 2012.
Cooper, who recently wrapped work on the untitled John Wells project and the Hawaii-set untitled Cameron Crowe project, is next producing, with Phillips, Arms and the Dudes, which is to star Jonah Hill and Miles Teller.
Jesse Ehrman and Julia Spiro will oversee for the studio.
THEWRAP.COM – The Tony Awards announced a diverse group of presenters Tuesday that includes everyone from Clint Eastwood to Carole King.
The presenters also include Kevin Bacon, Matt Bomer, Wayne Brady, Zach Braff, Kenneth Branagh, Patricia Clarkson, Bradley Cooper, Fran Drescher, Emilio Estefan, Gloria Estefan, Vera Farmiga, Will Ferrell, Tony Goldwyn, Anna Gunn, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ethan Hawke, Zachary Levi, Lucy Liu, Kate Mara, Tony nominee Audra McDonald, Leighton Meester, Alessandro Nivola, Zachary Quinto, Emmy Rossum and Liev Schreiber.
Eastwood is adapting Broadway’s “Jersey Boys”you for the big screen, and King’s music provided the inspiration for the musical “Beautiful.”
As previously announced, Golden Globe and Tony Award-winning actor Hugh Jackman will return for the fourth time to host the Tonys. More presenters and performers will be announced later.
The Tonys will air live from Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 8 at 8/7c on CBS.
Actor Bradley Cooper and director Todd Phillips, who collaborated on The Hangover trilogy, have teamed up to form a production banner, and have signed a three-year production deal with Warner Bros. Pictures.
At the same time, the duo have set their next collaboration, Arms & the Dudes, based on a Rolling Stone article written by Guy Lawson. The story tells of two stoners from Miami Beach who ended up becoming arms dealers for the U.S. government.
Jonah Hill has been involved in table reads for the project although it’s unclear at this stage if he will officially join the cast. Phillips is said to be doing a polish ahead of a shoot later this year.
(Mark Gordon is also producing while Bryan Zuriff is exec producing.)
Both Phillips and Cooper have or have had deals with Warners.
Cooper had a two-year deal that he signed in 2012 for his shingle 22nd & Indiana Pictures. That yielded American Sniper, which is currently shooting in Morocco and Los Angeles, with director Clint Eastwood.
With his Green Hat Films, Phillips has been based at the studio since 2005. The made not only the Hangover films but also 2010’s Due Date.
“Todd and Bradley have deep personal ties throughout the studio and we couldn’t be more pleased that they are combining their immense talents into what promises to be one formidable production company,” said Greg Silverman, Warner’ president, creative development and worldwide production.
“The entire Warner Bros. family is excited about the great movies we know will come from this collaboration of two highly successful and original filmmakers.”
Phillips and Cooper are repped by CAA; Phillips is also repped by attorney Warren Dern.
Eric Close is one very busy man these days. Not only does he co-star on Nashville as Teddy Conrad, but on Saturday, he and his wife, Keri, are hosting a big fundraiser at their L.A.-area home for The Africa Foundation.
But before we get to any of that, I have to tell you what Close just revealed to me about Bradley Cooper. Close appears opposite the Oscar-nominated actor in American Sniper, the upcoming Clint Eastwood-directed real-life drama about the late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (Cooper), who had more than 150 confirmed kills over his decade-long career as a sniper.
“He put on like 40 pounds,” said Close, who plays a Defense Intelligence Agency agent in the film. “He’s really been working hard. He looks great. He’s really taken on this character…He really takes this story personally and wants to do an honorable job for Chris’ memory and for his family.”