Bradley Cooper Will Run Through Neil Burger's Dark Fields
by Ethan Anderton
November 5, 2009
Over a year of go it looked like Steven Spielberg's favorite surrogate son, Mr. LaBeouf, was going to take on the lead role in The Illusionist director Neil Burger's adaptation of the novel Dark Fields, written by Alan Glynn, first published back in 2002. But today Relativity Media announced it will begin production on the thriller with Bradley Cooper (The Hangover) starring as Eddie, a down and out New York writer who finds a pill that gives him the ability to access the full capacity of his brain. But suddenly, some mysterious men are in pursuit as he realizes the full potential of his intelligence comes with unforeseen dangers.
Burger will direct the Leslie Dixon (The Thomas Crown Affair, Hairspray) written script sometime later in the spring of 2010 and he sounds pumped, "I am really delighted that all of the elements of this project have come together in such a great way. I have been intrigued by the prospect of bringing this story to the screen for quite some time and I am very much looking forward to collaborating with Bradley, who I think is one of our finest working actors today." While I haven't read Glynn's novel, the concept is certainly intriguing. Stories of realizing full human potential in a sci-fi way are just my cup of tea. What do you guys think?