Warner Bros. Picks Up 'The Accidental Genius' for Robert Downey Jr.
The studio has enjoyed the success of the Sherlock Holmes franchise with Robert Downey Jr. enough to let him set up the Team Downey production banner founded by the actor and his wife Susan Downey. Recently we learned the studio and Team Downey would collaborate on a big screen adaptation of the classic legal series Perry Mason, but not they've set up yet another project together. Deadline has word that Downey will not only produce but star in The Accidental Genius, an original pitch from newcomer Adam Gibgot about two men who set out to solve a hundred-year-old mystery that just might change the world.
Apparently the title refers to a rare but true medical condition in which a person emerges from a physical trauma with heightened mental abilities. Sounds like a toned down, grounded superhero story. Part of me has this inkling that the titular character's newfound abilities may only be temporary and could lead to the tragic demise of the character in question, almost like John Travolta's character in Phenomenon. Downey is certainly taking on a variety of interesting project keeping him busy for the next few years, and that's not even including his work in The Avengers and Iron Man franchises from Marvel. But as a huge fan of Downey's work since his triumphant comeback from substance abuse, this is all good news.
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