Originally set to star Shia Labeouf as a down-on-his-luck loser who stumbles across a top-secret pharmaceutical drug that makes him super smart, the thriller “Dark Fields” has found a new leading man in “The Hangover’s” Bradley Cooper. The film, described as being in the vein of trippy David Fincher films “Fight Club” and “The Game”, will be directed by Neil Burger of “The Illusionist” fame, and will be based on the book by Alan Glynn, with big-screen adaptation courtesy of Leslie Dixon.
Upon discovering the super drug, Cooper’s writer character experiences sudden financial and social success thanks to his new big brain, but soon discovers that the drug has lethal and lasting side effects, as they surely must. One of these side effects involve “trip-switching,” a phenomenon in which time moves with a stop-motion quality, which will no doubt be revealed onscreen in all manner of groovy visuals. Plus, mysterious figures are pursuing our hero.
Burger, who became a known commodity after the Ed Norton period drama “The Illusionist”, will direct for Relativity Media. His most recent film, the road trip movie “The Lucky Ones” went and came without nary a peep.
Cooper, meanwhile, is currently shooting Joe Carnahan’s “The A-Team” movie.