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…who gets smarter in the new movie “The Dark Fields”, which will follow a character played by Shia LaBeouf (pictured, left), a “loser” who discovers a top-secret pharmaceutical drug that makes him smarter. The film will be directed by Neil Burger (“The Illusionist”) for Universal, with Leslie Dixon and Intermedia’s Scott Kroopf producing. The movie will be adapted from the book of the same name by author Alan Glynn. “The Dark Fields” is being compared to “Fight Club” and “The Game”, which probably means it’s one trippy flick.
The story, by Burger and Dirk Wittenborn, follows a loser (LaBeouf) who gets his hands on a top-secret pharmaceutical drug that makes you smarter. He experiences sudden financial and social success but soon discovers that the drug has lethal and lasting side effects, including “trip-switching,” a phenomenon in which time moves with a stop-motion quality.
As always, here’s a better, more detailed description of the story from the book’s jacket:
Imagine a drug that makes your brain function with perfect efficiency, tapping into your most fundamental resources of intelligence and drive, releasing all the passive knowledge you’d ever accumulated. A drug that made you focused, charming, fast, even attractive. Eddie Spinola is on such a drug. It’s called MDT-48, and it’s Viagra for the brain-a designer drug that’s redesigning his life. But while MDT is helping Eddie achieve the kind of success he’s only dreamed about, it’s also chipping away at his sanity-splitting headaches, spontaneous blackouts, violent outbursts. And now that he’s hooked and his supply is running low, Eddie must venture into the drug’s dark past to feed his habit. What he discovers proves that MDT, once a dream come true, has become his worst nightmare.
Remember, kids: Drugs are bad. Mmkay?