Dark Fields Retitled Limitless, Moved To March Release

By Katey Rich 2010-12-04 12:29:01discussion comments
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The last bit of news we got about Neil Burger's thriller Dark Fields was back in July, when Universal set the film for an ominous January 21 release date-- during the typical doldrums of the winter movie season. But now the film doesn't just have a new release date, but a new title, and maybe renewed hopes to be some kind of success. The Playlist got their hands on the 2011 slate for producing company Relativity Media, which revealed that Dark Fields has been retitled Limitless and is set for a March 18 release.

Though I was never really sure what Dark Fields meant for the title-- it was the same name as the novel the film is based on, by Alan Glynn-- it was a lot more intriguing than Limitless, which is so generic it could be the title for pretty much anything. I guess it's a good thing Gus Van Sant's Restless moved from its spring release to later in the year, since the two movies-- despite being totally different-- could be easily confused.

There's also a new synopsis available for the film, which you can see below:

Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro star in Limitless, a paranoia-fueled action thriller about an unpublished writer whose life is transformed by a top-secret “smart drug” that allows him to use 100% of his brain and become a perfect version of himself. His enhanced abilities soon attract shadowy forces that threaten his new life in this darkly comic and provocative film.

Aspiring author Eddie Morra (Cooper) is suffering from chronic writer’s block, but his life changes instantly when an old friend introduces him to NZT, a revolutionary new pharmaceutical that allows him to tap his full potential. With every synapse crackling, Eddie can recall everything he has ever read, seen or heard, learn any language in a day, comprehend complex equations and beguile anyone he meets—as long as he keeps taking the untested drug.

Soon Eddie takes Wall Street by storm, parlaying a small stake into millions. His accomplishments catch the eye of mega-mogul Carl Van Loon (De Niro), who invites him to help broker the largest merger in corporate history. But they also bring Eddie to the attention of people willing to do anything to get their hands on his stash of NZT. With his life in jeopardy and the drug’s brutal side effects grinding him down, Eddie dodges mysterious stalkers, a vicious gangster and an intense police investigation as he attempts to hang on to his dwindling supply long enough to outwit his enemies.
Other news from the Relativity slate included a working title for the omnibus comedy project, featuring shorts by the likes of Peter Farrelly, Brett Ratner, Mike Judge and Elizabeth Banks. For now they're calling it Movie 43, though I have to imagine they'll be able to come up with something better than that before it gets released. They also snagged a new title for the project formerly known as Kids in America, now retitled Take Me Home Tonight. The movie was filmed way back in 2007, and shows its age simply by having Topher Grace (now 32 years old) playing a recent college graduate. It also stars Anna Faris and Dan Fogler, and boasts enough talent that it's kind of a mystery why it's been kept on the shelf this long. You can read its new synopsis below; it's finally scheduled to hit theaters on March 4 next year.

As the summer of 1988 winds down, three friends on the verge of adulthood attend an out-of-control party in celebration of their last night of unbridled youth. Starring Topher Grace, Anna Faris, Dan Fogler and Teresa Palmer, Take Me Home Tonight is a raunchy, romantic and ultimately touching blast from the past set to an awesome soundtrack of timeless rock and hip-hop hits.

Recent MIT grad Matt Franklin (Topher Grace) should be working for a Fortune 500 company and starting his upward climb to full-fledged yuppie-hood. Instead, the directionless 23-year-old confounds family and friends by taking a part-time job behind the counter of a video store at the Sherman Oaks Galleria.

But Matt’s silent protest against maturity comes to a screeching halt once his unrequited high school crush, Tori Frederking (Teresa Palmer), walks into the store. When she invites him to an epic, end-of-summer party, Matt thinks he finally might have a chance with the girl of his dreams. With his cynical twin sister Wendy (Anna Faris) and best friend Barry (Dan Fogler), Matt embarks on a once-in-a-lifetime evening. From stealing a car to a marriage proposal to an indescribable, no-holds-barred dance-off, these friends share experiences that will change the course of their lives on one unforgettable night in the Go-Go ’80s.

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