Having stretched his considerably talented mental acuity in such roles as Tony Stark, the billionaire prodigy behind Iron Man, and Sherlock Holmes, the famed detective, it’s not a stretch to call Robert Downey Jr. a genius. He’ll get a chance to play a third mental giant in The Accidental Genius, a new pitch picked up by Warner Bros (per Deadline). The drama centers on a man of previously average intelligence who wakes from a coma to find himself gifted with a superior intellect. (You can draw parallels to Downey Jr.’s career here, if you’d like.) The man teams up with a prodigy-turned-burnout (or here) to decipher strange symbols that could unlock the secret to a century-old, world-altering mystery.
The Accidental Genius is a nod to a true-to-life medical condition in which a coma patient may awaken with heightened cognition. Downey Jr and Susan Downey will produce through Team Downey with Ben Silverman’s Electus. Adam Gibgot, the writer of The Accidental Genius, will also be executive producer with David Gambino. Gibgot recently wrote the pilot for Oliver Stone’s drama Darkhorse on FX.