Last week, "Dark Knight" cinematographer Wally Pfister caused a bit of a stir with his comments about "The Avengers"; however, he also dropped hints about his upcoming directorial debut, revealing that it'd be sci-fi in nature. Today, the lid has come off the project, as it has been confirmed as "Transcendence," and Johnny Depp has been tapped to star.
The film, which is being billed as in the vein of "2001: A Space Odyssey" and "Inception," centers on a man who creates a computer that develops a malevolent awareness" before he's pulled into the program. That actually sounds more like "Tron," so there's no shortage of reference points being thrown around.
Such comparisons obviously set a high bar, especially considering this will be Pfister's debut. As such, he's trying to bring a wealth of talent on board to help him out. Depp is currently in negotiations to play the lead role, and Pfister seems to think it's all but a done deal, as the director has said that he's "thrilled" and "fortunate to have the opportunity" to direct Depp.
Several other stars are also in talks to join Depp. James McAvoy and Tobey McGuire are being considered for another male lead, while Pfister has approached Noomi Rapace to play the female lead. A supporting role offer has also gone out to Christoph Waltz, and, if this cast comes together, it'll instantly be a fantastic ensemble.
Pfister is currently retooling the screenplay, which was written by Jack Paglen and developed by Annie Marter, who will also serve as a producer alongside Emma Thomas and longtime collaborator Christopher Nolan. "Transcendence" is expected to begin principal photography next year, which should put it on track for a 2014 release.
The sci-fi genre has undergone a bit of a renaissance in recent years, and, though it sounds a little familiar in concept, "Transcendence" looks to continue the trend.
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