Johnny Depp In Talks For Wally Pfister-Helmed ‘Transcendence’ By MIKE FLEMING Wednesday October 24, 2012 @ 9:07am PDT
BREAKING: Johnny Depp is negotiating to star in Transcendence, the directorial debut of Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister. The project is being put together for an early 2013 shoot by Alcon co-founders and co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove. Alcon will release through its output deal with Warner Bros.
The screenplay, written by newcomer Jack Paglen, was developed by Annie Marter and Straight Up Films, whose company principals include Marisa Polvino, Kate Cohen and Regency Boies. Polvino, Marter and Cohen will produce along with David Valdes (Book of Eli), Johnson and Kosove. Boies will co-produce. The plot of Transcendence is being kept under wraps.
Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas are serving as executive producers and Alcon is financing. Pfister won an Oscar for his cinematography on the Nolan-directed Inception. He has done seven films with Nolan and Thomas, including The Dark Knight Rises and Memento. He was also cinematographer on Moneyball and The Italian Job.
Depp is repped by UTA.
Said Kosove and Johnson: “Johnny Depp is one of the most charismatic, talented actors imaginable and we are delighted he is with us on this project.”
Pfister called Depp “a creative and intelligent artist whom I feel will bring great depth to the character and the overall narrative.”
Johnny Depp is in negotiations to lead Transcendence, the directorial debut from The Dark Knight Rises cinematographer Wally Pfister. When the project was announced back in March, details were being kept under wraps. The plot is still being kept under wraps other than the film now having a title. So what does “Transcendence” refer to and why keep the logline secret? Perhaps it could be too confusing or difficult to distill into a single sentence, although when Inception was announced, all we knew was it was a thriller “set in the architecture of the mind.” It was intriguing even though it explained absolutely nothing. [Edit: THR's Borys Kit reports that the story is described as 2001 meets Inception and "is about the creation of a malevolent computer program." Depp's character gets sucked into said program.]
Depp will next be seen in Gore Verbinski‘s The Lone Ranger, which opens July 3, 2013. Hit the jump for the press release regarding Transcendence, which is scheduled to begin shooting early next year. [Update: Hit the jump for more details about the project.
Update: THR has some new detail about the project. Described as a cross between 2001: A Space Odyssey and Inception, “The story centers on a man who creates a computer that develops a malevolent awareness. Depp will play a husband who gets sucked into the computer.” For some reason The Hollywood Reporter did not include TRON as a comparative film. Depp’s participation is contingent on changes Pfister is willing to make to Jack Paglen‘s script. No word if the character will have a useless electronic cigarette.
Transcendence also has other high-profile actors being considered for the lead roles. Pfister has met with Noomi Rapace to play the female lead, James McAvoy and Tobey Maguire could play the male lead, and Christoph Waltz is being eyed for a supporting role.
Here’s the press release:
‘TRANSCENDENCE’ FOR JOHNNY DEPP
LOS ANGELES, CA, OCTOBER 24, 2012 – Academy Award nominee Johnny Depp is in negotiations to star in Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister’s directorial debut, TRANSCENDENCE, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove. With principal photography set to begin early next year, Alcon will release through its output deal with Warner Bros.
The screenplay, written by newcomer Jack Paglen, was developed by Annie Marter and Straight Up Films, whose company principals include Marisa Polvino, Kate Cohen and Regency Boies. Polvino, Marter and Cohen will produce along with David Valdes (“Book of Eli”), Johnson and Kosove. Boies will co-produce. The plot is being kept under wraps.
Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas are serving as executive producers on TRANSCENDENCE, which will be financed and produced by Alcon Entertainment.
Depp has been nominated for three Oscars for his work in the films “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” “Finding Neverland,” and “Sweeny Todd: The Demon of Barber Street.” He will next be seen in “The Lone Ranger” for Walt Disney Studios.
Pfister, who won an Oscar for his cinematography for INCEPTION, is well known for his work on projects with Christopher Nolan. His collaboration with Nolan has spanned seven films, beginning in 1999 with MEMENTO, and earning him his three Oscar nominations and one win.
Pfister recently completed THE DARK KNIGHT RISES with Nolan and served as the cinematographer on last year’s best picture nominee, MONEYBALL. Other credits include such films as THE ITALIAN JOB and LAUREL CANYON.
Kosove and Johnson state, “Johnny Depp is one of the most charismatic, talented actors imaginable and we are delighted he is with us on this project.”
Pfister states, “I’m thrilled, and feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Johnny. He is a creative and intelligent artist whom I feel will bring great depth to the character and the overall narrative.”
Who says that you can’t sell a $100 million movie at the American Film Market?
Summit has taken on sales duties for “Transcendence,” a sci-fi /fantasy feature budgeted at $120 million, and is selling the film to international buyers this week at the annual film market. The film has created the biggest buzz of the week, in a market where buyers say there are few notable titles.
“Transcendence” stars Johnny Depp and is being directed by Wally Pfister. It was written by Jack Paglen. Broderick Johnson, Andrew A. Kosove, Kate Cohen, Annie Marter, Marisa Polvino and David Valdes are producing the film, with Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas executive producing. The production is by Alcon Entertainment and Straight Up Films.
The story follows three scientists, attempting work on stem cell and advanced computer technology, which will change the fundamentals of human life. Tension comes into play when they are met by protest and resistance. The film is due to start shooting in February 2013.
Warner Bros. is handling domestic distribution.
Other films topping the Lionsgate slate at this year’s AFM include Neil Burger’s “Divergent” with Shailene Woodley; “Pawn Sacrifice,” with Tobey Maguire, which Ed Zwick is directing; and “Venus in Fur” from Roman Polanski.
The company is also handling “Pompeii” in 3D from Paul W.S. Anderson, as well as another Alcon title, “Prisoners” from Denis Villeneuve.
Here are some plot details of the film from The Wrap, according to producer Andrew Kosove. Also, there are no confirmations of other cast members, but it looks like none of the following will be in it: Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace or Kate Winslet.
looks like it's confirmed! but,do we actually see him in the movie?this bit made me think we might just hear him for the most part:
"According to the summary, a group of anti-technology terrorists assassinate Will, Evelyn uploads his brain into a prototype supercomputer. Although she at first finds the experiment seems to have gone wrong, before too long Evelyn finds Will responding in computer form."
Yeah, I guess we'll have to see. I'm sure there will be a portion before he's uploaded, but then? Will the screen have a "face"? (For some reason, I just thought of the old show Max Headroom I would imagine there would be some sort of visual- a hologram? And probably a voice. Actually, I think this could be a really fun challenge for him!
Rooney Mara, Emily Blunt & Rebecca Hall Up To Play Female Lead In Wally Pfister's 'Transcendence' Opposite Johnny Depp
While we're no closer to finding out what Christopher Nolan's next directorial project will be, a film is gearing up that is something very near; the directorial debut of Nolan's regular DoP Wally Pfister, an original sci-fi project called "Transcendence," which has already attracted some serious A-list talent in the shape of Johnny Depp, who's going to be playing the film's lead. The likes of Christian Bale, James McAvoy, Tobey Maguire, Christoph Waltz, Ewan McGregor and Tom Hardy have all been connected to the film of late, but no word's firming up on who might be joining Depp in the project.
Deadline reports that a trio of very hot-right-now actresses are being considered to play the female lead in the film, in the shape of Rooney Mara, Emily Blunt and Rebecca Hall. Blunt is the diciest of the trio, as it's believed that the film's shoot could clash with her role in the Tom Cruise sci-fi actioner "All You Need Is Kill," but even if she does fall out, all three are terrific actresses and would certainly fit nicely into a part that Noomi Rapace and Kate Winslet had previously been mentioned for. That said, if reports about the project that emerged yesterday are correct -- namely, that the actresses would play Evelyn, the fellow-scientist wife of Will (Depp), who uploads his brain into a supercomputer after he's assassinated by terrorists -- it's a little bit icky that actresses around half Depp's age are being considered for the part, rather than people more age-appropriate. But par for the course in Hollywood, we suppose.
Either way, a decision's set to arrive on Friday, so we're unlikely to have to wait too long to discover which of the trio has landed what must be one of the most sought-after female leads in Hollywood right now. Filming will get underway on March 4th, so expect to see the rest of the cast fall into place after Christmas. No release date yet for "Transcendence," but it will be hitting IMAX screens presumably in the latter half of 2014 or early 2015.
Post by outside the box on Dec 13, 2012 11:44:58 GMT -5
If they're starting filming in March 2013, I don't get why it might not be out til early 2015. Two years later?
Personally, I would've rather seen someone a bit older play his wife. I know Johnny looks young for his age, but he doesn't look in his 20s. I would've liked to see him work with Kate Winslet again.
Although, depending on how early on in the film his character uploads his brain, Johnny might not actually be physically present for much of it.... Depends how they do it, I guess. Maybe the computer will have a face?
Edit: ok, it helps if you read the rest of the thread before posting, Amy