We heard earlier this year that Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister (every Christopher Nolan film since Memento) is moving into the directing game with the help of Nolan and his producing partner/wife Emma Thomas. The movie has since been titled Transcendence, and Johnny Depp is apparently being eyed for the lead role.
Depp will receive a mammoth payday for the role, $20 million against 15% of the gross, sources say.
Plot details have been closely guarded, but sources say the film is described as in the vein of 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, contigent on changes Pfister is making to the script, sources say.
Noomi Rapace, James McAvoy, and Tobey Maguire are said to have met for other roles in the film, and Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) has an offer for a supporting role. Pfister is attracting some big talent, which I suppose is to be expected given the involvement of Christopher Nolan and Pfister’s filmography.
Filming is set to begin early next year. Warner Bros. is distributing and Alcon Entertainment are producing.