EW have scored the first look at Inception’s award winning cinematographer’ directorial debut, Transcendence. Wally Pfister directs are rather impressive cast, and the film has a very ambitious idea to share with us. The story is based on a group of scientists attempting to build the worlds first self-aware computer.
Johnny Depp leads the cast as the head scientist who becomes the target of anti-technology extremists. Pfister told EW “It’s a very timely subject as we find we have to update the software on our cell phones before we can even make a call,”
The film has been financed and produced by Alcon Entertainment’s Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove, and co-financed by DMG Entertainment’s Dan Mintz, and will be released by Warner Bros. The film was produced by Straight Up Films’ Annie Marter, Marisa Polvino and Kate Cohen along with David Valdes. Pfister directs from newcomer Jack Paglen’s screenplay, which was developed with Annie Marter, with the most recent draft by Noah Oppenheim. Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas are serving as executive producers. Straight Up’s Regency Boies will co-produce.
The film stars Johnny Depp, Kate Mara, Cillian Murphy, Paul Bettany, Clifton Collins Jr., Cole Hauser, and Morgan Freeman.
Transcendence will be released in the US on 18th April 2014.
Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but they have also made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists who will do whatever it takes to stop him. However, in their attempt to destroy Will, they inadvertently become the catalyst for him to succeed—to be a participant in his own transcendence. For his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) and best friend Max Waters (Paul Bettany), both fellow researchers, the question is not if they can…but if they should. Their worst fears are realized as Will’s thirst for knowledge evolves into a seemingly omnipresent quest for power, to what end is unknown. The only thing that is becoming terrifyingly clear is there may be no way to stop him.