News on Wally Pfister’s Directorial Debut ‘Transcendence’

(photo courtesy LA Times)

For those unaware, Christopher Nolan nearly always works with a single director of photography, the fantastic Wally Pfister.  He has been nominated for Best Cinematography by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences four times, winning once for the film Inception.  I still think his best work lies in the film The Prestige (which I also think is Nolan’s best film as well), but that’s neither here nor there.

Now, the director of photography will sit in the director’s chair next year on the film Transcendence, described as an epic sci-fi film in the vein of 2001: A Space Odyssey, which follows “a husband who creates a computer that develops a malevolent awareness.”  Coming out of the American Film Market,  The Wrap has the news that the script by Jack Paglen follows “three scientists, attempting work on a 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.”

Christopher Nolan will serve as executive producer on the film, which is set to star Johnny Depp, and may also feature Christian Bale, James McAvoy, Tobey Maguire, Noomi Rapace, and Christoph Waltz, who are all in talks to do the film, which has a $120 million budget.  If he can direct as well as he can light a scene, I’d say it will be money well spent.  The film will begin production in February, and will be released by Warner Brothers, who have long hosted the films of Christopher Nolan.

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