Here’s the latest full trailer for Wally Pfister‘s Transcendence, starring Johnny Depp as an AI designer who is killed in “real” life, but preserved as a digital consciousness. Pfister makes the leap from cinematographer to director here, but you can still see visual traces of his long run shooting for Christopher Nolan. This film looks like the dark thriller counterpart to Spike Jonze’s Her, as Depp’s character is killed at the hands of anti-tech terrorists, leading his consciousness down a pathway where it can expand well past the limitations of human biology. Read More »
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Briefly: We’ll get a second trailer for Wally Pfister‘s first directorial effort, Transcendence, later this week. For now you can check out the first poster for the film, which looks like the sort of image that might have decorated a paperback copy of a William Gibson novel twenty years ago, or maybe a cover of Wired. It’s essentially a graphic interpretation of that creepy image above, in which Johnny Depp‘s head is wired up for some serious computer interface. Read More »
Posted on Friday, February 7th, 2014 by Angie Han
The Whitey Bulger biopic Black Mass got a fresh jolt of life last month when Scott Cooper entered talks to direct, and now it’s taking another big step forward as casting gets underway. In the lead role will be Johnny Depp, who previously signed on and then quit the project last year, while Tom Hardy is in early talks to play his FBI handler John Connolly. Get more details on the project after the jump.
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You may remember that one of the films about Whitey Bulger that has been making its way to the screen is Black Mass. If things had gone a different way than they did in the end, Barry Levinson would be shooting it soon with Johnny Depp in the lead role and Joel Edgerton supporting. But the budget ballooned, the producers tried to cut costs, and when Depp was asked to slash his asking price, he bailed. The movie effectively died then.
Now Out of the Furnace and Crazy Heart director Scott Cooper is in early talks to revive the film. And Deadline says that Depp could come back to work with him. What ruthless irony it would be if Depp took less money this time out than he had originally planned to under Levinson.
The film was set in motion by a Mark Mallouk script based on the book ‘Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob’ by Dick Lehr and Gerald O’Neill. Cooper would rewrite, but hopefully he’ll stick to the core story, in which Bulger consolidated his power by working as an FBI informant who turned over info on his rivals through collusion with a childhood friend who ended up in the Bureau.
Marvel Studios has a reputation for going after big fish with their casting and, for their Phase Three lynchpin, they’re going after one of the biggest fish there is. Latino Review reports that Johnny Depp took a meeting with Marvel to discuss playing Doctor Strange in a Phase Three film likely to be released in 2016. Read More »
After a couple days marked by minor teasers for Transcendence, we’ve now got a full trailer that uses actual footage rather than voiceover and stock images and illustrations.
Christopher Nolan’s longtime cinematographer Wally Pfister makes his directorial debut here, and in the cast and style of the footage there’s a very recognizable set of faces and characteristics. Johnny Depp stars as a scientist who is incarnated as a computer-housed intelligence, with anti-tech terrorists on his trail and potentially a non-human agenda of his own. Cillian Murphy, Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman, Kate Mara, and Paul Bettany are among the supporting cast.
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Posted on Thursday, December 19th, 2013 by Angie Han
Countless sci-fi movies have explored the possible consequences of the technological singularity, the moment when the machines have officially outpaced the humans who created them. But in Wally Pfister‘s Transcendence, the first machine to achieve sentience isn’t really a machine at all. It’s a controversial scientist, played by Johnny Depp.
Dr. Will Caster (Depp) is an AI researcher whose groundbreaking experiments have caught the attention of some angry, anti-tech terrorists. When the bad guys come to destroy him, Caster tries to get away by uploading his own consciousness into a machine — whereupon his innate ambition becomes warped into something far bigger and more terrifying. Watch the first teaser after the jump.
Update: There’s a second teaser that features voiceover from Morgan Freeman. We’ve added it below.
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Posted on Thursday, December 12th, 2013 by Angie Han
It really says something about Johnny Depp‘s career that his role in Transcendence as a megalomaniacal digital god (or something) is the least weird he’s looked in a while. The role doesn’t require him to don gold teeth, or vampire fangs, or ten pounds of white makeup and a bird on his head. Instead, as director Wally Pfister puts it, Transcendence has him with “just a pair of glasses on and a pretty normal haircut.”
But don’t let that fool you: Transcendence sounds like a trip. The script, by Jack Paglen, centers on an AI researcher (Depp) who uploads his own consciousness into the computer when his life falls into danger. Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman, and Cillian Murphy also star, and you can see all of them in two new images after the jump.
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