By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood October 24, 2012 at 12:40PM
Johnny Depp is set to star in cinematographer Wally Pfister's directorial debut, "Transcendence." Written by Jack Paglen, and developed at Straight Up Films, the story is currently being kept a secret. Pfister did, however, drop these details: "It’s a present-day science fiction film, a fairly big concept. It’s bigger budget — not as big as 'Batman,' but not independent."
Pfister's longtime collaborator Christopher Nolan (they worked together on "Inception," "The Dark Night" trilogy, "The Prestige" and "Memento") will exec produce along with Emma Thomas.
“I'm thrilled," says Pfister. "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."
Pfister won his Best Cinematography Oscar for "Inception," and was nominated for the first two Batman films and "The Prestige." Other recent credits include "Moneyball" and "Marley." Our interview with Pfister is here.
Depp is also attached to a handful of other projects in development, and will be seen next in "The Lone Ranger" as Tonto (July 2013).
Alcon Entertainment will finance, produce and release "Transcendence" through their deal with Warner Bros.
The project will kick off in early 2013.