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Johnny Depp Signs on for Nolan Cinematographer Wally Pfister's Directorial Debut, 'Transcendence'

Thompson on Hollywood 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...
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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.
 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.