Fresh Plot Details For The Twilight Zone And Wally Pfister’s Transcendence

Despite the big-name brand on the poster and marquee, the upcoming Twilight Zone movie would seem set to be a new story; at the same time, Wally Pfister, regular cinematographer of Chris Nolan movies, is working on his own original sci-fi picture.

We don’t know much, yet, about what either will entail, but in the last day or so, some fresh plot details have come to light.

The Twilight Zone film is to tell a single, standalone story. According to Vulture, via Film Stage, the story will revolve around an astronaut who breaks the light barrier and finds that:

when he puts down his craft, he discovers that he’s landed a bit late for supper — 96 years late.

Time travelling astronaut, eh? How ironic that Matt Reeves recently ditched this project for the next Planet of the Apes.

As for Transcendence, it seems to be playing with a few interrelated sci-fi notions. The Wrap say:

the story follows three scientists, attempting work on 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

Add to this The Hollywood Reporter‘s initial description of the film as being about:

a man who creates a computer that develops a malevolent awareness. [Johnny] Depp will play a husband who gets sucked into the computer.

A husband, note. He’s not single. Key plot point? Seems conspicuous anyhow. Also that the “man” and the “husband” are different characters.

Pfister is apparently making another pass at Jack Paglen‘s script now, and things might change, but with an AI on the one hand and stem cell research on the other, I think I can see the themes here.

Transcendence, if you haven’t been keeping score, is likely to star Depp and Christian Bale with Noomi Rapace, Tobey Maguire and James McAvoy also mentioned in association somewhere along the line.

It’s apparently a good time for original sci-fi at the studios – these are just two of at least half a dozen films in the works. Here’s hoping there’s at least one good film amongst the finished results.