Transcendence is to be the directorial debut of Wally Pfister, best known as Chris Nolan’s regular cinematographer. The film has an attractive cast – Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall and Paul Bettany – and an intriguing premise. For more on that, here’s the official plot blurb:
Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but they have also made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists who will do whatever it takes to stop him.
However, in their attempt to destroy Will, they inadvertently become the catalyst for him to succeed—to be a participant in his own transcendence. For his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) and best friend Max Waters (Paul Bettany), both fellow researchers, the question is not if they can…but if they should.
Their worst fears are realized as Will’s thirst for knowledge evolves into a seemingly omnipresent quest for power, to what end is unknown. The only thing that is becoming terrifyingly clear is there may be no way to stop him.
Sounds like the kind of sci-fi I’m more used to getting from a paperback book than the silver screen, and that’s no bad thing. Will this neophyte director have the chops to pull it off?
I guess we’ll find out on April 18th next year, and we can look forward to getting at least some clues when the trailer lands… well, very soon. I’d hazard a guess at some time in the next 24 hours, but I don’t know for sure.