Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister has spent years making everyone else’s movies look spectacular, most notably Christopher Nolan’s assorted features inside and out of the Batman universe. He’s transitioning to the director’s chair in 2014 for Transcendence, a mysterious project with Johnny Depp in the lead that we have been tracking with great interest ever since it was first announced. Now, thanks to Warner Bros.’ recent release of official synopses on their anticipated titles, we have a much better idea of what to expect from Pfister’s directorial debut.
Collider ran with plot descriptions of major Warner titles, from Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys to Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: There and Back Again. But it was the Transcendence blurb that caught my eye, primarily because, in absence of a trailer, we have no idea what Pfister has been playing around with. Here’s what Warner says Transcendence is going to be about:
First and foremost, I’m thrilled that Depp is challenging himself in a project that exists far outside his two comfort zones: Pirates of the Caribbean movies and Tim Burton collaborations. You have to go all the way back to Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus to find an example of Depp stepping into uncomfortable skin to develop a character that isn’t 90% cartoon. Good for Pfister for luring Depp into what sounds like a mind-blowing sci-fi effort.
And then, we’re just excited to see what a composer like Pfister can do. He has studied under the tutelage of Nolan on movies like The Prestige and Inception. He can unravel visual puzzles with the best of them … and Transcendence sounds like it has the potential to stimulate audiences on the level of an Inception.
At the very least, it should look amazing.
Transcendence co-stars Depp, Bettany, Hall, Kate Mara, Cillian Murphy and the great Morgan Freeman. It will be in theaters on April 18, and I have to believe a trailer is right around the corner. Stay tuned.
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