Johnny Depp to Star in Wally Pfister’s Transcendence for a Huge Payday

Wally PfisterLongtime Christopher Nolan cinematographer Wally Pfister is making his first foray into feature film directing, and it looks like he plans on hedging his bets more than just a little because Johnny Depp is currently “in talks” to star in the film. And for his efforts, Depp is expected to cash in on a $20 million dollar upfront payday, along with 15% of the film’s gross.

In case you’re keeping track at home, that’s a hell of a lot of money, folks. Of course, I think Depp also got paid by Brink truck for the last “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie, too, and looked how that one turned out (despite being just a ridiculously bad entry in the franchise, but whatever).

Pfister’s film, described as being in the vein of Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” and Nolan’s “Inception”, is called “Transcendence” and will follow “a man who creates a computer that develops a malevolent awareness”. Depp would play “a husband who gets sucked into the computer.”

Besides Depp, Pfister is already eyeing “Prometheus’” Noomi Rapace as the film’s female lead, with James McAvoy, Tobey Maguire, and Christoph Waltz being eyed for other prominent roles in the film.

Nolan will produce “Transcendence”, which I take it won’t be anything like Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers”, which Pfister is on record as having called “appalling”, much to Whedon’s dismay.

Johnny Depp

Via : THR



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  • BelmontHeir

    This sounds like a ridiculously over-produced remake of Tron…I have to admit, I love Pfister’s work but have lost some respect for him due to his unprofessional comments as of late.

    • edge007

      Yeah, that was a pretty bad one. Personally, The Avengers is probably my second favorite superhero movie of all time right behind the first Superman movie starring Christopher Reeve. In any event, this would be my ever so sarcastic reply (just imagine me rolling my eyes, here): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kygl3yMshQA