You may not recognize Wally Pfister‘s name, but you’ve most definitely seen his work. As cinematographer on all of Christopher Nolan’s films he’s been responsible for some of the most striking images to hit multiplexes and IMAX theaters over the past several years, but now he’s stepping out from behind the camera… so he can step behind it again in the role of director.
His directorial debut, Transcendence, is a cautionary tale about scientists reaching for technological extremes and radical reactionaries who fear the eventual obsolescence of mankind. His film was already guaranteed to look incredible, but Pfister has gone ahead and stocked it with fantastic actors too including Rebecca Hall, Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman, Paul Bettany, Cillian Murphy, Clifton Collins Jr, and others.
Check out the first trailer for Transcendence below.
So think Skynet meets Her and you just may be in the right ballpark.
As expected, the movie looks like a visual treat and the cast seem more than up to the task of selling the events at hand, but I’m not entirely sold on the plot. Hopefully there’s more to it than simply the mainframe’s Depp-infused artificial intelligence spreading his sentient seed across the T-1 connections and taking over the world.
The film’s screenplay credits (per IMDB) are a mess of “written by” and “re-written by” assignations so it’s not entirely clear who’s behind the bulk of it, but Jack Paglen appears to be the script’s original author. If so, it would be his first feature, but he’s also attached to a somewhat improbable Prometheus 2. The other three writers listed (including Pfister himself) are equally new to the feature film game.
Transcendence opens April 18, 2014.