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Johnny Depp is set to star in cinematographer Wally Pfister's directorial debut, "Transcendence." Written by Jack Paglen, and developed at Straight Up Films, the story is currently being kept a secret. Pfister did, however, drop these details: "It’s a present-day science fiction film, a fairly big concept. It’s bigger budget — not as big as 'Batman,' but not independent." Pfister's longtime collaborator Christopher Nolan (they worked together on "Inception," "The Dark Night" trilogy, "The Prestige" and "Memento") will exec produce along with Emma Thomas. “I'm thrilled," says Pfister. "And feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Johnny. He is a creative and intelligent artist whom I feel will bring great depth to the character and the overall narrative." Pfister won his Best Cinematography Oscar for "Inception," and was »


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