24 October 2012 9:37 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Academy Award nominee Johnny Depp is in negotiations to star in Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister's directorial debut, Transcendence, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew A. Kosove. With principal photography set to begin early next year, Alcon will release through its output deal with Warner Bros.

The screenplay, written by newcomer Jack Paglen, was developed by Annie Marter and Straight Up Films, whose company principals include Marisa Polvino, Kate Cohen and Regency Boies. Polvino, Marter and Cohen will produce along with David Valdes (The Book of Eli), Johnson and Kosove. Boies will co-produce. The plot is being kept under wraps.

Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas are serving as executive producers on Transcendence, which will be financed and produced by Alcon Entertainment.

Depp has been nominated for three Oscars for his work in the films Pirates of The Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl, »


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