Wally Pfister, the wonderful cinematographer who has given Christopher Nolan his distinct look, is making his directorial debut with a film called Transcendence. I wasn't sure whether to be interested in the film until I read this synopsis, and now I'm just fucking psyched:
Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but they have also made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists who will do whatever it takes to stop him. However, in their attempt to destroy Will, they inadvertently become the catalyst for him to succeed—to be a participant in his own transcendence. For his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) and best friend Max Waters (Paul Bettany), both fellow researchers, the question is not if they can…but if they should. Their worst fears are realized as Will’s thirst for knowledge evolves into a seemingly omnipresent quest for power, to what end is unknown. The only thing that is becoming terrifyingly clear is there may be no way to stop him.
So an AI expert gets himself uploaded to a computer, which becomes sentient and then tries to take over the world. This is like Colossus: The Forbin Project with Johnny Depp's face! It's a totally 1970s concept and it's making me psyched. And it's just Johnny Depp's regular face - no stupid hat, no crazy hair. Just a guy. On a screen. As an evil computer.
EW has the first images from the film, which opens April 18, 2014.