LOS ANGELES, CA, OCTOBER 24, 2012- 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 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 ("Book of Eli"), Johnson and Kosove. Boies will co-produce. The plot is being kept under wraps.
ChristopherNolan 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," "Finding Neverland," and "Sweeny Todd: The Demon of Barber Street." He will next be seen in "The Lone Ranger" for Walt Disney Studios.
Pfister, who won an Oscar for his cinematography for INCEPTION, is well known for his work on projects with Christopher Nolan. His collaboration with Nolan has spanned seven films, beginning in 1999 with MEMENTO, and earning him his three Oscar nominations and one win.
Pfister recently completed THE DARK KNIGHT RISES with Nolan and served as the cinematographer on last year's best picture nominee, MONEYBALL. Other credits include such films as THE ITALIAN JOB and LAUREL CANYON.
Kosove and Johnson state, "Johnny Depp is one of the most charismatic, talented actors imaginable and we are delighted he is with us on this project."
Pfister states, "I'm thrilled, 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."
Depp is repped by UTA.
ABOUT ALCON ENTERTAINMENT
Alcon Entertainment co-founders and co-CEO's Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson founded the Company in 1997 with financial backing from Frederick W. Smith, the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of FedEx. Alcon, which is named after a mythological archer and ally of Hercules, has financed, and/or co-financed/produced over 19 films, including "My Dog Skip," "Dude, Where's My Car?", "Insomnia," "Racing Stripes," the Academy Award nominated Best Picture "The Blind Side," which earned Sandra Bullock a Best Actress Oscar; "The Book of Eli," starring Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman; "Insomnia," starring Al Pacino, Robin Williams, and Hilary Swank and directed by Chris Nolan; "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants," and "P.S. I Love You," starring Hilary Swank, among many others.
Alcon will next release "Beautiful Creatures," based on the New York Times bestselling novel of the same name by authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, starring Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Viola Davis and Emma Thompson. Richard LaGravenese directs from his adaptation of the novel, which is the first of a hugely popular series. The film will release on 2-13-13 via Alcon's output deal with Warner Bros.
The Company recently released the box-office success "Dolphin Tale," a 3-D family film starring Morgan Freeman, Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd and Kris Kristofferson, released via Alcon's output deal with Warner Bros.
STRAIGHT UP FILMS
Straight Up Films is a boutique development, production and financing company that produces innovative commercial content across multiple media platforms. Up next is the untitled sci-fi thriller to be directed by the Purchase Brothers and co-produced with Barry Josephson.