LOS ANGELES, CA, APRIL 11, 2013 - Oscar winner Morgan Freeman is in final negotiations to join Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, Rebecca Hall and Kate Mara in Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister's directorial debut, TRANSCENDENCE, it was announced by Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson, co-founders and co-CEOs of Alcon Entertainment.
Principal photography is set to begin in May in Los Angeles. Alcon Entertainment will finance and produce the picture, which will be released via their output deal with Warner Bros on April 25, 2014.
Written by Jack Paglen, the screenplay 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.
Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas and Aaron Ryder are serving as executive producers.
Freeman reprised his role as Fox in last year's "The Dark Knight Rises" on which Pfister served as cinematographer. Freeman was most recently seen in "Olympus Has Fallen" alongside Aaron Eckhart and Gerard Butler. He will next be seen starring alongside Tom Cruise in "Oblivion" for Universal Pictures and Summit's "Now You See Me" which also stars Isla Fisher, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Michael Caine, among others.
Aside from "The Dark Knight Rises," Pfister served as cinematographer on 2011's Best Picture Oscar-nominee, "Moneyball." His other credits include films such as "The Italian Job" and "Laurel Canyon."
Freeman is repped by CAA.
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," "P.S. I Love You," starring Hilary Swank, and the box-office success "Dolphin Tale," a 3-D family film starring Morgan Freeman, Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd and Kris Kristofferson.
Alcon recently wrapped production on on "Prisoners," a dramatic film about abduction directed by Denis Villeneuve starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhall, Viola Davis, Melissa Leo, and Paul Dano for release via their output deal with Warner Bros. on September 20, 2013. They will begin production on Wally Pfister's directorial debut "Transcendence" starring Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany and Rebecca Hall this summer.
ABOUT 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.