Christian Bale Also Wanted for Wally Pfister's Sci-Fi 'Transcendence'

October 26, 2012
Source: LA Times

Wally Pfister and Christian Bale

You might think that Wally Pfister would be happy having Johnny Depp aboard his sci-fi film Transcendence, the director of photography's first film as a director. But Depp isn't enough for Pfister and his executive producer Christopher Nolan as The LA Times reports Christian Bale is being courted for the film described as being in the vein of 2001: A Space Odyssey and Inception. The story centers on a man who creates a computer that develops a malevolent awareness. Depp will play a husband who gets sucked into the computer, but it's not clear what role Bale would take if he ends up finalizing a deal. More below!

We're hoping Bale's role would be something villainous as he's been the hero for awhile now. Even if he doesn't sign on, it's good to see that Pfister is setting his sights on such great talent for his directorial debut. There's apparently three lead roles to cast so maybe more familiar Nolan collaborators will show up on set. Though Pfisters has worked with Nolan for a long time now, the transition to director from cinematographer is not an easy one as Mubi has pointed out a slew of mediocre directors who came from the world of cinematography. Here's hoping Pfister is the exception to the rule. Stay tuned for more.

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Pfister has a very close minded attitude when it comes to Digital photography and's such an elitist approach that I can't respect it. Also, he may have found the cinematography of The Avengers appalling, but it is just his opinion, and in the end, what it looks like is him being spiteful. 'Appalling' isn't a constructive criticism. That being said, he himself is quite a great cinematographer, and this project sounds I'll follow it going forward.

Chris Groves on Oct 26, 2012


Pfister 's point of view on 3D and digital photography is shared by many DP and persons in the industry..You chose Digital for economy (never because it's "better looking",it's cold and artificial) and 3D is too often just gimmick.Read the interviews of nominated DP.Even the DP who use digital prefer the film weirdly

carrie on Oct 26, 2012


Each to their own, but it's his overall attitude that I found distasteful and disrespectful. If you prefer film, fine, but he literally said '3D, it's a marketing fucking scheme isn't it?'...sometimes, sure, but it can also really enhance an experience depending on the film. Also, calling the cinematography of the most successful film of the year, and one of the most successful of all time 'apalling' just comes off as a little classless. Look at Whedon's response: "I'm sorry to hear that, I'm a fan."

Chris Groves on Oct 27, 2012


Christian Bale might be attached? I would watch that man eat glue or watch paint dry for 3 hours. Sold!

SuicidalOptimist on Oct 26, 2012


I agree completely! I would choose Christian over Depp any day. Glad Nolan and Pfisters remembered who "their main man" is.

Spirit dog on Oct 27, 2012


"The story centers on a man who creates a computer that develops a malevolent awareness. Depp will play a husband who gets sucked into the computer..." Sooo Tron? lol

Cody W on Oct 26, 2012


Lots of BS for 3D in the comments here particularly avengers now having watched avengers in both formats it was like most movies in 3d appalling and a clear money spinner which is why it's was financially "film of the year" at the end of the day movies only do 3d to get the family's in but to be fair most are very poor but when executed right you get a 3D masterpiece like avatar now whilst the film only gets a rating of 7 or a generous 8 .... it ruined avengers completely in that format in fact the 3D in the avengers is a disgrace I enjoyed the avengers but it wasn't great cinematography wise I think pfister is right what he says regard avengers but to me it's not a serious film it is just a little fun abit cheesy but that's fine I still enjoyed it just not in 3d .....

Ant87 on Oct 27, 2012


'sucked into the computer' sounds more like tron

me on Oct 29, 2012

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