What’s the technological singularity? A term is coined by Vernor Vinge, the science fiction author, in 1983 and refers to a hypothetical event occurring when computers develop their own intelligence qualitatively different and harder to predict.
The Terminator franchise’s doomsday depiction of the emergence of an A.I. that becomes a super-intelligence – - Skynet is the most well-known cultural touchstone for this trans-human hypothesis.
Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister seems to be keen on the idea of the singularity. His directorial debut, a project titled Transcendence has the plot that will have the theory of the singularity at its core.
It was revealed back in October that his long-time director Christopher Nolan was on board to executive produce Transcendence and that Johnny Depp was in talks to star in the film. The screenplay is written by newcomer Jack Paglen.
Well, further story points have been revealed when producer Andrew Kosove told The Wrap:
It is true Johnny Depp’s brain is uploaded into a computer.
Moreover, ‘three scientists — Max and the husband and wife team, Will and Evelyn — have been developing a programming code for the world’s first fully self-aware computer.’
The project will also involve ideas regarding nanotechnology and artificial intelligence and ‘anti-technology terrorist’ that tries to steal and destroy the supercomputer.
Depp will reportedly play one of the lead scientists, Will and the other two roles have not yet been cast.
However, Kosove told the site that Noomi Rapace is not in the running for the female lead, but notes that Ewan McGregor passed on an early draft and Tom Hardy is busy with other projects as well as Kate Winslet.
Read at your own risk spoilery details about the film’s alleged plot in the original article.