Johnny Depp Confirmed for ‘Transcendence’ and ‘Black Mass’

The busy actor will shoot both projects back-to-back, with ‘Transcendence’ starting in April and ‘Black Mass’ shooting this summer.

Johnny Depp will shoot Transcendence and Black Mass back-to-back this year
Johnny Depp will shoot Transcendence and Black Mass back-to-back this year
Johnny Depp is set to star in Transcendence, the directorial debut of Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister. The film will begin principal photography in April.

The film is being financed and produced by Alcon Entertainment's Broderick Johnson and Andrew A. Kosove and will be released by Warner Bros. The film will also be produced by Straight Up Films' Annie Marter, Marisa Polvino and Kate Cohen along with David Valdes. Pfister will direct from newcomer Jack Paglen's screenplay, which was developed with Annie Marter, with the most recent draft by Noah Oppenheim. Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas are serving as executive producers. Straight Up's Regency Boies will co-produce.

Producers are not revealing the film's plot.

Following Transcendence, Depp will segue into the crime thriller Black Mass, about notorious Boston mob boss Whitey Bulger, to be directed by Barry Levinson, with Jez Butterworth writing a new draft of the screenplay by Mark Mallouk, based on the New York Times best-seller Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob by Boston Globe reporters Dick Lehr and Gerald O'Neill.

Filming is beginning in early summer of 2013.

The film will be produced by Cross Creek's Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson along with John Lesher via his Le Grisbi Productions and Nigel Sinclair and Guy East's Exclusive Media, with Cross Creek and Exclusive Media co-financing.

Depp will next be seen starring in Disney's big screen adaptation of The Lone Ranger directed by Gore Verbinski and debuting July 3, 2013. The film is produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Verbinski along with Depp and Christi Dembrowski's Infinitum Nihil banner. Infinitum Nihil's credits also include Hugo, Dark Shadows and The Rum Diary.

Depp is represented by UTA and Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal Laviolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman, LLP.

Transcendence was released April 18th, 2014 and stars Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Cillian Murphy, Kate Mara, Cole Hauser, Morgan Freeman, Clifton Collins Jr.. The film is directed by Wally Pfister.

Black Mass comes to theaters September 18th, 2015 and stars Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, Dakota Johnson, Jesse Plemons, Juno Temple, Benedict Cumberbatch, Adam Scott. The film is directed by Scott Cooper.

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  1. Sean

    @gallagher Oh, okay. So, both of those movies will be done filming, before the filming begins on Pirates 5 in 2014. That's good to hear! :) .

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  2. Brian Gallagher

    @themoviefanatic I have no idea when Pirates 5 starts shooting. They don't even have a director yet. Disney issued the 2015 release date, but they haven't said when shooting will begin. They hired a new writer in January, so the script probably isn't even finished yet. Both Transcendence and Black Mass will easily be done shooting before 2014 is here.

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  3. Sean

    @bawnian-dexeus You really didn't have to mention that to him.

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  4. Sean

    @gallagher What i am wanting to know is if Pirates 5 will start filming in spring 2014 or in summer 2014, and if Transcendence and Black Mass will be done filming before that happens.

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  5. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @gallagher Whatever you do, don't buy rope

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  6. Brian Gallagher

    @themoviefanatic "Somehow filmed back to back?" That's exactly what it says. What are you not understanding? Why are you so obsessed with Pirates 5 anyway?

    2 years agoby @gallagherFlag

  7. Sean

    @gallagher Oh, i see. Maybe Black Mass and Transcendence will somehow be filmed back to back and be finished by late 2013, before Pirates 5 possibly begins filming in Spring 2014 or Summer 2014?

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  8. Brian Gallagher

    @themoviefanatic This is a press release from the studio, where it clearly states Transcendence shoots in April and Black Mass shoots this summer. I didn't write that. That's straight from the studio press release. Who knows when Pirates 5 will start shooting.

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  9. Sean

    @gallagher I would assume that both Transcendence and Black Mass would have to be filmed in late 2013/early 2014, because of Johnny Depp's involvement in the filming of Pirates 5 that would likely take place in mid-to-late 2014, right?

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  10. Sean

    @bawnian-dexeus I read it. But, did i miss something in the article?

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  11. justatadmatt

    @narrator essentially it comes down to a husband and wife (both scientists) trying to give a conscious to artificial intelligence and when something happens to the husband, the wife becomes devoted to continuing their work while trying to "save" her husband in the process...there's also this organization against them because they believe they are creating machines that are "too powerful", which makes their work more complicated and forces the wife to continue their work secretly in a warehouse...i know that sounds like a terrible synopsis you would read on red box, but I really don't want to spoil anything. there are a lot of larger themes between man vs. science and man vs. god, but it remains a love story throughout and how far someone is willing to go if they aren't ready to let go...

    the complexity of psychological and superhuman elements in this film explain why nolan would want to be a part of it and I think, visually, pfister is the right person to tackle this.

    ...i'm not sure how specific you wanted me to get.

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  12. the Narrator

    You got your hands on the script, @justatadmatt? Mind giving me a heads up on its subject matter? I'm definitely interested in this project.

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  13. justatadmatt

    After reading the script for Transcendence, I'm very interested to see what Pfister does with it...

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  14. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Someone doesn't know how to read

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  15. the Narrator

    Hmmm. I'm interested to see what Levinson can deliver. I enjoyed Rain Man and Good Morning Vietnam, but it's been a while since he's had an authentic "hit" on his hands. As for Depp, I'm just glad to see him branching out of wacky roles. I'm especially looking forward to Pfister's directional debut.

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