BEIJING -- “Transcendence,” the upcoming
DMG said Thursday it had partnered with
The two companies will also collaborate on a planned remake of the 1991 film “Point Break,” which starred
“Transcendence,” like many of Nolan’s movies, has been shrouded in secrecy; the cast includes Morgan Freeman, Paul Bettany,
At a news conference Thursday in Beijing, DMG representatives sought to whet the appetite of Chinese reporters without giving away much about the film.
A version of a script leaked about six months ago indicated that the plot revolves around a group of scientists trying to build the world's first self-aware supercomputer; Depp uploads the contents of his brain to a supercomputer but then is slain.
DMG founder Dan Mintz said the core of the plot is the notion of immortality, but there's also a strong love story as well.
"Without giving away too much, 'Transcendence' is about that moment when human consciousness and the insanely fast rise of computing power collide," Mintz said. "It pulls from the idea of singularity to tell a truly meaningful story that is more 'science reality' than science fiction. This is something that is likely to happen in our lifetimes and that makes it a story everyone can get into."
DMG spokesman Mike Chambers said there were no plans to film extra footage in China that would be included only for the release there, as was done with "Looper" and "Iron Man 3." So far in 2013, "Iron Man 3" is the second-highest grossing film in China.
A 30-second "behind the scenes" video from the "Transcendence" set revealed nothing specific about the movie, though Hall gave a shout out to Chinese fans and said she was looking forward to visiting the country.
Wu Bing of DMG did relate that she had visited the set and said Depp had befriended two homeless men he encountered on location, sharing food from craft services and even getting them parts as extras.
DMG invited Ben Goertzel, a Hong Kong-based artificial intelligence researcher, to address the assembled throng of Chinese journalists, though Goertzel apparently has no direct connection to the production and has not read the script.
"The scientific work depicted in 'Transcendence' touches two of humanity's long sought-after aspirations: the desire to breathe life into inanimate objects, and the desire to achieve human immortality," Goertzel said.