There’s been a lot on interest recently in the fact Hollywood has been trying to find ways to make more money in China. It’s now the second biggest market in the world but presents particular difficulties due to limits on the number of foreign movies that are allowed to be released (and severe limits on how much studios can make from those releases).
The LA Times has been looking at how Wally Pfister’s directorial debut, Transcendence, has been working in China, and has also managed to get some Chinese funding, which may allow it to be classed as a Chinese co-production (and therefore potentially a lot more profitable in that country).
It’s also allowed us to get our first look at the Johnny Depp movie with a behind-the-scenes image (above), as well as a features and Chinese teaser poster. The Chris Nolan produced film is shrouded in mystery, but in the article, producer Dan Mintz says, “Without giving away too much, Transcendence is about that moment when human consciousness and the insanely fast rise of computing power collide. 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.”
Morgan Freeman, Rebecca Hall, Cillian Murphy, Clifton Collins Jr., Kate Mara, and Paul Bettany co-star. It’s due to hit cinemas April 2014.