Pre-production secrecy is nothing new to Christopher Nolan, whose opaqueness about his upcoming projects is so legendary that even Nolan whisperer Geoff Boucher had to use some cleverness to get behind it.
So it's no surprise that Wally Pfister, Nolan's acolyte and longtime cinematographer, would shroud his own directorial debut in layers of mystery. Until Wednesday, we didn't know the plot, title, stars or much else about the film, except that Pfister was making it. Maybe. What does making a film mean, anyway?
As of Wednesday, we know the title ("Transcendence) and one of the stars (Johnny Depp, a choice that lit up the blogosphere with the question of whether this was a good or bad move in what is an increasingly odd career trajectory).
We still don't know much else. I've learned the film will shoot in Los Angeles (a shift from potential East Coast locales, owing to new plot elements) when cameras begin rolling in the winter. There are also a total of three leads, which means that those wishing for Christian Bale, who has apparently been in Pfister's sights, can still hold out hope.