When Wally Pfister won an Oscar for Inception, his sixth film with Christopher Nolan, he went home and put the statuette on his mantel. "And then it moved to the corner, and then my office, and then the closet because you go away for a few months, and then it never comes out of the closet," Pfister laughs. "So it's like, 'All right, well, I got this. And there's other things I want to do.'"
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Like direct his first film, Transcendence, starring Johnny Depp as Dr. Will Caster, an artificial intelligence expert who stays "alive" by uploading his brain into a computer network with the power to rule the world, leaving his wife (Rebecca Hall) to convince violent hacktivists that he's benevolent, not a handsome HAL 2.0. Transcendence opens with a flash-forward to the collapse of the internet, making it a cyber-psychological apocalyptic romance, or, as Pfister describes it, "a big, gargantuan project that I was concerned about taking on, but fuck it -- go big or go home."
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