However, what we have heard has never originated from the mouths of anyone officially attached to the project and so it could, at best, only be considered rumors. Luckily, Collider recently got their hands on an official synopsis for this produced project. From the looks of things, it confirms what we previously knew as well as adding even more detail. Give it a read below:
Dr. Will Caster () is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but they have also made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists who will do whatever it takes to stop him. However, in their attempt to destroy Will, they inadvertently become the catalyst for him to succeed—to be a participant in his own transcendence. For his wife Evelyn () and best friend Max Waters (), both fellow researchers, the question is not if they can…but if they should. Their worst fears are realized as Will’s thirst for knowledge evolves into a seemingly omnipresent quest for power, to what end is unknown. The only thing that is becoming terrifyingly clear is there may be no way to stop him.
When I first heard this basic premise almost a year ago, I wasn't particularly impressed. In fact, I thought it sounded rather hammy and a tad bit silly. However, something was evidently changed since then. I actually quite like this revamped synopsis. As someone who increasingly finds himself frustrated with where modern technology is heading, the central themes could be rather analagoues and contemporary.
Transcendence will be the first time Wally Pfister, who was previously best known for his cinematography work, will sit in the director's chair. With movies such as Inception and The Dark Knight Trilogy under his belt, as well as a strong working relationship with Nolan, I think we can start to get mildly optimistic about Transcendence. You'll be able to see it for yourself on April 18h, 2014.
What do you think? Does this synopsis intrigue you? Let us know below.