Johnny Depp's 'Transcendence' to Open on Same Day in U.S., China (Exclusive)

The artificial intelligence thriller, produced by Alcon and Beijing-based DMG, will open simultaneously in the world's two largest film markets on April 18 but will only be shown in 3D in China.

Upcoming Johnny Depp-starring sci-fi thriller Transcendence will open in China as a day-and-date release with the United States on April 18 -- and China will be the only territory where the film will be screened in 3D, the Beijing-based studio DMG, co-producers of the film with Alcon Entertainment, Straight Up Films and Warner Bros., told The Hollywood Reporter.

The movie will show in 2D, 3D, Imax and Dmax on an as-yet-unspecified number of screens in the world's No. 2 movie market.

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The simultaneous release in China is a significant coup for the producers and distributors, since Hollywood imports to the territory are often hurt by delayed scheduling. Marvel Disney's Iron Man 3, also a co-production with DMG, opened in China in advance of North America in 2013 -- it became the highest grossing Hollywood film of the year in China with $125 million.

Depp is slated to arrive in Beijing on March 31 for a two-day press blitz. His visit is being arranged by DMG.

DMG also is distributing the film in China and handling its local marketing. Transcendence stars Depp as a terminally ill scientist who downloads his mind into a computer, gaining powers beyond his wildest dreams.

The film is said to explore the perhaps not-too-distant moment when computer intelligence surpasses the power of the human mind. It co-stars Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman, Kate Mara and Paul Bettany