Johnny Depp's 'Transcendence' to Hit Theaters in April 2014

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"Dark Shadows" underwhelms with a $29.7 million domestic bow, tarnishing the A-lister's star power. Worse, critics mostly disliked the Tim Burton collaboration.

The directorial debut of longtime Christopher Nolan cinematographer Wally Pfister begins shooting next month in Los Angeles.

Johnny Depp's next film Transcendence will be released on April 25, 2014, Warner Bros. announced Friday.

The film marks the directorial debut of cinematographer Wally Pfister. Alcon Entertainment, which has an output deal with Warners, is financing and producing Transcendence.

Plot details have been closely guarded, but sources describe the film as in the vein of 2001: A Space Odyssey and Inception. Depp stars as a man who creates a computer that develops a malevolent awareness.

Principal photography is set to begin in April in Los Angeles. 

Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas and Aaron Ryder are serving as executive producers. Pfister is Nolan's longtime DP.

Paul Bettany, who teamed with Depp in The Tourist, is in negotiations to join the project.