The benefit of having Christopher Nolan as your executive producer is gets like this.
Johnny Depp will star in Transcendence, the directorial-debut of Nolan's cinematographer Wally Pfister. THR had more details than we're used to from the typically-secretive nature of Nolan productions:
"Plot details have been closely guarded, but sources say the film is described as in the vein of 2001: A Space Odyssey and Inception.
The story centers on a man who creates a computer that develops a malevolent awareness. Depp will play a husband who gets sucked into the computer, contigent on changes Pfister is making to the script, sources say."
Pfister wasn't exaggerating calling it a "fairly big concept" to the Herald Tribune.
Since Jerry Bruckheimer, Gore Verbinski and Tim Burton aren't within distance, perhaps Depp will get motivated out of his rut. Obviously too soon to know how he’ll transition to calling the shots from rocking those IMAX cameras, but Pfister doesn't strike as one to let Depp phone it in with his "colorful weirdo" crap.