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max314 -> The WACHOWSKI BROTHERS adapt "CLOUD ATLAS" with TYKWER (20/4/2009 10:18:32 PM)

Tom Tykwer Adapting Cloud Atlas with Wachowski Brothers

January 29, 2009
by Alex Billington

We just finished chatting with director Tom Tykwer earlier today at the press day in Los Angeles for his latest film, The International. At the end, we asked him what he had coming up next and while he said he wasn't ready to talk much about it, Tykwer did reveal that he's adapting a novel called Cloud Atlas. Here is what he said: "I'm trying to adapt a novel called Cloud Atlas, which is a novel by David Mitchell that I'm really completely excited about. And I'm sitting down with the Wachowski Brothers and trying to adapt that for a screenplay. It's very interesting." How's that for one hell of an exciting team up?

Cloud Atlas, published in 2004, is a novel comprised of six separate but loosely related narratives that weave together history, science, suspense, humor and pathos. Tykwer didn't reveal which of the six he would be focusing on, which is the next big question to be answered, because the book spans a variety of genres: "from Melvillean high-seas drama to California noir and dystopian fantasy." I'm already very curious to hear a lot more about this, especially with the Wachowskis involved as well. Before The International, Tykwer wrote all of his own scripts for his films, although we're not sure if he'll be directing this.

Given this is the very first we've heard of this, we're not sure if Tyker will be directing, or if the Wachowskis will be directing, or if they're only just collaborating on the screenplay, for someone else to direct. Whatever the case, we'll see if we can dig up some additional details and we'll keep our eyes open.


IMDB has a tentative release date set for 2011 (CLICK HERE).

Neth -> RE: The WACHOWSKI BROTHERS adapt "CLOUD ATLAS" with TYKWER (20/4/2009 11:14:50 PM)

Didn't you already post this?

max314 -> RE: The WACHOWSKI BROTHERS adapt "CLOUD ATLAS" with TYKWER (21/4/2009 8:26:22 PM)

Yes, in the news section.  But given the 2011 release date, I realised it's also a "future film".  So I put it here as well.

Didn't fuck up, did I?

Olaf -> RE: The WACHOWSKI BROTHERS adapt "CLOUD ATLAS" with TYKWER (21/4/2009 8:32:29 PM)

So many capitals!

I haven't read the books in question, but the idea sounds interesting - could be great, could be awful. Will keep an eye out for this.

max314 -> RE: The WACHOWSKI BROTHERS adapt "CLOUD ATLAS" with TYKWER (28/12/2011 4:26:07 PM)

Been away a while, so here's a backlog of updates on this particular project.

The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer seeking independent funding at Cannes (CLICK FOR IMAGE).

Cloud Atlas Author DAVID MITCHELL: Script is "deeply impressive".

"They aren't attempting merely to film the book, which is why many adaptations come to grief the novel's already there, so why spend all that effort on an audiobook with visuals?" he said via email.

"Rather, the three directors have assembled Cloud Atlas and reassembled it in a form which fingers crossed will be a glorious, epic thing. The reincarnation motif in the book is just a hinted-at linking device, but the script gives it centre stage to link the six worlds with characters, causes and effects. A novel can't do multi-role acting: a film can. The directors are playing to the strengths of their medium, just like I try to."


The cast list includes Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, Susan Sarandon and Hugh Grant.

The film's budget is said to be between $80-100 million and is a German-American co-production, including Warner Bros. pictures who will also be distributing the film in the United States. Last I heard, foreign distribution rights are still up in the air, but with the production gaining the momentum it has I don't think it will take long for the rights to be snapped up pretty soon.


That's a wrap, folks! (CLICK FOR IMAGE)

CLICK HERE for the full article.


CLICK HERE for concept art for Seoul 2144.

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