June 22, 2011
Cloud Atlas, which will be co-directed by The Wachowskis (The Matrix) and Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) gained momentum after Warner Bros. came on-board to produce and distribute earlier this year. Tom Hanks and Halle Berry were confirmed as the leads, with Ben Whishaw, Susan Sarandon and Jim Broadbent joining in supporting roles. Hugo Weaving also joined the film, and revealed that he would in fact be playing 6 different characters.
With filming set to begin later this year in Germany details have emerged from The Guardian which suggest an October 2012 release date is likely, and Cloud Atlas author David Mitchell seems to be more than happy with the adaptation.
Here’s what he had to say:
Mitchell told the Guardian on Wednesday he had read the “deeply impressive” script nine months ago. “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.”
He said he was determined to be on set when filming starts. “Watch a line I wrote come out of the amazing Jim Broadbent’s mouth? Wild horses couldn’t keep me away.”
Asked what he thought about his creation being touted as the most expensive German film of all time, Mitchell said: “I’d be dishonest if I didn’t confess to a tinge of pride. Plus a bit of ‘blimey’ and gratitude that it’s not my job to handle the budget.”
It’s encouraging to see the author getting behind the film and acknowledging that films and books will ultimately differ. Mitchell’s backing, along with the acting talent The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer have managed to assemble, suggests the movie will be one to keep an eye on over the next year or so.
Cloud Atlas follows six storylines which range from the South Pacific in the 19th Century to California in the 1970s to a post-apocalyptic future. Each actor in the film will be playing multiple roles, and while specific roles haven’t been confirmed, Halle Berry is expected to play Meronym, a member of the last remnants of technologically-advanced civilization.