May 20, 2012
Cloud Atlas has been a very long process for the Wakowski brothers. Since it’s wrap late last year, the film still remains very mysterious, and has not been previewed what so ever by Warner Brothers despite the impressive line up of stars. With their next sci-fi film Jupiter Ascending set to take off soon enough, it seems that Cloud Atlas is destined to hit by the end of the year. Now with Cannes very much underway, it seems the upcoming feature not only receives a release date but a running time as well.
TOH reports that Cloud Atlas will finally be released “stateside on December 6th”, though a December 7th release is the most likliest, and it’s clocking in at a total time 2 hrs and 44 mins. The lengthy run time comes as no shock considering the film is based on a novel well over 500 pages. Not only is the book long, but David Mitchell’s award winning novel also spans different time periods and locations so it’s a good thing most of the story can be adapting properly without a lot of time constraints.
Previously, the film was rumored to stand at nearly 4 hours in length, but that hasn’t really been confirmed since then. The film was screened at Cannes for multiple people, which coincides with reports that Cloud Atlas had a test screening in London early last week.
The movie features a large cast of A-listers that are hopefully up to the task of completing a fairly long film. Most movies based on novels seem to clock in well over 2 hours of time. Recent box office smash The Hunger Games was also based off of a successful book series with the adaptation running well over two hours, while more notably The Lord of The Ringstrilogy were all over 3 hours long. Both franchises were able to become successful films with long run times, despite some other movies falling into some criticism because people thought the story wasn’t as strong because it was just too much at once. Hopefully Cloud Atlas will join the ranks of both adaptations considering the award winning production team and stellar cast.
And honestly, Cloud Atlas could join award winners as well. The December 7th release puts it in the prime of Oscar season, and the Academy isn’t exactly one to neglect fantasy elements. All three Lord of the Rings outings were nominated for Best Picture, with the final film of the trilogy actually bringing home the gold. The Wachowski siblings aren’t exactly alienated to the Oscars, as The Matrix was nominated and won four technical awards the year following its release. Whether or not it actually follows through remains to be certain.
Starring Tom Hanks, Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent and Jim Sturgess, Cloud Atlas was directed and scripted by the Wachowskis & Tom Tykwer.