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Portman Confirms Wachowskis & Tykwer Co-Directing 'Cloud Atlas'

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January 5, 2011
Source: The Playlist

Halle Berry / Cloud Atlas / Natalie Portman

This isn't really news, but it does confirm what we suspected all along - in addition to their Cobalt Neural 9 project, the Wachowskis have another project set to start this summer called Cloud Atlas, an ambitious adaptation of David Mitchell's acclaimed novel. It was first revealed that the Wachowskis were only writing and producing and that German filmmaker Tom Tykwer (of Run Lola Run, Perfume, The International) would be directing. However, since gaining a cast of Halle Berry, Natalie Portman and Tom Hanks, it looks like the Wachowskis will co-direct segments of the film with Tykwer, potentially like an anthology movie.

The confirmation was made by Natalie Portman in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly that The Playlist has quoted it online for our info. "I don't know what's going on with financing," Portman said. "I read it while doing [The Wachowski produced] V for Vendetta and I gave it to the Wachowskis and to Tom Tykwer (he shot a Paris Je Taime short with her around the time). Now they're directing it together, the three of them. I will have some acting role in it if it happens, but probably nothing major." Very intriguing indeed. So it seems like the Wachowskis are taking this on as an ambitious anthology-like epic adaptation.

David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas features six main characters, and spans thousands of years and several genres. It's comprised of six separate but loosely related narratives that weave together history, science, suspense, humor and pathos. The book spans a variety of genres: "from Melvillean high-seas drama to California noir and dystopian fantasy." Late last year, Halle Berry was the first to mention that she was probably going to shoot Cloud Atlas this summer with the Wachowskis and that it would "stretch our brains even further." This, to me, is the movie that I'm most looking forward to seeing the Wachowski siblings tackle next. You?

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  • hmm teh book any good? =D
    • boriskat
      The book was, in a word, AMAZING. I just don't see how on earth they'll make a movie out of it.
  • Jon A.
    This has potential, but it is easier for the flick to be an epic disaster.
  • Chjapa
    Great book, will be tough to do right on film.

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