Watch: Andy, Lana Wachowski & Tom Tykwer Introduce 'Cloud Atlas'

July 26, 2012
Source: Apple

Cloud Atlas Video

"Why keep genres separated?" To follow-up the phenomenal trailer debut this morning, Warner Bros added a featurette for Cloud Atlas on Apple, featuring its three directors—Andy & Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer—talking about the project, their ambitions, the concept behind it, and "how this happened". It starts out rather jokey, but gets better. In the many years I've been running this site, this is the first time I have ever seen the Wachowskis do anywhere near this much public speaking about any of their projects. That said, it is cool to see, especially considering how insanely spectacular that trailer looks. Watch below!

Watch the first introductory featurette on for the Wachowskis & Tom Tykwer's Cloud Atlas, via Apple:

Cloud Atlas is the ambitious adaptation of David Mitchell's novel, co-written/directed by Andy and Lana Wachowski (Bound, The Matrix, Speed Racer) and Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run, The International), that features six century-spanning storylines, all using the same actors playing characters across time and space. The film explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future. Action, mystery and romance weave dramatically through the story as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero and a single act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution in the distant future. Warner Bros has Cloud Atlas set for release on October 26th. Trailer here.

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  • racquetman
    That chick's a dude!! Sorry, couldn't help myself. I haven't read the book, so I'm not sure what to expect from the story. What I expect from the movie is an unsatisfied (to what degree is the question) feeling as I walk out of the theater. That's what invariably happens with films of this complexity. I also expect the audience to be heavily split, with some hating it and some loving it and not too many being indifferent. Aronofsky's The Fountain comes to mind. That movie seems to be very similar in concept to Cloud Atlas (not sure which came first). If someone can think of a movie with this type of massive scope being pulled off near perfectly, please let me know what it is.
    • DK
  • McWetty
    I applaud them for this. One of the most annoying things about being a Matrix fan was the lack of insight from the Wachowskis. It's good to see them speaking about one of their films.
    • Great comment, thanks for writing this. And I agree.
    • racquetman
      I agree about the Matrix comment, but I'm not sure what that has to do with this. This is based on a book, so it's not like we're dealing with original material. They mentioned that they wouldn't have gone forward with this if the author didn't sign off on it. Obviously then they are presenting his vision and not their own.
      • McWetty
        They are infamously afraid of the press and haven't spoken publicly about their movies since Assassins was abused by critics, so seeing them overcome that fear is a very positive thing.
  • editboy
    W - E - I - R - D - ! And I'm not just talking about Lana.
  • As I'd been seeing pics from the film for some time, I'd always thought Lana was a character in it, did she come from the future?
    • Larry=Lana. Happened a while ago now dude. Love the way the whole things turning out...should be awesome.
  • StilesStilinski
    Is it just me or does Lana seem like a very cool bitch.....I thought she was way different and out their....love htis group of genius....cant wait for the film....
  • rocky728
    Big fan of the Wachowskis. I don't care about their personal lives or gender, they're still some of the few film makers that take chances and actually innovate. Not to mention that I'm a fan of this book. Anyway I'll always give them a chance because of their history and even now I'm already looking forward to Jupiter Rising and see what they come up mwith.
  • Sad. They start out by saying they wanted to make a movie like the ones that got them into film making and ended by saying it departs from everything that movies are known for. Trailer looks way too complicated; like a high budget experiment in movie making. Movie making is a craft not a science experiment. WB please spread that money over less well known film makers who know how to push the envelope without pushing the budget. http://xkcd.com/566/
  • LightningB
    Sorry I still believe they have been a 1-trick pony up to this point. The Matrix was one of the best pieces of cinema I have ever seen but everything else (inluding The Matrix sequels) has been mediocre at best. Everything. Here's hoping Cloud Atlas puts another high mark on their resume.
    • Speed Racer was good, I dunno why everyone hated it.
      • because Speed Racer was NOT good, its was really really bad.
        • I disagree Jake, but I kind of know why people disliked it.
  • Alleycat
    I will never get used to Larry being Lana especially with that voice
  • BBS
    This was very awkward.




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