Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Here's Idris Elba's Response to Commentary That He's "Too Street" to Play James Bond Here's Idris Elba's Response to Commentary That He's "Too Street" to Play James Bond Carl Franklin Is Casting an Actor for His Tupac Bio (No Marcc Rose from 'Straight Outta Compton'?) Carl Franklin Is Casting an Actor for His Tupac Bio (No Marcc Rose from 'Straight Outta Compton'?) 'Dope' Is Heading Back to Theaters for a Second Run (Awards Season Contention, Perhaps?) 'Dope' Is Heading Back to Theaters for a Second Run (Awards Season Contention, Perhaps?) BET Launches Original Series “THE BET LIFE OF…” - Will Look at Musical Careers of Beyonce, Chris Brown, Janet Jackson, Nicki Minaj & Trey Songz BET Launches Original Series “THE BET LIFE OF…” - Will Look at Musical Careers of Beyonce, Chris Brown, Janet Jackson, Nicki Minaj & Trey Songz Trailer for Season 2 of 'Z Nation' (Kellita Smith Is Fierce on the Show!) Trailer for Season 2 of 'Z Nation' (Kellita Smith Is Fierce on the Show!) Will Smith Puts on His "Nigerian Accent" in First Trailer for NFL Drama 'Concussion' Will Smith Puts on His "Nigerian Accent" in First Trailer for NFL Drama 'Concussion' This "Faith-Based" Drama Is Giving 'Straight Outta Compton' a Run for Its Money This Weekend... This "Faith-Based" Drama Is Giving 'Straight Outta Compton' a Run for Its Money This Weekend... BET and TV One Will Go Head-to-Head Tonight With Original Movies Airing at the Exact Same Time BET and TV One Will Go Head-to-Head Tonight With Original Movies Airing at the Exact Same Time Lee Daniels' Richard Pryor Biopic Is Officially Ready to Go (Mike Epps, Eddie Murphy, Oprah Winfrey, Kate Hudson) Lee Daniels' Richard Pryor Biopic Is Officially Ready to Go (Mike Epps, Eddie Murphy, Oprah Winfrey, Kate Hudson) At Least 2 More Superhero Movies Are in Viola Davis' Future... At Least 2 More Superhero Movies Are in Viola Davis' Future... Watch 5 Clips from Regina King's Feature Directorial Debut 'Let The Church Say Amen' Starring Naturi Naughton Watch 5 Clips from Regina King's Feature Directorial Debut 'Let The Church Say Amen' Starring Naturi Naughton Righting a Past Wrong? Academy to Present Spike Lee with Honorary Oscar Righting a Past Wrong? Academy to Present Spike Lee with Honorary Oscar African-American Female Team Produce Indie Horror Film ‘The Dark Rite’ African-American Female Team Produce Indie Horror Film ‘The Dark Rite’ Viola Davis Says She Will Star in a Film Adaptation of 'Fences' Directed by Denzel Washington Viola Davis Says She Will Star in a Film Adaptation of 'Fences' Directed by Denzel Washington "This Is a Relationship" - Watch Michael Ealy Frighten Sanaa Lathan in Tense First Clip From 'The Perfect Guy' "This Is a Relationship" - Watch Michael Ealy Frighten Sanaa Lathan in Tense First Clip From 'The Perfect Guy' Vin Diesel Says He's Returning for a 'xXx' Threequel - Filming to Start in December Vin Diesel Says He's Returning for a 'xXx' Threequel - Filming to Start in December Updates on Steve McQueen's "Epic" Series Centered on a Black Community in London, Over 3 Decades Updates on Steve McQueen's "Epic" Series Centered on a Black Community in London, Over 3 Decades Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Buzzfeed Investigates Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Buzzfeed Investigates Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie...

"Cloud Atlas" Screens For Buyers At Cannes + Gets December Release Date + Pics

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act May 17, 2012 at 6:31PM

"Cloud Atlas" Screens For Buyers At Cannes + Gets December Release Date + Pics
3
Halle Cloud

A film Halle Berry is in that I can say I'm actually REALLY looking forward to seeing! It seems like it's been quite awhile since I've said those words.

Of course I'm referring to the $100+ million big screen adaptation of David Mitchell's labyrinthine tome Cloud Atlas, which is being written and co-directed by Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run), and The Wachowskis, with Halle Berry,Tom HanksHugo Weaving, Keith David,Susan SarandonBen WhishawJim Broadbent, David Gyasi and several others in a variety of roles.

The story, as already detailed previously, "weaves history, science, suspense, humor and pathos through six separate but loosely related narratives"… and… "Each of the narratives is set in a different time and place"… "from Melvillean high-seas drama to California noir and dystopian fantasy"… "each is written in a different prose style, each is broken off mid-action and brought to conclusion in the second half of the book"…

We haven't had much to report on this in a few months, and with the Cannes Film Festival/Market in full swing, I figured we'd hear something soon enough.

Lots of chatter around the project including word from indieWIRE's own Anne Thompson, who's at Cannes, reporting that the film screened for international buyers, and has a total running time of 2 hours and 44 minutes which Warner Bros has approved.

Anne also reveals the WB plans to release the film Stateside on December 6th, likely in order to make it eligible for Oscar consideration. Well, well. I guess we shouldn't be surprised by that, if that is indeed the reason.

And as SlashFilm notes, a test screening of the film happened in London earlier this week, with reactions from those present being positive, with one person calling it "surprisingly good."

There is apparently another test screening of the film tonight, in Pasadena, CA. I wonder if any of our readers will be there for that. If so, email me (obensont@gmail.com)!

So we've got a nearly-3-hour mind fuck of a movie - assuming it's true to the novel. Nice! :)

It's one of the few films I can say I'm really looking forward to seeing this year.

Also worth noting is that the core group of starring actors will play multiple roles across all the different storylines, periods and locations, which might make the film even more of a challenge to watch, but a good challenge.

Above and below we've got our first look at the film, via images I posted previous, featuring Halle Berry and Keith David on set in Glasgow, Scotland a few months ago.

Halle Berry is in very good company here, and, as I've already said a number of times, most recently after posting the trailer for her shark thriller, Dark Tide, she needs a hit badly! This could very well be it, even though she won't necessarily be the main/sole attraction.


Shadow & ActNewsletter