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IN THE WORKS: Genre-Bending 'Cloud Atlas' Adaptation Shows Future Seoul

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood December 28, 2011 at 4:43AM

It looks like David Mitchell's ambitious, narrative-jumping, multi-era novel "Cloud Atlas" has sparked some equally experimental concept art for its film adaptation.
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Cloud Atlas

It looks like David Mitchell's ambitious, narrative-jumping, multi-era novel "Cloud Atlas" has sparked some equally experimental concept art for its film adaptation.  TwitchFilm released the initial art for the film, which shows the Seoul of the future, the site of one of many interweaving narratives in "Cloud Atlas."

While it may push the edge of narrative form, the film features a safe roster of stars including Tom Hanks, Hugh Grant, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, and Susan Sarandon. (Hanks was filming "Cloud Atlas" in Europe during most of the promo duties on "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.") German director Tom Tykwer ("Run Lola Run") adapted the novel, and Andy and Lana Wachowski ("Matrix" trilogy)  are co-writing and co-directing the project.

For the first image of the film, the Playlist showed the publicity-shy Wachowskis posing with the author, as well as a strange assortment of ephemera, including a hover craft and a grand piano. Hopefully all of this will make some sense after the film is released in theaters on October 26, 2012.

This article is related to: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, IN THE WORKS, Sci-fi, Books


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.