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Warner Bros. Bringing Epic 'Cloud Atlas' to US Theaters October 26

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood June 20, 2012 at 1:29PM

Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, and Andy Wachowski's "Cloud Atlas" will land in US theaters October 26. Warner Bros. acquired the US, UK, France, Spain, Australia and Japan rights to the 2 hour and 44-minute film after the studio budgeted it at an unaffordable $170 million and passed on it...
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Keith David and Halle Berry shooting "Cloud Atlas"
Courtesy of Pacific Cost News Keith David and Halle Berry shooting "Cloud Atlas"

Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski and Andy Wachowski's "Cloud Atlas" will land in US theaters October 26. Warner Bros. acquired the US, UK, France, Spain, Australia and Japan rights to the 2 hour and 44-minute film after the studio budgeted it at an unaffordable $170 million and passed on it. The Wachowksi's and Tykwer then raised the money overseas and shot it for $101 million. Here's more from our Cannes market report, where the film was screened for buyers.

"Cloud Atlas," adapted by the Wachowskis and Tykwer from David Mitchell's multi-period novel, stars Tom Hanks (who worked at a discounted rate and gave up his usual back end), Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Ben Whishaw, James D'Arcy, Doona Bae, Zhou Xun and Keith David, with Susan Sarandon and Hugh Grant. The actors play multiple roles as the stories progress through time.

Warner's Dan Fellman states, “Audiences who have seen an early screening of ‘Cloud Atlas’ have been elated by its powerful and inspiring story, as well as its breathtaking visuals. An October release in North America is the perfect window to showcase this epic film.” It's also perfect timing to kick off an Oscar campaign.

From The New Yorker's description of the novel:

Mitchell's virtuosic novel presents six narratives that evoke an array of genres, from Melvillean high-seas drama to California noir and dystopian fantasy. There is a naïve clerk on a nineteenth-century Polynesian voyage; an aspiring composer who insinuates himself into the home of a syphilitic genius; a journalist investigating a nuclear plant; a publisher with a dangerous best-seller on his hands; and a cloned human being created for slave labor. These five stories are bisected and arranged around a sixth, the oral history of a post-apocalyptic island, which forms the heart of the novel. Only after this do the second halves of the stories fall into place, pulling the novel's themes into focus: the ease with which one group enslaves another, and the constant rewriting of the past by those who control the present. Against such forces, Mitchell's characters reveal a quiet tenacity. When the clerk is told that his life amounts to "no more than one drop in a limitless ocean," he asks, "Yet what is any ocean but a multitude of drops?"
 

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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.