First Official Behind the Scenes Image from The Wachowskis’ CLOUD ATLAS

     December 21, 2011


The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer are currently working on an adaptation of Cloud Atlas starring Halle Barry, Hugh Grant, Tom Hanks, Susan Sarandon, Hugo Weaving, Ben Whishaw, James D’Arcy, and Jim Sturgess.  As someone who has not read the David Mitchell‘s book, it sounds very exciting.  Mitchell tells six stories that span multiple continents and centuries.  All the actors all playing multiple roles.  The Wachowskis are directing one unit, Tykwer is directing a second unit in parallel.  It’s all very ambitious stuff, and I am glad the Wachowskis still have the power to get this made after Speed Racer flopped.

The first official image from production on Cloud Atlas has surfaced.  I do not understand what’s going on within, but it has readers of the book excited.  Hit the jump to check it out.

Empire includes an explanation of the props with the image:

If you know the book, you’ll also recognise props from the six interlinking tales. We’ve spotted the VW Beetle of crusading journo Luisa Rey (Berry), the ’70s thriller that should inject serious voltage into the film’s middle act (if you really know the book, you’ll spot that it’s drab green not rust orange).

Also on display are a pair of Chatham Island totems, a piano belonging to the composer of the ‘Letters from Zedelghem’ chapters, some dystopian gadgetry from near-future Korea, and a cart that we’re guessing gets used to carry post-apocalyptic veggies around Hawaii.

All Greek to me.  Guess I’ll just have to read the book before the expected late 2012 release.

That’s Tykwer, Lana Wachowski, and Andy Wachowski in the center.  Mitchell is seated in the background, surrounded by producers on the film.

Here is the synopsis for Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas:

A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan’s California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified “dinery server” on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation — the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other’s echoes down the corridor of history, and their destinies are changed in ways great and small. [Amazon]


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  • sense 11

    Lana looks a little frikier each time you see her

  • Strong Enough

    i never got why the Wachowskis disappeared like that. people counted them out after one flop. these two set the bar for action and changed the way action movies are made forever. Bullet time, slow motion every other shot. the black shades and trenchcoats. Am sure it has been done in the past but not on the level of the Matrix. I think they deserve much more respect then they get. it must be becuz they look liek weirdos or some sh*t like that

    • Jason

      Yes, it was done “at the level of the Matrix” before. Problem is, Asian films don’t get wide distribution in the West and is limited unfortunately. So ignorant mainstream audiences go to the Matrix and think they are seeing new things when they are not. It’s Yuen Wo Ping who deserves credit that he doesn’t get as he was the action choreographer on those movies and has had a career up to that point of over 3 decades in action film making.

      • rbevanx

        Nothing ignorant about the audiance for not watching most Asian films as the distribution of those films is non existant (here in Wales UK there are no independent cinema’s for starters). Not everyone can afford to have a film subscription every month and even most of them lack a back catalogue of recent small films. I also remember asking someone who I worked with why they don’t watch Asian films and she said she would rather read a book than go to a cinema to read subtitles which I thought was a fair and good reason to not to.

        The Wachowski’s I have never never understood the fuss about and their V for Vendetta script was really poor with a lot of the British language wrong in their draft and changing parts that made it’s source material really stand out.

      • Jason

        If you don’t know of something that exists, by definition you are ignorant of it.

        So yes, my comment still stands for the reasons that I and you both mentioned (i.e. limited distribution).

        “I also remember asking someone who I worked with why they don’t watch Asian films and she said she would rather read a book than go to a cinema to read subtitles which I thought was a fair and good reason to not to.”

        You clearly are quite young because that is such a cliched answer. It’s not only far from unique it’s also pretty damn bogus especially considering that Asian films are not the only ones that would require someone to read subtitles for.

      • rbevanx

        I didn’t say that my workmate did and she made it clear that it wasn’t just Asian films it was films with subtitles. I watch them if I encounter them on TV or through my Lovefilm service but they don’t come out in the cinema here (bollywood films do and some major ones in the cinema) she was also in her 40′s btw . But my point is that some people will not watch a subtitled version because they feel they can not watch it like a film one with their own language which is fair enough.

        I don’t care if a film is subtitled myself I’ll watch it either way if it’s something I fancy but a lot of people I know don’t see the point in watching a subbed film as they can’t enjoy it like I can. They just feel they can’t engross in the film and I think some films I have had to turn the dubbed version on to enjoy them, one of them being Run Lola Run on top of my head as it’s a fast paced film.

  • Strong Enough

    I never got why the Wachowskis got shunned after one flop. they changed action movies forever with The matrix. they deserve more credit then they get. It must be cause their weirdos

  • excpired

    I’m calling them the Wachowski Brothers! Because thats what they are, brothers. Ya’ll crazy people.

    Also, feee? Cloud Atlas.. way overrated, silly republicans.

  • seen

    Enough with the Transphobic comments. People need to be educated.

  • Rick Roll

    Bound is still their best movie.

  • aaronsullivan

    Speed Racer was awesome. This film looks as insane but in a completely different way. Will be keeping track.

    The success of Matrix was not just because it borrowed from Hong Kong action movies and other Asian influences. It was an amalgamation of many influences and a movie that challenged people’s ability to understand it. Just saying.

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  • Miles Bennett Dyson

    Bound was brilliant, I can’t wait for this one…

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