CLOUD ATLAS Opens Domestically on October 26th, 2012; International Release in Early 2013

     June 19, 2012


Cloud Atlas, the first movie to be released by the Wachowski Siblings since 2008′s Speed Racer, now has an official domestic release date of October 26th, 2012.  The movie will open to international territories in early 2013.  The story, adapted from David Mitchell’s best-selling book by the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run), explores how a person’s actions impact lives across time and space.  Cloud Atlas stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, Jim Broadbent, Susan Sarandon and Hugh Grant. Hit the jump to read the press release.

Here’s the press release for Warner Bros. Cloud Atlas:



Oscar® winners Tom Hanks and Halle Berry Lead an International All-Star Cast

BURBANK, CA, June 19, 2012 – Warner Bros. Pictures has officially slated the epic “Cloud Atlas,” from acclaimed filmmakers Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, and Andy Wachowski, for domestic release on October 26, 2012.  In addition, the Studio has acquired rights for the film in the major markets of the UK, France, Spain, Australia, and Japan, with plans to release it in those territories in early 2013.  The joint announcement was made today by Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President of International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

Fellman cloud-atlas-concept-art-seoul-2144stated, “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.”

Kwan Vandenberg said, “We are proud to be distributing this remarkable motion picture in a number of key markets.  We look forward to working with these visionary filmmakers and the other international distribution partners to bring ‘Cloud Atlas’ to moviegoers around the world.”

Academy Award® winners Tom Hanks (“Philadelphia,” “Forrest Gump”) and Halle Berry (“Monster’s Ball”) lead a stellar international cast that includes Oscar® winner Jim Broadbent (“Iris”), Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw, James D’Arcy, Zhou Xun and Keith David, with Oscar® winner Susan Sarandon (“Dead Man Walking”) and Hugh Grant.  Each member of the ensemble appears in multiple roles as the stories move through time.

“Cloud Atlas” cloud-atlas-image-bae-donnaexplores 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.

The film is written for the screen and directed by Lana Wachowski & Tom Tykwer & Andy Wachowski.  The Wachowskis previously teamed as writers/directors of the groundbreaking “Matrix” trilogy, which earned more than $1.6 billion, combined, at the worldwide box office.  Tom Tykwer won an Independent Spirit Award and earned a BAFTA Award nomination as the director/writer of “Run Lola Run,” and more recently directed the award-winning thriller “Perfume: The Story of a Murderer.”

cloud-atlas-book-coverBased on the celebrated best-selling novel by David Mitchell, “Cloud Atlas” is produced by two-time Oscar® nominee Grant Hill (“The Thin Red Line,” “The Tree of Life”), three-time BAFTA Award nominee Stefan Arndt (“The White Ribbon,” “Goodbye Lenin!,” “Run Lola Run”), Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, and Andy Wachowski.  Philip Lee, Uwe Schott and Wilson Qiu serve as executive producers, with Peter Lam, Tony Teo and Alexander van Duelmen co-producing, and Gigi Oeri as associate producer.

“Cloud Atlas” will be released in Germany, Austria and German-speaking Switzerland by X-Filme-Verleih; in China by Dreams of the Dragon Pictures; in Hong Kong by Media Asia Group; in Singapore and Malaysia by Ascension Pictures; in Korea by Bloomage Company; in Taiwan by Long Shong Group; in Russia and Eastern Europe by A Company; and in other territories through Focus Features International.


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  • Cpt. Hindsight

    So still no trailer, pics of main actors, set visits, anything besides the one pic of the chick and concept art? How do they expect to make the budget back without any sufficient hype leading up to it? October isn’t that far away. Especially seeing how its an out there story and only gonna appeal to a smaller number of viewers. Also enough with calling them the Wachowski Siblings. That sounds sooooo stupid. What’s wrong with The Wachowski’s?

  • Cpt. Hindsight

    I hate commenting on this site cause half the time it won’t post. I just wrote a long paragraph and it didn’t go through. No watch this will.

  • Cpt. Hindsight

    Ugh…see! Short version…no trailer, no pics of actors, it needs hype and no marketing so far. October not that far away. Quit calling them Wachowski Siblings. Sounds stupid saying that out loud. What’s wrong with Wachowski’s?

    • Corin Prendiville

      I dont understand the morons on here who wont see a movie if it isn’t “hyped” so in otherwords you want people to make up a bunch of BS and feed propaganda to you so you’ll go see a movie you wouldn’t like anyways?

      Why not just figure out if the movie looks good to you then go see it, do you really need 5 months of hearing about a movie to decide its something you want to see? If I saw a trailer for a film 1 week before it released and I liked it I would go see it.

      As long as they do market it eventually who cares, and besides worry less about whether they’ll have a good marketing strategy and more about whether the film will actually be good.

  • Curbcooler

    What the hell are they doing. October is a terrible date for a movie like. A 3 hour special effects blockbuster for Halloween?! No promotion, trailers, hype, etc. has the WB gone mad?

  • Anon

    woww bad signs already lol this is gonna be another huge flop for these guys

  • BrandonHeat07

    Bad idea to open internationally in 2013. The way things are nowadays with the internet, spoilers will force people to download the film or something for sure… Nobody’s going to wait +3 months to watch the film. Don’t let it happen and just release it world wide in October/November! C’mon!!

  • tarek

    Before The Matrix, nobody knew The Wachowski. After The Matrix, Nobody cares of them.

    Speed Racer was a visual torture. Which makes me think that maybe someone did the job for them for The Matrix ?

    • Corin Prendiville

      With Speed Racer they were trying to capture the animated feeling of the cartoon while bringing it to live-action. I don’t think they fully succeeded and the movie suffered from some fatal script-flaws, but the cartoon itself was never a very well written series either. If anything they failed in that film because they didn’t make it their own like they did previous works. I don’t think this reflects on their ability to craft good work.

      Also they did write V for Vendetta, a fairly successful sci-fi adaptation of a graphic novel.

      • tarek

        I am not familiar with the Speed Racer universe Corin, but when I start fast forwarding a movie every 5 min. , it is not a good sign generally.

        Let’s talk about the Matrix Sequels. Awful! How can we explain that a wonderful movie like The Matrix could be followed by those two soulless piece of s*t ? Here started my doubts about the Wachowskis.

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  • madcnut

    I can’t wait for this.

    Hopefully the film is awesome enough on it’s own merits to get through with out a ridiculous advertising campaign.

    If not, oh well. Campaigns aren’t always going to work, especially with this kind of material – you can spend all that cash but if you’re adapting a property that isn’t completely mainstream, time has shown an audience isn’t just going to show up due to a saturation of trailers and images and story details.

    I wish more studios showed some reservation when deciding what we do and don’t see leading up to it.

  • schebobo

    I think its ‘Larry’ Wachowski not Lana Wachowski. Plus agree with most of the comments, no hype at all spells disaster for this movie.

    • Booger Sugar

      No, he goes by Lana now. I believe he’s getting ready to have a sex change. No joke.

  • Yahzee

    The press release refers to them as The Wachowskis. That ‘siblings” BS is onlly a way to make fun of them by Collider… the Matt Goldberg’s virus is spreading fast….

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