The team of Larry/Lana and Andy Wachowski have been remarkably quiet in recent years, not having written or directed a film since 2008’s criminally underrated “Speed Racer.” But in about a month, the two will join forces with co-writer and co-director Tom Tykwer to embark on one of their most ambitious films to date: An adaptation of “Cloud Atlas.”
Based on the generation spanning epic novel by David Mitchell, “Cloud Atlas” has an all-star cast including Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, Susan Sarandon and others. The book features six distinct storylines in different locations and eras, and according to The Hollywood Reporter it “stretches from 19th century Australia to a post-apocalyptic Hawaii.”
Most of the film, however, will be shot at Germany’s Studio Babelsberg (where Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis” was filmed) and nearby Berlin, as castmembers take on multiple roles in “Cloud Atlas'” different storylines. There’s no confirmation on this, but The Hollywood Reporter predicts that Tykwer, best known for “Run, Lola, Run” and “The International”, will handle the film’s past timelines, while the Wachowskis take charge of the more science fiction based plots.