It has been thirteen years since the Wachowski Brothers gave us their legendary, classic and stunning debut film, The Matrix. The genre defining film lead to two sequels, computer games, animation and opened up a whole new world of sci-fi. The film was intelligent and to this day remains one of the best sci-fi films of all time. Sadly the sequels didn’t manage to continue to brilliance, and yes they do make for great viewing, but do not compare to the original film. Sadly things continued downhill for the Wachowski’s as Speed Racer (2008) was a disaster. Personally, yes the film was a bit rubbish, but there was something about the sheer amount if ideas and energy that made it hard to dislike.
Thankfully, the brothers are back in a big way. Jupiter Ascending, featuring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, is now in pre-production and early word is that it is going to be something very special indeed. However, before that, we have a truly epic sci-fi film called Cloud Atlas. The mega huge story follows six different stories, in six different time zones (past, present, future, distant future, far far away future) and charts how each one affects the next. It sounds incredibly involved, intelligent and has a terrific cast to boot. A recent press release has all the details you need, and the film has been granted a US release date of 26th October:
WARNER BROS. PICTURES SETS OCTOBER 26, 2012 FOR DOMESTIC RELEASE OF “CLOUD ATLAS”
STUDIO ALSO ACQUIRES DISTRIBUTION RIGHTS FOR MAJOR INTERNATIONAL MARKETS
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 stated, “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” explores 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.”
Based 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.
By Matt Wavish