Cloud Atlas, the movie adaptation of David Mitchell’s novel directed by The Wachowskis (The Matrix) and Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run), has finally been given a release date in the US, having been eyed for a November debut in a few other countries.
The news comes from Thompson on Hollywood who say the movie will bow on an Oscar-friendly date of December 6th, and Warner Bros. has allowed a running time of 2 hours and 44 minutes despite agreeing to 2 hours and 30 minutes when they came aboard as distributor.
Cloud Atlas stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, Keith David, Jim Broadbent, Jim Sturgess, Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant and Susan Sarandon. It follows six stories ranging from the South Pacific in the 19th Century to California in the 1970s to a post-apocalyptic future, and most of the cast will be playing multiple characters throughout the six stories, swapping race and gender in the process.
A screening of the movie took place in London earlier this week, and even though those who attended will have been told to keep quiet, one guy tweeted his approval.
@empiremagazine Saw a test screening of Cloud Atlas last night – still some unfinished VFX but looked extremely promising @ 3hrs run time.
— Jon Young (@jon_young) May 15, 2012
Cloud Atlas was also screened at the Cannes Film Festival this week to potential buyers, including distributors in the UK, and another test screening is set to take place in the US today. The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer will likely be getting audience feedback so they can make some tweaks if needed.
With a release date set and test screenings under-way, we can hopefully expect to see some marketing in the near future.