Following some positive test screenings last month, Warner Bros. had set a US release date for Cloud Atlas, the movie adaptation of David Mitchell’s novel directed by The Wachowskis (The Matrix) and Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run).
The film will open in the US on October 26, 2012, and in a sign of confidence, the studio has also purchased distribution rights for territories such as the UK, France, Spain, Australia and Japan, for an early 2013 release.
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.
Here’s the official synopsis:
“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.”
I guess this means the marketing will finally ramp up over the upcoming months (once they work out how to sell the thing). Hopefully a trailer isn’t far off, as this is one of my most anticipated movies this year.