Cloud Atlas, the movie adaptation of David Mitchell’s novel which is being directed by The Wachowskis (The Matrix) and Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run), has received a lot of praise over recent month, but so far we’ve only seen one image and some concept art (above).
Tom Hanks said it is “going to be a beast”, Hugh Grant called it a “strange, ambitious film”, and UK distributor Victor Loewy described it as “phantasmagorical” and “unlike anything I’ve seen in 40 years”. Now director James McTeigue (The Raven) has offered his thoughts on the project.
In an interview with IFC McTeigue, who previously worked with The Wachowskis on V for Vendetta and Ninja Assassin, revealed that he has already been shown parts of the movie and echoed previous statements by declaring “it’s like no other movie you have ever seen, which is the highest compliment I can pay it”.
McTeigue went on to say he expects to work with the Wachowskis again in the future, but it won’t be any time soon as he’s currently preparing Message from the King and they’re working on the sci-fi film Jupiter Ascending which may star Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis.
Cloud Atlas is set for release late-2012 and 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. Most of the cast will be playing multiple characters throughout the six stories, and they’ll also be swapping race and gender.