Earlier this year Tom Hanks, Natalie Portman and Halle Berry all signed up to star in Cloud Atlas, to be directed by Run Lola Run director Tom Tykwer. James McAvoy still has an offer on the table but Ian McKellen, who was also offered a role, may have to pass as he’ll be needed in Middle Earth.
Now new details have emerged from Vulture who say The Wachowskis, who directed The Matrix trilogy, may direct some parts of the movie as well as produce.
Here’s the synopsis of the book by David Mitchell:
The story presents six narratives that evoke an array of genres, from Melvillean high-seas drama to California noir and dystopian fantasy. There is a naive clerk on a nineteenth-century Polynesian voyage: and aspiring composer who insinuates himself to the home of a syphilitic genius: a journalist investigating a nuclear plant: a publisher with a dangerous best-seller on his hands: and a cloned human being created for slave labour. These five stories are bisected and arranged around a sixth, the oral history of a post-apocalyptic island, which forms the heart of the story.
Some have said the book is un-filmable as it spans thousands of years and over several genres, but Tykwer has been working on adapting the novel into a screenplay for over a year so he should have worked it out by now. Vulture says The Wachowskis are currently looking for a studio to provide the budget which stands at around $80-$100 million, but with big names attached it shouldn’t be too difficult.
..what may be difficult, however, is for The Wachowskis to get financing for their other project Cobalt Neural 9 which is set in the future and centers on a love affair between a U.S. soldier and an Iraqi solider (both male) who become convinced that the only way to rid the world of evil is to kill the architect of the invasion, the then-president of the United States, George W. Bush. And so, during one of the president’s secret sorties to Iraq, they attempt to assassinate him.
The budget may only be around $20 million or so, but it is unlikely any studio will get behind it. Luckily for The Wachowskis The Matrix trilogy made a lot of money, so they could finance it themselves if they decide to go the independent route.