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If you've read the monster that is Cloud Atlas, then you most likely walked away from it feeling like there's no way they could ever turn that into a movie. The David Mitchell book is an intense read, to say the least, requiring you to dig your way through six different short stories that span hundreds of years, from an 18th century journey at sea to post-apocalyptic life in Hawaii. All of the stories are loosely connected to each other in fascinating (sometimes spiritual) ways, and many of them utilize languages (often difficult to understand) as a character to help plant you in that specific world and separate it from the next. So, yeah, it ain't an easy book to adapt, but the Wachowski duo, along with director Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run), are gonna attempt it anyway.
The first official image from the film has been released to mark the end of production, and it's a behind-the-scenes shot featuring Andy and Lana Wachowski alongside Tom Tykwer, with the book's author David Mitchell and the film's producers all hanging out in the background. The group is surrounded by props from each of the stories -- like a futuristic hover-type bike, a 1970s VW Beetle, Chatham Island totems, an old vintage piano and more. Yes, all of these pieces are key props for their respective stories, but it'd take us a few thousand words to tell you how, exactly, they factor in to the big picture, so either read the book or hang loose till the film arrives late next year.
The folks in this image will be joined by a very intriguing cast, all of whom will be playing multiple characters throughout each story -- some even swapping genders. Those who've been enlisted include Tom Hanks, Hugh Grant, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Ben Whishaw, Keith David, James D'Arcy and Doona Bae, so if any cast can make it work, it's gotta be this one, right?
Have you read Cloud Atlas? Do you think they can pull this film off, or will it be a total disaster?