Something wicked this way comes….
David Mitchell’s unfilmable novel “Cloud Atlas” is due to be released as a movie on October 26th in the USA and maybe as late as February 2013 in the UK.
I, for one, am really looking forward to it. I loved the novel and like everyone else thought it would be impossible to turn into a movie. The omens suggest that the completed effort may not be up to much but that does not deter me. Directed by Tom Twyker, the man behind “Run Lola Run“, “Perfume“and “The International“, the movie stars Tom Hanks, Jim Sturgess, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw among others.
Now while I have not been blown away by Twyker’s previous work or that of his collaborators, the Wachowskis (I still haven’t forgiven them for the last two Matrix films) I will still seek this film out simply because I enjoyed the mix of styles in the novel and am deeply curious how they are to be melded together in a (hopefully) coherent way in the movie.
If you need another reason then seek it out because Hugh Grant has admitted that he was totally out of his comfort zone the whole time during filming his multiple roles and the end result could just be stupendous or utterly hilarious as a result.
The plot of the movie from IMDB:
Everything is connected: an 1849 diary of an ocean voyage across the Pacific; letters from a composer to his friend; a thriller about a murder at a nuclear power plant; a farce about a publisher in a nursing home; a rebellious clone in futuristic Korea; and the tale of a tribe living in post-apocalyptic Hawaii, far in the future.
The novel’s plot from Wikipedia:
The novel consists of six nested stories that take the reader from the remote South Pacific in the nineteenth century to a distant, post-apocalyptic future. Each tale is revealed to be a story that is read (or observed) by the main character in the next. All stories but the last are interrupted at some moment, and after the sixth story concludes at the centre of the book, the novel “goes back” in time, “closing” each story as the book progresses in terms of pages but regresses in terms of the historical period in which the action takes place. Eventually, readers end where they started, with Adam Ewing in the Pacific Ocean, circa 1850.
Watch the trailers on Youtube:
Watch the director’s commentary intro:
Watch Hugh Grant slag himself off in “Cloud Atlas” on Graham Norton’s chat show.
Watch the extended look: