The Wachowski's 'Cloud Atlas' Gets a Release DateBritt Hayes |
The visionary brothers behind 'The Matrix' have been working on 'Cloud Atlas' for years. As Indiewire notes, the film had some trouble getting financing once Warner Bros. took a look at the $170 million price tag.
Instead of battling the studio system, the brothers and collaborator Tom Twyker tweaked the budget down to $101 million and gathered financing on their own via foreign pre-sales. Star Tom Hanks also took a huge pay cut for his part in the film, helping to bring the sprawling, multi-period set film to life.
'Cloud Atlas' was sold to Warner Bros. for domestic distribution for a mere $20 million, and although the deal called for a two and a half hour run time, the studio has given approval to a cut that runs two hours and 44 minutes, indicating that the film is pretty damn good. Even more promising is the US release date: December 6th. This makes 'Cloud Atlas' a contender for awards season, further proof of the studio's faith in the film.
'Cloud Atlas' stars Tom Hanks, Hugo Weaving, and Halle Berry in six interconnecting stories spanning several decades.