Wachowskis' and Tom Tykwer's 'Cloud Atlas' Picks Up Another Million in Production Funds

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COLOGNE, Germany - Cloud Atlas, the big-budget indie adaptation of David Mitchell's award-winning novel, has received another dose of production funding, picking up $1.35 million (€1 million) from the German Federal Film Board, the FFA.

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Tom Tykwer and Andy and Lana Wachowski have co-written the script and will co-direct the film, which features six interlocking storylines, each set in a different location and a different era, spanning from the 19th century to a post apocalyptic future. Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Ben Whishaw, Susan Sarandon and Hugo Weaving are among Cloud's ensemble cast.

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Tykwer's X Filme shingle will produce Cloud Atlas. Shooting is set to start next month at Studio Babelsberg outside Berlin. Warner Bros. will release the film domestically. X Filme will bow the title in Germany. A Company has picked up Russian and East European rights. Focus Features is handling sales in the rest of the world.

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One of the biggest projects ever to be produced out of Germany, Cloud Atlas has so far received nearly $3 million (€2.1 million) in production financing from Germany's many film subsidy bodies. The film is also set to receive around $8 million (€6 million) in tax credits from Germany's production tax break scheme, the DFFF.

Another high-profile projects picking up FFA coin was Tarzan, the new 3D animated adaptation of the classic jungle tale from Constantin Film (The Three Musketeers). Reinhard Kloss (Animals United) is directing.

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