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