Wachowskis, Tykwer Get 'Cloud Atlas' Cash From NRW

German fund puts up $1.4 million for ambitious literary adaptation.

COLOGNE, Germany - Directors Tom Tykwer and siblings Andy and Lana Wachowski have picked up some more German coin to go towards their ambitous $150 million joint project Cloud Atlas. Regional film funding board the Filmstifftung NRW has put up $1.4 million (€1 million) in production funding for the feature, an adaptation of the epic novel of the same name by David Mitchell.

The Berlin/Brandenburg film board ponied up with $2.1 million (€1.5 million) in backing for the film, which stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, Susan Surandon, Ben Whishaw and Jim Broadbent. Cloud Atlas is set to begin shooting in late summer, mostly at Studio Babelsberg outside Berlin. Mitchell's novel, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, tells six seperate stories, set in six different eras spanning hundreds of years from the 19th century to a post-apocalyptic future. Tykwer and the Wachowskis' co-wrote the script and will jointly direct.