Cloud Atlas Adaptation With Tom Hanks And Halle Berry Lands More Financing

By Sean O'Connell 2011-08-29 08:55:43discussion comments
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Some good news for those eagerly anticipating Tom Tykwer and the Wachowski’s adaptation of David Mitchell’s award-winning novel Cloud Atlas. The production has picked up an additional $1.35 million in funding from the German Federal Film Board, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Now, that sounds like a drop in the bucket for a film that stars the likes of Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon and Hugo Weaving, and is supposed to span six storylines set in six locations during six different eras. But it’s worth noting the addition of funds because the film’s budget, over the course of its lengthy pre-production, primarily has been adjusted and slashed. Last we heard, the budget for the independently financed feature was going to be much lower than the announced $120 million.

Tykwer’s X Filme is picking up producing credits on Cloud. Shooting still is scheduled to begin in September at Studio Babelsberg outside of Berlin, with Tykwer and the Wachowskis co-directing from the screenplay they co-wrote. I’d love to know where the final budget stands, because it could take expensive resources to bring Mitchell’s intertwined story, long considered impossible to film, to the big screen. These newly acquired funds join $3 million the production has received from Germany’s various film subsidy bodies, as well as an additional $8 million in tax credits from Germany’s production tax break plan.

Cloud Atlas isn’t the only film benefitting from newfound German monies from the country’s film board. THR adds that a 3D, animated version of the Tarzan legend will receive funds, allowing director Reinhard Kloss to begin production.
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