The big screen adaptation of David Mitchell’s popular novel Cloud Atlas has been on everyone’s radar for the past few months since big names like the Wachowskis and Tom Hanks have been attached to the project. Now in this week's print edition of Entertainment Weekly (as transcribed by The Playlist) Natalie Portman is claiming that Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis will be directing the film together, rather than Tykwer going solo with the siblings producing. She's also saying that if the movie does get its financing together, she'll have a part in it.

I don’t know what’s going on with financing. I read it while doing [The Wachowski produced] V for Vendetta and I gave it to the Wachowskis and to Tom Tykwer. Now they’re directing it together, the three of them. I will have some acting role in it if it happens, but probably nothing major.

This could be interesting, as the different styles of all three collaborators should flow nicely together and they all have a pretty good idea of how to handle action as well as a deep, intricate story line. The question now becomes how they’ll handle a story structure as off-the-wall as Cloud Atlas is.

The novel tells six stories, each revisited by the main character of the next, and each interrupted and moved on from at some time, until the sixth story concludes in the middle of the book. From there, the other five stories are completed. The timeline spans from the 1800s to a distant future plagued by the fallout of the apocalypse. There’s plenty of room for the directors to get creative here, but we learned from Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones that a creatively told novel can be handled very wrong on the big screen.

Cloud Atlas is in good hands (though I think I’m the only one on Earth who doesn’t care for Tykwer’s Run Lola Run) and it’ll be interesting to see if these action directors can work together and make such a story as this come together.

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