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Cloud Atlas to be adapted for big screen

23rd June 2011

David Mitchell's bestselling novel Cloud Atlas is to receive a film adaptation which will be shot in Germany, it has been confirmed.

The 2004 novel, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the British Book Award for best novel, is due for release in October next year and is slated to star Tom Hanks and Halle Berry.

The film will be directed by Tom Tykwer and produced by Stefan Arndt, with the German pair insisting the £62 million production will be 'the first attempt at a German blockbuster', though the dialogue will remain in English.

Speaking to the Guardian this week, Mitchell said he first read the script late last year and was hugely impressed by how it condensed the labyrinthine plot of the novel into a two-hour screenplay.

'They aren't attempting merely to film the book, which is why many adaptations come to grief. Rather, the directors have assembled Cloud Atlas and reassembled it in a form which - fingers crossed - will be a glorious, epic thing,' he explained.

The film will be co-directed by the Wachowski brothers, who directed the Matrix films, and is set to co-star Susan Sarandon and Jim Broadbent.

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