With only a week until the release of Cloud Atlas, directors Andy & Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer have come together (in the spirit of the film) to explain what exactly they’re trying to do as a collective. The film is very ambitious in scope, spanning over 1000 years of narrative and intersecting six separate storylines into one cohesive film. Next week we’ll finally see if the directing trio pulled off the nearly impossible by adapting David Mitchell’s “unfilmable” novel. In the meantime, however, a behind-the-scenes video from IGN explores the motivation behind Cloud Atlas, not only from its filmmakers and author, but also from the actors involved with the demanding narrative and production.
Each actor had to play six separate characters in different time periods, while each segment was also part of a larger genre. It seems fitting that author David Mitchell describes the story as a “Russian Doll of nesting interrupted narratives.” Check out the six-minute featurette: