With the release of Cloud Atlas this past Friday, hopefully we’ve all had a chance to watch this epic, mind-bending story by the Wachowskis and German director Tom Tykwer. Whether you’ve seen the movie yet or not, you should still be able to appreciate this amazing concept art for the futuristic sequence in Neo Seoul.
This amazing concept art was conceived in 2010 when the Wachowskis and Tykwer took on the project. Artist George Hull beautifully illustrated Neo Seoul, the future capital of Korea in the year 2144. He depicted a mega-city almost submerged in the ocean, with high-rise buildings peeking out of the water to stay dry. It looks like he also combined elements of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner to bring Neo Seoul to life. Check out Hull’s concept art for Cloud Atlas:
Hull has worked with the Wachowskis in the past. He did the concept art for The Matrix Trilogy and conceived how to bring the underground human city, Zion, to life. He designed the evil robotic Sentinels and Morpheus’ spacecraft, the Nebuchadnezzar, for the Matrix films. Hull also worked on other top Hollywood productions, including Transformers, Battleship, Spider-Man 2, and the creation of the Universe sequence in Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life.
Love it or hate it, you have to admit Cloud Atlas was a big undertaking to bring to the big screen. Fully realizing two future worlds took a lot of imagination, patience, and craft. For many moviegoers, the Neo Seoul sequences were the best parts of Cloud Atlas, and from the looks of George Hull’s concept art, we can clearly see why. It’s a segment in the film that dares us to dream, rise above, and believe.