A few days ago, Warner Bros. and Focus Features International released an epic 6-minute trailer to the upcoming sci-fi film Cloud Atlas. The film is based on David Mitchell’s 2004 best-selling novel. Its six interconnected stories told through different genres, spanning over 1000 years, gave people doubts whether or not Cloud Atlas could be made into a movie because of its complex storytelling. Since the trailer’s release, directors Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run), Andy and Lana Wachowski (Speed Racer, The Matrix Trilogy) made a video to explain why they wanted to make this movie and talked about some of the obstacles that stood in their way.
The 6-minute trailer reflects the disjointed nature of telling a story with such a large scope but Tykwer and the Wachowskis were up for the challenge but explain why financially their project was delayed. The video does get the point across that the three directors are on the same page with every aspect of Cloud Atlas, giving skeptics and critics re-assurance that they have a vision for the film.
Here’s the trailer again in case you missed it…
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Directors’ commentary for a trailer is a rarity in two respects: directors don’t usually partake in giving a trailer commentary before the movie is released and the Wachowskis rarely do video interviews or commentaries of any kind. In the past they’ve always let their work speak for itself. The last time they gave a video interview was for The Matrix in 1999.
Cloud Atlas will hit theaters on October 26th.