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Cloud Atlas, 2012′s Most Interesting Film, Was Almost Not Made

Submitted by on September 4, 2012 – 9:00 am Comments

Halle Berry Tom HanksThe film “Cloud Atlas” has been dubbed as one of 2012′s most interesting films. The film has six separate sstory lines that range from 19th century to a post apocalyptic future. Tom Hanks and Halle Berry play in numerous roles throughout the film. There are also three separate directors who all work together to adapt the award-winning 2004 novel by David Mitchell. This film will either be the year’s best work or the most confusing. It’s no surprise that the film almost wasn’t made in the first place.

“Cloud Atlas” was directed by Andy and Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer. Lana said it was hard to grasp how many times the film had been dumped, only to be resurrected again. “Cloud Atlas” was by far the most expensive independent film ever, with a budget of $100 million. Even though the film had huge names such as Hanks, Berry, Hugh Grant and Susan Sarandon signed on, and the brains behind “The Matrix” films as the driving force, the film could not get proper funding.

Lana said that most films today are giving the okay based on past films and how they’ve done. She said the system hates originality because it “cannot be economically modeled.”

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Andy echoed his sisters sentiments later, when he spoke about how frustrating it had been to see investors pull out one after another. He spoke about investing money and said you don’t get into the business because you like money, but because you like movies. And the Wachowskis are not the first people who have spoken about trying to make an original film in today’s economic climate. Almost all films are part of a franchise now, a series, or a remake. There is hardly any originality left.

Spike Lee spoke on the topic and said that studios used to be okay to get a mild hit, but now they want each film to earn a billion dollars, and said that they were willing to spend $300 million to make it. He said they are only playing for high stakes and if it’s not high stakes, then the film is not worth the time or money to make.Cloud Atlas

Shia LaBeouf made some similar comments recently about studio mentality. He said there is no room for visionaries now in the studio system. But should any of this be a surprise? Adam Fogelson, the chairman of Universal Pictures recently said “The bigger the budget, the cleaner the concept needs to be. Because you need to appeal not just to all four quadrants, but to people who speak every language under the son. So ambiguity and darkness are tough.”

Warner Bros. finally came through and picked up the North American distribution rights for “Cloud Atlas” and even gave some money for part of the budget. But the rest of all handled by independent investors. “Cloud Atlas” will debut at the Toronto International Film Festival and will hit theaters on October 26th.

Keaven Neely

Keaven is a stay at home mother of two little girls. She writes her blog This Mama Is Crazy and also sells her arts and crafts on her Etsy site. Writer of “The No BS Zone”

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