The trailer for the movie of the book that many experts considered unfilmable, David Mitchell’s 2004 Booker Prize finalist, Cloud Atlas, has just been released. The filmmakers, the Wachowski’s, best known for The Matrix trilogy , and Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) faced the challenge of adapting a book that connects six stories set in different time periods and locations.
The film will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival and open in U.S. theaters on Oct. 26. The cast, many of whom play multiple roles, include Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Sturgess, Keith David, Susan Sarandon and Hugh Grant
The trailer is six minutes long; according to the intro from the creators, “Unfortunately, in one way the experts were right: The movie is hard to sell, because it’s hard to describe, it’s hard to reduce. So we decided to make a really, really, really long trailer and just put it out there.”
Official Web Site: CloudAtlasMovie.com
The movie tie-in will be released Sept. 11 (Random House Trade Paperbacks, 9780812984415, $15). Both the print and ebook edition will include an essay by David Mitchell. In addition to the regular ebook, there will also be an enhanced ebook with footage from the film and interviews with the author and the filmmakers.