The Wachowski's Cloud Atlas and Robert Rodriguez's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Get Release Dates
05.18.12 by BJSprecher
The release dates of two highly anticipated genre movies have finally been announced.
First up is Cloud Atlas, an adaptation of David Mitchell's award-winning 2004 sci-fi novel that was co-written and co-directed by Andy and Lana Wachowski, (The Matrix) and German filmmaker Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run). Warner Bros. (WB) initially passed on Cloud Atlas, feeling that it was unaffordable at $170 million, but the Wachowskis and Tykwer found foreign backers and ended up making it for $101 million — thanks, in part, to Tom Hanks taking a smaller fee for his participation — and WB picked up North American distribution rights at Cannes for "about $20 million" despite the movie's lengthy 2:44 running time exceeding the contractural running time of 2:30. According to IndieWire, producer Grant Hill revealed that WB "plans to open the movie stateside December 6" and may screen it at the Berlin International Film Festival to make it eligible for Oscar consideration.
Cloud Atlas is a sprawling sci-fi epic comprised of six interconnected storylines, each taking place in different locations and time periods. Here's the synopsis:
An epic story of humankind in which the actions and consequences of our lives impact one another throughout the past, present and future as one soul is shaped from a murderer into a savior and a single act of kindness ripples out for centuries to inspire a revolution.
In addition to Hanks, the impressive cast list includes Hugo Weaving, Hugh Grant, Jim Sturgess, Jim Broadbent, Doo-na Bae, Keith David, Ben Whishaw, and Academy Award–winners Susan Sarandon and Halle Berry.
While the release date of Cloud Atlas is still subject to change, Dimension Films has formally announced the release date of director Robert Rodriguez's long-awaited sequel to Sin City just one month after the movie was finally given the green light to go into production.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For will open nationwide on October 4, 2013, and will be released in both 2D and 3D, which was not previously announced. The release also confirmed the return of Mickey Rourke as the "murder machine with a heart of gold" known as Marv and also revealed that Jessica Alba would be returning as "skinny little Nancy Callahan," who was saved from a sadistic serial killer by police officer John Hartigan (Bruce Willis) as a child and again as an adult in the first movie. Rodriguez has previously stated that Rosario Dawson is "pumped" to return as Gail, but the release did not mention her involvement so her deal must still be in the works.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is based on the works of visionary comic book creator and director Frank Miller (The Dark Knight Returns, 300). The screenplay was written by Miller and William Monahan (The Departed).