We reported in January that Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski will direct along with Tom Tykwer. Halle Berry and Natalie Portman are attached to star. Here's a synopsis of the David Mitchell novel below.
"The story presents six narratives that evoke an array of genres, from Melvillean high-seas drama to California noir and dystopian fantasy. There is a naive clerk on a nineteenth-century Polynesian voyage: and aspiring composer who insinuates himself to the home of a syphilitic genius: a journalist investigating a nuclear plant: a publisher with a dangerous best-seller on his hands: and a cloned human being created for slave labour. These five stories are bisected and arranged around a sixth, the oral history of a post-apocalyptic island, which forms the heart of the story."
It isn't known when production will start on Cloud Atlas. The budget is said to be between $80 million and $100 million.
Cloud Atlas was released October 26th, 2012 and stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw, Keith David. The film is directed by Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski.