“Cloud Atlas” might have been an ambitious folly, but if there’s one person who probably enjoyed the experience, it’s Tom Hanks. While the film is largely credited to the Wachowski siblings, one has to remember it was actually co-directed by German filmmaker Tom Tykwer, known for “Run Lola Run,” and it was said the Wachowskis handled the more fantastical elements of the film with Tykwer helming the more realistic sections.
Either way, what did Hanks pretty much do straight after ‘Atlas’? Sign up for Tom Tykwer’s next project, “A Hologram For The King,” and it’s a bit of a change of pace. It’s a German-American-produced comedy drama based on the 2012 novel of the same name written by Dave Eggers. The film stars Hanks, Tom Skerritt and Sarita Choudhury from “Homeland” and the dramedy tells the story of a washed-up, desperate American salesman who travels to Saudi Arabia to secure the IT contract for a massive new complex being built in the middle of the desert.
Co-starring Alexander Black, Tracey Fairaway, David Menkin and Sidse Babett Knudsen, the film was produced by Hanks’ Playtone shingle (which shows you how far he’s invested in it), Primeridian Entertainment, and X-Filme Creative Pool.
Meanwhile, with ‘Hologram’ in the can (it actually shot in March, 2014), Tykwer has his eyes set on his next project, “Babylon Berlin” an adaptation of the first book in German author Volker Kutscher’s series about a police inspector in 1920s Berlin. Tykwer will act as the showrunner and according to Variety the series follows young police inspector Gereon Rath in 1929 Berlin, a hotbed of politics, art, extremism, drugs and murder.
Back to ‘Hologram,’ Roadside Attractions recently dated the film for April 22nd. And while we wait for the domestic trailer, here’s the German dubbed version below, followed by new images for the film.