Wachowskis Open “Atlas” Shortly

Following a screening of “Frankie & Alice”, Halle Berry spoke at a Q&A and let slip her about her possible project – the Wachowskis adaptation of David Mitchell’s novel “Cloud Atlas” reports NataliePortman.com.

Berry says “I’m going to do a movie probably in the summer with the Wachowskis… ..A really interesting movie [that is] sort of [like] what they did for ‘The Matrix,’ they have another really amazing idea that’s sort of gonna stretch our brains even further. And so I’m really excited about that and that’s probably gonna be in the summer. And that’s with Tom Hanks and Natalie Portman.”

Berry was confirmed late Summer along with the other two while British thesps James McAvoy and Ian McKellen were linked earlier this year. While Berry’s involvement is “not a done deal yet”, she seems pretty set.

This is the first we’ve heard of a production date and a report in June suggested Tom Tykwer (“Run Lola Run,” “The International”) would pen and direct, though now it sounds like the Wachowskis themselves may helm a few segments of the film.

The ensemble drama spans six different story lines over a millennium, with each tale is revealed to be a story read (or watched) by the main character in the next.

The stories in order include an American notary’s voyage across the Pacific in 1850, a young English musician working as an amanuensis in 1930’s Belgium, a 1970’s Californian journalist investigating corruption around a nuclear plant, a modern day British publisher who becomes confined to a nursing home, a cloned political prisoner being executed in a dystopian near future Korea, and a Hawaiian tribesman in a post-apocalyptic distant future telling a story around a campfire.

No word how this will affect production of the Wachowski’s R-rated Iraq war gay romance “Cobalt Neutral 9”.