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‘Cloud Atlas’ at $100 Million Fills Hollywood’s Independent Void

“Cloud Atlas” director Tom Tykwer said every major film studio passed on financing his science-fiction epic.

Still, the “Run Lola Run” director and partners Lana and Andy Wachowski of “The Matrix” series managed to sign Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon and Tom Hanks and raise $100 million. Opening today, “Cloud Atlas” ranks as one of the most expensive independent films ever. It’s expected to vie for top weekend sales with “Argo,” according to BoxOffice.com.