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The film's release should have been a global event, but its studio's reticence over its fragmented form has led to disappointing box office returns

"They played footsie for a little bit, until we basically got on our knees, begged them and crapped our pants in front of them, you know: 'Look into your heart!'"

That's Andy Wachowski's account – given to Deadline Hollywood – of trying to get Warner Brothers on side for his and sister Lana's adaptation of Cloud Atlas. Not what you think you'd have to do for a studio for whom you've made in excess of a billion and a half dollars. Warner eventually signed on, coughing up around $20m of the $102m budget – but their indecision has echoed through the film's marketing and release stages, hobbling one of the most ambitious and globally oriented projects of the decade on the first leg of its journey. Its »

- Phil Hoad

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