More good news this morning: Tom Tykwer is to direct the film of David Mitchell’s extraordinary, extravagant Cloud Atlas. Spanning six stories, it’s one of the most exciting novels of recent years, with a unique 12345654321 structure that builds suspense and uncanny connections that stretch far into the past and future. It’s also told in six very different voices, which could make for a fascinating film. I loved Tykwer’s two beautiful, under-rated fables, The Princess and the Warrior and Heaven, from the last screenplay by Krzysztof Kieslowski, and I can’t wait to see how he approaches Cloud Atlas. It’s being produced by the Wachowski brothers, who I’ve always thought would have done a great job on Mitchell’s earlier Japan-set novel number9dream.