Scoop: Tom Tykwer Adapting Eggers


A couple weeks back, while director Thomas Tykwer (Run Lola Run) was doing press for his new action-thriller The International with Clive Owen and Naomi Watts, he revealed that he’s currently writing an adaptation of David Mitchell’s complex novel “Cloud Atlas” with the Wachowskis. (You can read about that over at

Film School Rejects just had a chance to sit down with the German filmmaker for an interview, and we learned that Cloud Atlas isn’t the only project that Tykwer is currently developing, and it might not even be the next movie he directs.

Tykwer is also working on an adaptation of McSweeney’s founder Dave Eggers’ 2006 novel “What is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng” , a fictionalized account based on the real life of one of the Lost Boys of the Sudan. Besides Eggers being the founder of the literary journal, he’s best known for his early memoir “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius.” He tells us that he’s quite “deeply involved” in developing that novel into a film.

Look for our full interview with Tykwer later this week.

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