As James Cameron’s blockbuster film Avatar: The Way of Water continues to break box office records, the filmmaker plans to pursue a movie project far from the world of Pandora. Cameron reveals he wants to adapt Charles R. Pellegrino’s The Last Train From Hiroshima: The Survivors Look Back.
The novel chronicles a detailed story of the bombings that happened in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan during the Second World War through the survivors’ perspectives. Cameron expressed interest in the narrative in 2010, and as far as we know, no adaptation has been made since that time.
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James Cameron Hopes To Pursue Hiroshima Movie Adaptation In Between Avatar 3 & 4
Cameron reportedly visited and spoke with Tsutomu Yamaguchi, the only known survivor present during the tragic event, to prepare for the movie’s production. Unfortunately, Yamaguchi passed away in the same year. The project was eventually shelved for years as the director worked on other movies, such as Alita: Battle Angel (2019).
With the Canadian filmmaker making a comeback with his latest Avatar movie, fans will be treated to several sequels, which will also keep Cameron busy for the next few years. As he works on the upcoming Avatar 3 and 4, he revealed to LA Times that he wishes to toil on the Hiroshima film before proceeding with his Avatar follow-ups.
“We live in a more precarious world than we thought we did. I think the Hiroshima film would be as timely as ever, if not more so. It reminds people what these weapons really do when they’re used against human targets.”
The director noted the timeliness of the film with events such as the war in Ukraine and other catastrophes happening around the world.
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Fans would remember that the original Avatar film was written in 1994, but only made its way to the big screen in 2009. It is very common for Cameron to take his time developing ideas for films to ensure the quality and accuracy of the details, especially with a plot based on history.
The Hiroshima movie will be the director’s latest non-Avatar story after 1997’s Titanic. As of the moment, details surrounding the preparation for the project remain under wraps.
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Will James Cameron Have The Luxury Of Time To Work On Non-Avatar Films?
James Cameron’s movies proved massive successes at the global box office, and so most fans expect the upcoming pet project would also reach the same level. As long as the director keeps his pace, he will have the time to focus on the Hiroshima film, despite a fully-booked schedule.
Avatar 3 is 95 percent finished, as per Cameron, with only the post-production to worry about. This will mostly involve visual effects editing, so the director will have the leeway to pick up his other non-Avatar assignment.
Meanwhile, Avatar: The Way of Water has finally become the third highest-grossing movie of all time as it finally surpasses Cameron’s other blockbuster film, Titanic. The sequel is currently at $2.24 billion, while the original movie is at $2.92 billion.
Source: LA Times
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