Veteran filmmaker James Cameron seems set on chasing himself at the box office records after recently revealing that he will proceed to direct the movie adaptation of Charles R. Pellegrino’s non-fiction book, ‘The Last Train From Hiroshima: The Survivor Look Back,” just shortly after his latest sci-fi saga, ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ came to be the third highest-grossing release of all time.
After years of dedicating his creative efforts toward his colossal franchise, Cameron has decided to focus on his other projects aside from the Pandora universe. In a statement made via the Los Angeles Times, Cameron said he is yearning to direct his passion project, ‘The Last Train From Hiroshima’ before moving to the fourth sequel of his top-tier ‘Avatar’ franchise.
In 2010, Cameron exhibited his growing interest in adapting the ancient anecdote for the big screen. The story, which deals with the survivors of the bombing incidents in the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan during World War II, is a long-awaited production that the renowned director has been vying for.
During his ‘Avatar’ promotional tour in Japan, Cameron also took the chance to interview the only existing survivor, Tsutomu Yamaguchi and asked the latter about his experiences in the world-famous bombing tragedy. However, Yamaguchi passed away a few years later and still, there was no reported progress in the said flick adaptation.
Now more than ever, Cameron believes that adapting the book and putting it in motion picture is relevant due to the Ukrainian war and resurgence of nationalism in the U.S.
“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,” he said.
Since the film is still in the developmental stage, Cameron’s historical adaptation of ‘The Last Train From Hiroshima’ has yet to set a release date. On the other hand, ‘Avatar 3’ is set for a theatrical release on December 20, 2024.
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