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Cary Fukunaga Is Directing a Movie About the Hiroshima Atomic Bomb

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Although it’s been a while since we’ve seen him behind the camera, Cary Fukunaga’s got a long string of projects in the works, including a Netflix series and an Alexandre Dumas biopic. As of today, he’s also attached to direct a movie based on a non-fiction account of the days leading up to the atomic bomb strike on Hiroshima.

Deadline reports that Universal Pictures and Fukunaga are in negotiations for the film, which will have a script by Drive screenwriter Hossein Amini, based on the book by Stephen Walker titled Shockwave: Countdown to Hiroshima. Per Deadline:

The first blast left one-third of its 300,000 people dead and the city incinerated, and the dawn of the Atomic Age was launched. The book told the stories that led up to the fateful day, from the scientists who worked secretly on the Manhattan Project, some out of fear the Nazis would unleash one first if they didn’t, to President Truman White House that believed the Japanese would never give up and that countless casualties would be the result in a prolonged war, to the Japanese who witnessed the devastation and unimaginable horrors.

The book has an impressive scope, not only focusing on the day the bomb dropped, but also on everyone involved in the days leading up to it. There’s no telling yet whether Fukunaga’s movie will be as broad in its storytelling, or if it’ll choose to focus on just a few aspects as told in the book, but considering how great the first season of True Detective and Beasts of No Nation were, it’s exciting to hear he’ll take on this project.

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