Whether or not you enjoyed "Avatar," you have to admit that James Cameron knows what he's doing. He is the only filmmaker to have two separate movies cross the $1 billion worldwide threshold, and as of this week, both "Titanic" and now "Avatar" are the number one and two highest grossing movies of all time.
So, when Cameron decides to option a nonfiction novel about the bombing of Hiroshima as a potential film project, just roll with it. The guy has a plan.
According to a report from Variety, the novel in question is Charles Pellegrino's upcoming "The Last Train From Hiroshima: The Survivors Look Back." Cameron has apparently optioned the book with his own money outside of the studio system — neither Fox nor Cameron's own Lightstorm Entertainment are currently involved.
This announcement isn't entirely out of left field, as Variety recalls recent reports that Cameron, while in Japan, took a day off from the "Avatar" promotion campaign to meet with Tsutomu Yamaguchi, one of few remaining survivors of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Yamaguchi died on Monday.
Even though Cameron has optioned the film, that doesn't necessarily make it his next project. But between this, a hopeful "Avatar" sequel and the potential fulfillment of "Battle Angel Alita," it's getting harder to determine what he'll focus on next.
If Cameron decides to sideline those projects for "Hiroshima," that's fine by me. His historical know-how and his special effects sensibilities would make for a great combination on such a film.
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