Cary Fukunaga to direct Hiroshima atomic bomb film

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I feel like it took forever to Real detective and The beasts of no nation director Cary Fukunaga to get back behind the camera, but it’s heartwarming to know that the filmmaker has no shortage of options on the table for the sequel. Now the director is in negotiations with Universal for another project to sit on top of the growing pile.

Through Deadline, the studio is eyeing Fukunaga to make a film based on Shockwave: countdown to Hiroshima, Stephen walkerThe historical non-fiction account of the days leading up to the nuclear strike that devastated Japan, helped end World War II, and ushered in the nuclear age. Drive scriptwriter Hossein Amini is in negotiations to write the screenplay, with Working Title Films’ Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Liza Chasin set to produce.

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Walker’s book offers a holistic account of the moment of formation of human history, recreating three weeks of stories that led to the fateful day; from the Manhattan Project scientists who created the nuclear weapon while isolated in the deserts of New Mexico, to world leaders like President Truman White House, the pilots who deployed the bomb and the Japanese casualties on the ground.

Fukunaga is next to helm Netflix original series Maniacal, featuring Emma Stone and Jonas hill, which is scheduled to shoot between August and November this year. He is also attached to lead Stanley kubrickthe Napoleon project for HBO and the Alexandre Dumas biopic The black countryt. Amini recently co-wrote the Tomas alfredson-Thriller realized The Snowman and the next series of AMC / BBC collaborations, McMafia. Fukunaga and Amini have already worked together to script the TNT adaptation of The alienist, but Fukunaga eventually relinquished leadership of the project.

Here’s the synopsis for Shockwave from Amazon:

A gripping, minute-by-minute tale of the momentous event that changed our world forever On a quiet Monday morning in August 1945, a five-ton bomb — dubbed Boy by its creators, was dropped from an American plane on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. On that day, a firestorm of unimaginable power unleashed a vibrant metropolis of 300,000, leaving a third of its population dead, buildings and monuments cremated. It was the terrifying dawn of the atomic age, spawning decades of paranoia, mistrust, and a widespread and very real fear of the potential annihilation of the human race. Author Stephen Walker brilliantly recreates the three terrible weeks leading up to the wartime atomic bomb explosion – from the first successful trial in the New Mexico desert to the cataclysm and its aftermath – by presenting the story through the eyes of pilots, scientists, civilian casualties and world leaders who have been at the center of an overwhelming drama. It is a gripping, moving, frightening and remarkable portrait of an extraordinary event, a shock wave whose repercussions are still felt to this day.

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