James Cameron may put “Hiroshima” film ahead of “Avatar” sequel

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: James Cameron is approaching Steven Spielberg’s level when it comes to announced projects that might never see the light of day.

Case in point. While discussing such topics as an “Avatar” sequel and a 3-D “Titanic” with Entertainment Weekly, the Oscar winner reminded the magazine that he’s also actively developing a serious drama about the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of WWII. It’s titled “Last Train from Hiroshima,” and details the story of a man who survives the blast in Hiroshima, then boards a train for Nagasaki and arrives just in time to amazingly survive the second bombing.

“I met Yamaguchi, the survivor, just days before he died (earlier this year),” Cameron told EW. “He was in the hospital. He was sort of turning over the baton of his story to us, so I have to do it. I can’t turn away from that.”

But when? That much is unsure, as Cameron elaborated that he still has to figure out the proper tone of the picture, as well as his approach to what’s sure to be very difficult material.

“I could forensically show you what it was like to be at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. But you probably wouldn’t want to stay around for the back half of the movie,” he said. “And then there’s the question of whether I do it in 3D. I’ve made a blanket statement that all my movies are going to be in 3D from now on, but I couldn’t do this in 3D. It’d be too sensationalistic.”

He’s right. And knowing how “rapidly” Cameron moves these days, it’s unlikely we’ll see anything from him for the next few years. But “Hiroshima” sounds like an excellent story, and I, for one, would like Cameron to figure out how best to tell it.

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