The atomic bombs dropped on Japan by the Allied Forces effectively brought an end to World War II. But at terrible cost. Surprisingly, for such a dramatic and inherently cinematic event in history, there hasn’t been any major studio movie made about this. Until now.

Deadline today reported that the book “Shockwave: Countdown To Hiroshima” by Stephen Walker will be turned into a movie by Universal Pictures, in collaboration with Working Title Films. And they’ve secured a director in Cary Fukunaga. This is great for the project because Fukunaga is a damn fine filmmaker, as films like “Beasts Of No Nation” prove. So we can be sure the subject matter will be handled with the weight it deserves.

The studio is also in the midst of securing a writer, with “Drive” screenwriter Hossein Amini in talks to pen the script. Working Title Films’ Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Liza Chasin will produce.

Here’s the synopsis (via Amazon): “A riveting, minute-by-minute account of the momentous event that changed our world forever.

On a quiet Monday morning in August 1945, a five-ton bomb—dubbed Little Boy by its creators—was dropped from an American plane onto the Japanese city of Hiroshima. On that day, a firestorm of previously unimagined power was unleashed on a vibrant metropolis of 300,000 people, leaving one third of its population dead, its buildings and landmarks incinerated. 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 re-creates the three terrible weeks leading up to the wartime detonation of the atomic bomb—from the first successful test in the New Mexico desert to the cataclysm and its aftermath—presenting the story through the eyes of pilots, scientists, civilian victims, and world leaders who stood at the center of earth-shattering drama. It is a startling, moving, frightening, and remarkable portrait of an extraordinary event—a shockwave whose repercussions can be felt to this very day.”

 

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