During the peak of Avatar‘s promotional rounds James Cameron asked 20th Century Fox for some time off while he was in Japan to visit a man called Tsutomu Yamaguchi, who is the only person in the world to be present and survive both of the nuclear bombs dropped on Japan during WWII. Sadly Yamaguchi died earlier this week at the age of 93 due to cancer, however he shared his experiences with Cameron during his visit and the director has pledged to “pass on his rare and harrowing experience to future generations”.
The “Avatar” director has optioned Charles Pellegrino’s upcoming nonfiction tome “The Last Train From Hiroshima: The Survivors Look Back” with his own personal funds.
While in Japan in late December promoting “Avatar,” Cameron asked 20th Century Fox for a day off Dec. 22 in order to visit Tsutomu Yamaguchi, one of the last survivors of the U.S. bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during WWII. Yamaguchi died Monday at the age of 93.
Pellegrino’s book, published by Henry Holt, is set to hit bookstores Jan. 19. Advance reviews have been glowing for the title, which takes place over two days and weaves together eyewitness accounts of the Japanese civilians and American pilots who experienced the atomic explosions firsthand. According to the book, 30 people are known to have fled Hiroshima for Nagasaki — where they arrived just in time to survive the second bomb. Yamaguchi was the sole survivor who experienced the full effects of the detonations at ground zero both times.
This would be a great movie. Not in terms of ‘entertainment’, but in terms of letting people witness the events that took place during WWII and the devastation nuclear bombs can cause. At the moment Cameron has only optioned the book rights and it is not set-up at any studio, so it could be a while before there are any developments. From the personal involvement of James Cameron it appears he would be interested in directing. Whether this will be before or after the sequel to Avatar in unknown.