True Detective director and Drive writer teaming for film about atomic bomb

It will centre on the three terrible weeks leading up to Hiroshima

Christopher Hooton
Friday 17 February 2017 11:02

A potentially jaw-dropping film is being cooked up over at Universal. True Detective’s Cary Fukunaga is in discussions to direct an adaptation of non-fiction book Shockwave: Countdown to Hiroshima, according to Deadline, with the screenplay coming from Drive writer Hossein Amini.

The blurb for the book is as follows:

"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."

Working Title Films’ Tim Bevan, Eric Bevan, Eric Fellner and Liza Chasin will produce the movie, which is still a long way off casting.

Fukunaga is currently working on Maniac, a Netflix series starring Jonah Hill and Emma Stone based on a Norwegian dark comedy series of the same name centring on the dream-fantasies of a man locked up in a mental institution.

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