James Cameron talks up interest in a Hiroshima movie

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The Avatar filmmaker James Cameron discusses the possibility of making a film beyond Pandora’s limits. 

Here’s some welcome news. James Cameron has been talking up the possibility of making a film outside the world of Avatar, the colossal franchise that has occupied much of his time and imagination for two decades and counting.

Although he did make two widely-seen documentary films in the early noughties, Cameron hasn’t made a feature-length movie outside of the Avatar series since 1997’s Titanic. With much of the next two Avatar films reportedly shot, could it be that the filmmaker has sensed an opportunity to step outside of Pandora and work with different material?

Cameron himself is certainly talking up the possibility, telling the LA Times that he’d like to tackle a film that deals with the detonation of the atomic bombs that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II. Cameron said that “we live in a more precarious world than we thought we did. I think the Hiroshima film would be as timely as ever, if not more so. It reminds people what these weapons really do when they’re used against human targets.”

Cameron has optioned the rights to  Charles R. Pellegrino’s nonfiction novel, The Last Train From Hiroshima: The Survivors Lost Book. 

Whether this is just wishful thinking or a plan forming is unclear at this moment, but the world would certainly welcome another James Cameron film beyond the glut of Avatar sequels that are yet to come. The next one is due at the tail-end of 2024 so if Cameron gets cracking, he might just build up enough momentum on a new project to get it into gear (but, er, doubt it). We’ll keep you posted as we hear more.

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