A high-profile collaboration is looming for the film Shockwave, which Cary Fukunaga will make on the atomic bomb in Hiroshima with the screenplay by Oscar winner Tom Stoppard.
Let’s go back to talking about Shockwave, a film that tells the story of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima (which together with the one dropped on Nagasaki put an end to World War II), to which the director Cary Joji Fukunaga, currently engaged with No Time To Die, has been associated for 3 years now and which he will realize after completing this commitment. There Universal announced that the English playwright Tom Stoppard, author of Rosencrantz and Guilderstern are dead and Academy Award for Shakespeare in Love, will adapt the book by Stephen Walker, “Countdown to Hiroshima”, which provided the inspiration for the film.
This is the plot of the book that tells the three weeks that preceded the terrible launch of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, on August 6, 1945:
An exciting minute-by-minute account of the pivotal event that changed the world forever. On a quiet Monday morning in August 1945, a 5-ton bomb – named Little Boy by its creators – was dropped from an American plane over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. On that day, a firestorm of unprecedented power was unleashed on a bustling city of 300,000 people, killing a third of the population and incinerating buildings and monuments. It was the terrifying dawn of the Atomic Age, which ushered in decades of paranoia, distrust, and a widespread and very real fear of the potential annihilation of the human race. Author Stephen Walker brilliantly recreates the terrible three weeks leading up to the detonation of the atomic bomb, from the first successful experiments in the New Mexico desert to the cataclysm and its aftermath, presenting the story through the eyes of pilots, scientists, victims. civilians and world leaders who found themselves at the center of this destructive drama. It traces the shocking, moving, frightening and exceptional portrait of an extraordinary event, a shock wave whose repercussions are still felt today.
Since Fukunaga is half Japanese, we can only imagine with how much effort, pain and passion this project will face, which, however painful it is, we can’t wait to see, also to remember and make known to the new generations the very high price they paid millions of innocent civilian casualties in World War II.