Shockwave: Cary Fukunaga Plans True Atomic Bomb Tale

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Cary Fukunaga will direct Shockwave, the true story of the atomic bomb.

True Detective’s Cary Fukunaga will direct Universal Pictures’ true atomic bomb tale, Shockwave

Cary Fukunaga, the director behind the Netflix feature Beasts of No Nation and the first season of HBO‘s True Detective, has plans to direct Universal Pictures‘ true atomic bomb tale Shockwave. Deadline has the news, reporting that the feature will adapt author Stephen Walker’s nonfiction tome Shockwave: Countdown to Hiroshima. Drive‘s Hossein Amin will adapt the screenplay from the 2005 tome, officially described as follows:

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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.

Shockwave will be produced by Tim Bevan, Liza Chasin and Eric Fellner of Working Title Films. Universal Executive Vice President of Production Erik Baiers will oversee for the studio.

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