‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ topped $2.2 billion at the worldwide box office, leaving ‘Avatar: The Seed Bearer’ and even ‘Avatar: The Tulkun Rider’ ‘Avatar: The Quest for Eywa’ become James Cameron’s next busy project.
In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, Cameron expressed his desire to make a Hiroshima atomic bomb survivor movie in between the Avatar sequels.
In 2010 Cameron bought the rights to the book ‘The last train from Hiroshima’ written by Charles Pellegrino and wanted to turn it into a movie. It was later shelved because of the production of ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ and ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’.
During Cameron’s promotion of ‘Avatar’ in Japan in 2009, he also took time to visit survivor Yamaguchi Tsutomu (who died in early 2010 at the age of 93).
This man had a legendary experience when he left Hiroshima before the atomic bombing and arrived in Nagasaki, where the second nuclear explosion occurred, but he still survived.
In an interview with ‘Empire’ magazine last year, Cameron said he would not rule out giving ‘Avatar: The Tulkun Rider’ and ‘Avatar: The Quest for Eywa’ to new directors, and that he would only be a producer.
Avatar: The Seed Bearer’ will be released in Northern America in December 2024, ‘Avatar: The Tulkun Rider’ in December 2026, ‘Avatar: The Quest for Eywa’ is December 2028.
The author describes the events and aftermath of the atomic bombing of Japan, based on the oral records of the survivors of the atomic bombings and using the new technology of forensic archaeology. These two atomic blasts changed all life on earth forever.
The eyewitness testimony of experiencing the atomic bombing firsthand is at the heart of the book’s narrative. Thirty people are now known to have fled Hiroshima and run to Nagasaki, where they thought they should be safe, only to catch another atomic bombing in time and survive unscathed.
Yamaguchi Tsutomu is the only person known to us to have escaped the full blast effect of two atomic blast centers. Yamaguchi Tsutomu died of stomach cancer in early 2010 at the age of ninety-three.
The author uses oral histories to interview and document the many surviving victims and American pilots who flew the bombing missions. Their personal stories are woven together to form a multi-layered study of culture and war.