James Cameron has already planned his “Avatar” universe through part 5. After “Avatar 3” is due in 2024, the director wants to leave Pandora behind for a while to film a heart project.
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When James Cameron announced he would be expanding his Pandora franchise to five movies, many movie fans feared that the visionary and “Terminator” and “Titanic” creator probably wouldn’t get to see anything else. After all, the Canadian is already 68 years old – and after all, no less than 13 years have passed between “Avatar – Aufbruch nach Pandora” and “Avatar: The Way Of Water”. But now the filmmaker revealed that his future filmography should offer a bit more variety:
James Cameron wants to film “The Last Train From Hiroshima: The Survivors Look Back” and choose between “avatar 3” And “avatar 4take a Pandora break. The director confirmed this in an interview with the LA Times. That announcement doesn’t come as a complete surprise or even out of the blue, though: Cameron expressed interest in the story way back in 2010 and talked about wanting to bring it to the screen. But even in this case, 13 years had to pass before we finally got some sign of life from the project we thought was dead – and it will probably be at least 15 years before Cameron actually gets to carry it out.
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So good news for all Cameron fans who may not like “Avatar” and have been hoping for years to see “something else” from the master director.
This is the last train from Hiroshima
Charles R. Pellegrini, in his book The Last Train From Hiroshima: The Survivors Look Back, reissued in 2015 as To Hell And Back: The Last Train From Hiroshima, the events surrounding the atomic bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima on 6 and 9 August 1945 on.
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The focus is on eyewitness accounts intended to give readers a sense of what it must have been like for those present at the disaster to experience the bombings up close. The book deliberately adopts the perspective of survivors, such as Tsutomu Yamaguchi, who went down in history as the sole survivor of both attacks officially confirmed by the Japanese government.
Yamaguchi died of stomach cancer in 2010 at the age of 93. Cameron, who was already considering a film adaptation of the story at the time, conducted an interview with the Nagasaki-born naval engineer shortly before Yamaguchi’s death for research purposes to get truthful, first-hand information for his film.
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Provided “Avatar 3” hits theaters as scheduled on December 18, 2024 and James Cameron actually dedicates himself directly to the cinematic processing of that particularly tragic chapter in the world war “The Last Train Of Hiroshima” should probably await us in theaters in 2025 at the earliest, maybe not until 2026. But like I said, until then, everything should go according to plan for Cameron. In the worst case, the project stops again. In this case, however, we can’t imagine him giving up directing at some point, as he did with “Alita: Battle Angel” to fully focus on “Avatar.”
Typical James Cameron!
“The Last Train From Hiroshima” is material that seems tailor-made for James Cameron. Cameron’s affinity for historical events and technological breakthroughs already characterized ‘Titanic’ – and that same passion returns time and again in his documentaries.
The director is certain of one point, even though the project has been on hold for a few years now: “I think the Hiroshima film would be as topical as possible. It reminds people what these weapons can really do when used against human targets,” Cameron told the LA Times.
But we don’t have to wait years for a master director who deals with atomic energy: As early as July 20, 2023, Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer” with the inventor of the atomic bomb – and one of the most anticipated films of the year – will begin.
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