It’s been a while since we’ve seen anything from Cary Fukunaga. After delivering an explosive first season of HBO’s True Detective back in 2014, he then gave us the equally impressive Beasts of No Nation the year after. Since then, however, the filmmaker has been lying low, so it seems, while attempting to find his next project. He was attached to direct Stephen King adaptation It at one point, but that ultimately fell through, and now, Deadline reports that he’ll tackle Shockwave for Universal.
Based on Stephen Walker’s non-fiction novel, Shockwave: Countdown To Hiroshima, the project will be penned by Drive scribe Hossein Amini and produced by Working Title Films’ Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Liza Chasin. For those unfamiliar with the source material, it tells the story of the “events that led up to a Monday morning in August 1945 when a five-ton bomb—dubbed Little Boy by its creators—was dropped from an American plane onto the Japanese city of Hiroshima, soon to be followed by another that devastated Nagasaki. The first blast left one-third of its 300,000 people dead and the city incinerated, and the dawn of the Atomic Age was launched.”
Sounds quite interesting if you ask us, especially when you take into account the fact that the book explores everything from the “Manhattan Project scientists who created the nuclear weapon while isolated in the deserts of New Mexico, to world leaders like the President Truman White House, to pilots who deployed the bomb, and the Japanese victims on the ground.” It seems like it’ll look at the historic event from all angles then, and should make for fascinating viewing.
Aside from Shockwave, Fukunaga also has Netflix original series Maniac in the works as well as Alexander Dumas biopic The Black Count, in addition to a few more projects he’s been linked to recently. It seems that this will head into production soon though and as such, we can expect it to drop into theaters in 2018. As always, we’ll let you know when we hear more.