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That James Cameron Hiroshima movie? Probably not gonna happen

03.02.2010
Back in January, we reported that James Cameron had not only optioned the rights to Charles Pellegrino's book, The Last Train from Hiroshima, but also flown over to Japan to meet with now deceased Tsutomi Yamaguchi, the once lone survivor of both the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. Many believed this would in fact be Cameron's next film... but probably not anymore.

The AP is reporting that publisher Henry Holt and Company is halting publication of the novel because author Pelligrino was not able to answer certain questions regarding information contained within book itself, such as whether or not two men mentioned in the text even existed. So weird.

Apparently, doubts about the book's authenticity first arose a week ago after Pellegrino admitted that one of his interview subjects had in fact falsely claimed to be on one of the aircrafts accompanying the Enola Gay, the plane from which the atomic bomb was dropped by the United States on Hiroshima. To make matters even weirder, Pellegrino and his own background are now being questioned. The author claims to have earned a Ph.D. in 1982 from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, but the institution says it has no proof that he even earned a degree.

The director's association with the author goes back a ways. Cameron wrote the introductions to two Pellegrino books: 2000's Ghosts of the Titanic and 2007's The Jesus Family Tomb. Cameron also brought Pellegrino on board as an advisor on AVATAR.

Cameron's people have made no comment on the matter, but for the time being, you can probably go ahead and consider this project dead.
Extra Tidbit: So, what now? AVATAR 2 or BATTLE ANGEL ALITA? Personally, I hope it'll be something else entirely.

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3:25PM on 03/02/2010
Can we go ahead and blame this guy for Avatar now? It wasn't Cameron's fault.
Can we go ahead and blame this guy for Avatar now? It wasn't Cameron's fault.
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2:00PM on 03/02/2010

Meh...

Loved Avatar and think the filmmaking techniques pioneered there are a game changer. However, this never really thrilled me. Not sure I want to experience the Hiroshima bomb in 3D IMAX. But really, this is all tied to LOST, and proves Jacob is the false prophet!! Am I the only one who sees the connection?!?!
Loved Avatar and think the filmmaking techniques pioneered there are a game changer. However, this never really thrilled me. Not sure I want to experience the Hiroshima bomb in 3D IMAX. But really, this is all tied to LOST, and proves Jacob is the false prophet!! Am I the only one who sees the connection?!?!
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12:47PM on 03/02/2010

Avatar was amazing...

It just takes a lot out of you. Plus when you realize that it's essentially a Dances With Wolves/Last [link] remake (did I miss anything?) it loses some of its effect. Once its released in a 3 disc Blu-Ray Special Edition with the unrated nude scene intact, all the fans will be clamoring for Avatar 2. As for this movie...it would've been cool, but he kind of hit his apex of atomic bombs with Terminator 2.
It just takes a lot out of you. Plus when you realize that it's essentially a Dances With Wolves/Last [link] remake (did I miss anything?) it loses some of its effect. Once its released in a 3 disc Blu-Ray Special Edition with the unrated nude scene intact, all the fans will be clamoring for Avatar 2. As for this movie...it would've been cool, but he kind of hit his apex of atomic bombs with Terminator 2.
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11:55AM on 03/02/2010
Yet something like "The Hurt Locker" gets critical praise and awards for being very loosely based on accounts Mark Boal may have [link] Go figure.
Yet something like "The Hurt Locker" gets critical praise and awards for being very loosely based on accounts Mark Boal may have [link] Go figure.
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11:43AM on 03/02/2010
I never thought the movie sounded all that interesting, anyway.
I never thought the movie sounded all that interesting, anyway.
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11:12AM on 03/02/2010

Interesting...

Strange that a lot of people who loved Avatar don't want to see him make a sequel (right now, at least). Must say something about the film and it's lasting effect...
Strange that a lot of people who loved Avatar don't want to see him make a sequel (right now, at least). Must say something about the film and it's lasting effect...
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10:12AM on 03/02/2010

Wow...

The guy who brought us the Jesus Family Tomb doesn't tell the truth? I'm shocked. I'm glad this isn't being made, but if it does I hope Michael Bay never finds his way to it.
The guy who brought us the Jesus Family Tomb doesn't tell the truth? I'm shocked. I'm glad this isn't being made, but if it does I hope Michael Bay never finds his way to it.
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10:27AM on 03/02/2010
LOL... nice.
LOL... nice.
5:11AM on 03/02/2010
RIP
RIP
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4:40AM on 03/02/2010

I'm kinda glad about this

Cameron's last two features have been sorely lacking in subtle character building and truly dramatic execution. So, I don't want a super-sappy Hiroshima tale that has hundreds of thousands die but really sucks in the drama department.
Cameron's last two features have been sorely lacking in subtle character building and truly dramatic execution. So, I don't want a super-sappy Hiroshima tale that has hundreds of thousands die but really sucks in the drama department.
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