Cameron's Nagasaki-Hiroshima film film over?
You'll remember that I wrote about the death of Tsutomu Yamaguchi, one of the few people to have been at both the Nagasaki and the Hiroshima atomic bomb blasts, and how both James Cameron and the author Charles Pellegrino visited him to discuss the possibility of making a film about his, and others, horrendous story.
Leap forward and it appears that Cameron bought the rights to Pellegrino's novel, however news today reveals that there are growing concerns over the authenticity of some of the interview accounts in the novel, and speculation has grown that Cameron may not be making a film based on it anymore.
Charles Pellegrino's novel, The Last Train from Hiroshima: The Survivors Look Back (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com) tells the story of these survivors of Nagasaki who were also caught in the Hiroshima blast.
However a story today in the New York Post suggests that there are growing concerns over the book, saying that the publisher Henry Holt and Company said that the author was not able to answer concerns about the book which include whether two men mentioned in the book actually existed. Apparently, Pellegrino previously admitted that one of his interview subjects claimed to have been on a plane accompanying the Enola Gay when he wasn't.
So there are suddenly question marks over the novel, however nothing has been proven, and all that it appears to be so far are questions from the Associated Press which the publishers, speaking on the author's behalf, say he can't answer.
Let's be fair, we don't even really know the question just yet either, the story is far from clear, so please, let's not make huge assumptions and accusations just yet. As for the film? Well let's take a second on that too, no matter what happens with the book, the story is still true for people who survived both explosions. Has the story disappeared? No, not at all.
Even if there are some mistakes or falsehoods in the book, it doesn't mean that it needs to be scrapped, I'm sure there are still some great stories in there that can be used along with the real stories to build a real film.
James Cameron can still make a film about the stories of these people, whatever happens with the book, and remember that there's nothing but allegations from a press source at the moment.
Regardless, there are still people's stories to be told.