Cary Fukunaga is in talks to direct a film about the atomic bombing in Japan during World War II.
The director, best known for helming the first season of HBO's True Detective, is in negotiations with Working Title and Universal Pictures to adapt Stephen Walker's non-fiction book Shockwave: Countdown to Hiroshima, according to Deadline.
The book, first published in 2005, tells of the three weeks leading up to the U.S. dropping of Little Boy, the world's first atomic bomb, which levelled the city of Hiroshima in August, 1945. A firestorm of previously unimagined power was unleashed on a vibrant metropolis of 300,000 people, leaving one third of its population dead and its buildings and landmarks incinerated.
The film will also likely include details about those working on the Manhattan project that kicked off the Atomic Age and the military decisions to use the weapons, along with the consequent decades of paranoia, mistrust, and a widespread fear throughout the world.
Hossein Amini, who wrote Snow White and the Huntsman and Ryan Gosling thriller Drive, will adapt the screenplay.
Fukunaga is next set to helm the Netflix original series Maniac, which is set to reunite Superbad's Emma Stone and Jonah Hill, and is slated to begin shooting in August (17). He has also been attached to Stanley Kubrick's Napoleon project for HBO and the Alexander Dumas biopic The Black Count.
Meanwhile, Amini recently co-wrote the Tomas Alfredson-directed thriller The Snowman and the upcoming AMC series McMafia.
The duo was previously set to work together on the TNT adaptation of the Caleb Carr novel The Alienist, though Fukunaga ultimately dropped out of the project.
A release date and casting details for the Shockwave adaptation have yet to be announced.