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Can You Imagine a More Depressing Movie?

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | March 27, 2017 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | March 27, 2017 |

The combination of talent is appealing: The director of the first season of True Detective, Cary Fukunaga, and the writer of Drive, Hossein Amini. The movie is also based upon a book described as “A riveting, minute-by-minute account of the momentous event that changed our world forever.”

You in? Huh? Huh? A minute-by-minute account of a momentous event that changed our lives forever directed by Cary Fukunaga and the guy who wrote Drive? Sounds great!

But what if I told you that momentous event was the bombing of Hiroshima? That’s right, over the course of two hours (or two and a half, if this movie wants an Oscar), we will get to witness a minute by minute account of people living in Hiroshima in the days before America dropped an atomic bomb and killed them, humanizing the lives of 300,000 people before Truman gave the order to drop a five-ton bomb on their city.

That sounds like the most depressing movie ever, and I’ve seen Dear Zachary and a documentary recounting the deaths of 26 mostly first graders at Sandy Hook Elementary. This Hiroshima movie would be like watching Dead Man Walking 300,000 times.

Here’s some better news to lift your spirits (kind of): Amazon is developing an eight-part limited series, The Underground Railroad, based on Colson Whitehead’s National Book Award winning novel. Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) is set to write and direct the series. Let’s see if Jenkins can follow an Oscar win for Best Picture with an Emmy win for Best TV series. I also hope he brings back all of the Moonlight cast and establishes with them some regulars that he can continue to call upon for the rest of his career.

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