In a story from Variety, James Cameron (Avatar) has optioned Charles Pellegrino's soon to be released nonfiction book "The Last Train From Hiroshima: The Survivors Look Back."

Cameron put up his own money to get the option going.

The book, published by Henry Holt, is going to hit bookstores January 19. It takes place "over two days and weaves together eyewitness accounts of the Japanese civilians and American pilots who experienced the atomic explosions firsthand."

The book states that 30 people are known to have left Hiroshima for Nagasaki. They got there just in time to survive the second bomb. Tsutomu Yamaguchi was the sole survivor who experienced the full effects of the detonations at ground zero both times.

Cameron recently took some time off from promoting Avatar in Japan so that he could meet with the 93 year old Yamaguchi.

This project is not set up at Fox or Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment.

Evan Jacobs