How Hollywood Goes Nuclear (War): Will They Do It Again?

TOPSHOT – A man looks at replicas of a North Korean Scud-B missile (R) and South Korean missiles at the Korean War Memorial in Seoul on August 10, 2017 as nuclear tensions rise between North Korea and the U.S. / AFP PHOTO / JUNG Yeon-Je (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)

The fear of a nuclear war may have been pushed off the front pages by more current horrors, but the threat has hardly subsided. And historically, the “unthinkable” nature of such a devastating conflict has nonetheless spurred plenty of thinking in the Hollywood community about ways to synthesize this horror into films and television. I would hardly be surprised if the current fright doesn’t ultimately produce another wave of such fear-driven storytelling.

The world has lived with the continuing threat of human self-destruction since the advent of the nuclear age

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