Eternals’ Hiroshima scene was personal for the writers, and Chloe Zhao fought to keep it

Kaz and Ryan Firpo found the perfect collaborator in Eternals director Chloé Zhao. While the cousin screenwriting pair had a combined background in documentary film and deeply felt narrative drama, they were also of an age where their frame of reference for cosmic storytelling on the scale of a Marvel movie included Final Fantasy VII and Spirited Away. Both came up routinely while they worked with Zhao on the movie.

“Chloé is a fantastic human filmmaker that makes spiritual dramas, and at the same time, she’s a huge nerd,” Kaz tells Polygon. “And that’s sort of the secret sauce of Chloé.”

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