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James Cameron plans deep-ocean dive for ‘Avatar’ sequel

Director wants to shoot movie at the ocean’s deepest point


Canadian film director James Cameron is gathering a team of engineers to build a submersible that can visit the Pacific’s Mariana Trench, the ocean’s deepest point, to gather footage for the sequel to his blockbuster 2009 movie Avatar. Only one other team has ever visited the Mariana Trench: Captain Don Walsh, a US Navy submariner, and Jacques Piccard, a Swiss engineer, who descended for five hours in a steel submersible called the Trieste in January 1960. No one has ever tried to repreat the descent, until now. Cameron’s vessel is reportedly being assembled in Australia and tests on the hull are already completed; a trial dive might occur later this year. Cameron’s engineers are studying the Trieste’s descent, in which—less than an hour into it, at a depth of 4,200 feet—a dribble of water appeared on the wall. Another leak was sprung at 18,000 feet, which sealed itself again, and at 32,400 feet (deeper than Mount Everest is high) there was a crack and the vessel’s cabin shook. But they made it.

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James Cameron plans deep-ocean dive for ‘Avatar’ sequel

  1. Can't they just CGI a visit to the Trench? I mean, they didn't actually go to Pandora to film the first one, and I'm pretty sure the lack of authenticity didn't ruin the movie for me.

  2. I suppose they want to go to see things that are yet pretty much unseen by the general populace. I can see in the original Avatar, some of the amazing landscaping, plants and flowers were inspired by nature.
    Perhaps he is seeking new ideas for plant and animal life?

  3. I would really like to know what is actually down there….or do I ??

  4. With modern materials like carbon fiber and carbon nanotubes, they can certainly build a submersible capable of going the depth. It all depends on how much money Cameron is willing to spend.

  5. In the original Trieste dive to the bottom of the Challenger Deep, they saw a smooth bottom covered in primordial ooze. There were a few flatfish and shrimp, amazingly as the pressure there is some 8 tonnes per square inch. It is a terrific stress to put on any submarine vehicle and it will certainly be a seat-of-his-pants ride for him.