Director James Cameron has commissioned Australian designers to build a sub that can plunge 36,000 feet beneath the surface of the ocean, hoping to combine his love for deep waters with his apparent craving for cash. If he can pull it off, he could win a $10 million X Prize and shoot footage for an "Avatar" sequel simultaneously.
The Daily Mail first reported the story, saying the sub would be made of composite materials and powered by electric motors. It would have to survive the immense pressures experienced at seven miles below the surface of the ocean, where Cameron hopes to shoot 3-D footage to incorporate into the second Avatar film.
The sub would be designed to explore the Challenger Deep, a 35,994-foot deep depression in the southern end of the Mariana Trench. It's the deepest known spot in the oceans and has only been explored three times — but since the first daring 1960 attempt in the Trieste, no one has tried a manned descent.
Attempting such a feat would hardly be a first for the director, who has waded into deep waters several times on behalf of his films, including "Titanic" and "Aliens of the Deep." The "Avatar" sequel will reportedly be set in the fictional oceans of Pandora.
Later this year, the X Prize Foundation is expected to formally announce a $10 million award to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Trieste's dive. The winnings will go to the first privately funded sub to make two repeat manned descents to Challenger Deep.
Not content to earn more money than anyone in the history of moving pictures, HMFIC apparently wants an X Prize, too.
So how does taping the Mariana Trench help the Avatar film? Will it involve killing a big monster of the deep (like a similar scene in Beowulf) or something like that? Unless Jake Sully finds a way to deal with pressures like that, he's as good as dead.
But will this vehicle be manned? And if so, will James himself want to go down there for a peak?
My understanding was that he really got the short end of the stick on avatar revenue.
use your imagination people. the deepest part of the ocean is scarrier the going to outter space. plus we know nothing about our oceans and have only explored 5% of it. Im excited to see how he incoporates it into the sequel.
Kinda of interesting. We can spend so many billions to explore space and so few millions to explore what we don't know about our own planet.
We can't live in space for very long...and we have to live on this planet for a very long time!
priorities... gentleman, priorities!
Do you know how to do that thing we call reading? I hear if you do more than skim through an article before asking stupid questions, you won't look like such a 'tard...
Yes, it will be manned.
Not sure composites are the best thing for such huge pressure...maybe titanium would be a better idea...or better yet unobtanium :)))
why should he care for a 10 million dollar prize, he should be a billionaire from his movies
James Cameron is very rich. And your jealousy is dripping throughout this short article. You should probably get over it. Unless I missed something:
1) He didn't make his money by selling meth in the mid-west. Instead, he earned it by entertaining people.
2) All the people that worked on his films got paid REALLY well.
3) The people who see his movies CHOOSE to go.
4) Bashing someone who is legitimately rich, not having exploited people, is beneath a publication like Popsci (at least it was).
In the first Avatar movie the big bad space Marines got beat by the smurfs, in the next film they'll get beat by the snorks.
Once again...capitalism proves its worth for human exploration!
While I thought that Avatar was mediocre at best w/ stunning 3d visuals...I have to applaud Cameron for even taking the time to try this.
Clearly govt funding was taking the scenic route on this task.
btw...pretty d@mn funny comment, Cholin!
there is a difference between winning a contest and being greedy, the fame for winning doesn't relate to the money earn.
doesn't the author of the article have to respect the scientific achievement regardless of personal point of view?
Why is she bashing on James Cameron? Heaven forbid he wins the prize. She makes it sound like a team of inner city kids is also vying to build a submarine to win the X-Prize but big, bad Cameron is trying to beat them to the punch. Obviously some rich guy has to win the prize, who cares which rich guy it is? At least Cameron is doing it so everyone can see the results of said exploration.
The guy got his love of diving when he made the Abyss. He was in the water longer than any other crew member. He was always the last to leave the tank. He has admitted in an interview that the MAIN reason he made Titanic was so that he had an excuse to get into the water again. Just look. After titanic he spent the next 10 years of his life doing the real thing. Diving in the ocean. He probably wrote the sequel of Avatar in just a way so that he could get back into the water yet again.