Avatar directed by James Cameron hit international screens in December 2009, which collected a whopping two billion dollars at the box office and to date has won 3 Oscars, 28 other wins and got nominated at least 58 times. If you think Avatar was as technically ambitious production as a director can imagine! Well, think again because it’s now been reported that director James Cameron is taking the Avatar sequel to the underwater worlds of Pandora & apparently he wants to shoot them 6.8 miles beneath the surface of the ocean. The director is also aiming to win the $10 million X-Prize at the same time if successful in achieving the desired depth.
The X-Prize is an award given to pioneers in privately funded science and exploration. It was previously given to the first team to build a privately funded, manned spacecraft and launch it out of Earth’s atmosphere. Now a new prize may go to the first private crew to make two manned dives to Challenger Deep, the deepest surveyed point in all of Earth’s oceans.
Twelve men have walked on the surface of the Moon and maybe 500 have traveled into space, but only Piccard and Walsh have visited the very deepest point of the ocean, a depth of 10,916m (35,814ft) where the crew spent 20 anxious minutes, which they reached on January 23, 1960.
The Challenger Deep Dive was one of the most extraordinary and surprisingly little known feats of human exploration in history, the voyage in a submarine to a place even more extreme than the surface of most planets as with every single meter of increase in depth the pressure of upper layers of the liquid increases.
Last weekend it was reported that Cameron has commissioned a bespoke submarine, built of high-tech, man-made composite materials and powered by electric motors, which will be capable of surviving the tremendous pressures at a depth of seven miles, from which he will shoot 3D footage that may be incorporated in Avatar’s sequel.
Riding high with the success of Avatar, the most successful film with box office collection of US $ 2 Billion, Cameron stands with such directors who can propose such extreme ideas and can execute to their financiers upfront. But such an act is not going to be a new adventure for Cameron as he shot the acclaimed deep sea documentaries Ghosts of the Abyss and Aliens of the Deep.