Cameron Dives Deep For Avatar Sequel

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September 12, 2010 | 9:50am EST

James Cameron is set to explore the deepest point of the ocean to film footage for his Avatar sequel.
The film-maker has decided to set the follow-up to his hit blockbuster beneath the waves – and he’s commissioning engineers to build a special vessel to travel 36,000 feet to the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific.

The two-seater submersible will be fitted with a heating system and 3D cameras to capture pictures of the depths for the movie, expected to hit theatres in 2014.

Cameron, who has long had a passion for diving, is hoping to begin preparing for his mission later this year.

He says, “We are building a vehicle to do the dive. It’s about half-completed in Australia.”

If he is successful, Cameron’s team will be only the second to ever visit the Mariana Trench. In 1960, it took a scientist and a navy lieutenant five hours to descend to the floor, where they spent just 20 minutes before re-emerging.