James Cameron Underwater Again with 3D Doc 'Deepsea Challenge'
Everybody knows about Titanic, James Cameron's most iconic water-related film that's getting a 3D re-release from Paramount next month. In between directing Titanic and Avatar, the award-winning filmmaker (who is also a pioneer in underwater camera technology) journeyed to the real Titanic in a 3D IMAX documentary called Ghosts of the Abyss and ventured to the sea floor again two years later in Aliens of the Deep. Now he's set to return to the oceans with a new 3D documentary called Deepsea Challenge, in which he partners with National Geographic to explore the world's deepest point - the Mariana Trench.
Cameron and his team have built a submersible that will allow them the opportunity to explore the trench for six hours nearly seven miles below the surface, the first extensive scientific exploration by a manned vehicle to the trench's lowest point. Cameron says:
“The deep trenches are the last unexplored frontier on our planet, with scientific riches enough to fill a hundred years of exploration. National Geographic, which has been exploring the world for nearly 125 years, is the ideal partner to help usher in a new era of deep-ocean research and exploration that supports leading scientific institutions in answering questions about the deepest, unexplored parts of the Earth. Our goal is to build a scientific legacy for generations to come. It’s also to inspire people across the globe to celebrate exploration and to explore with us online and through the media we produce.”
According to ComingSoon, who has the full press release, the documentary is being made for the National Geographic Channel, so unlike his other deep sea endeavors, it doesn't look this one is heading to theaters. (Bummer.) Filming begins in the coming weeks, and you can follow along with Cameron's progress by following @DeepChallenge on Twitter or heading to their Facebook page. Sounds pretty bold, right?