Martin Campbell Now Set to Take a 'Dive' Instead of James Cameron

March 21, 2012
Source: Deadline

Martin Campbell

James Cameron's underwater escapades are well-documented. The innovative blockbuster director is even about to dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench for a National Geographic documentary called Deepsea Challenge. But there's one water-related project he let slide down the drain. Casino Royale helmer Martin Campbell will now direct The Dive, the fascinating true story of Francisco Ferreras and his wife, Audrey Mestre, a free-diving couple who achieved world records in reaching crazy depths with only the breath in their lungs. Mestre died in a tragic accident when she hit 557 feet and couldn't return to the surface in time.

Deadline tells us that prolific screen and comic writer J. Michael Straczynski is writing the script for this for 20th Century Fox. There's no official reason why Cameron isn't directing, but perhaps he's busy collecting sea evidence to inform his upcoming Avatar sequels. After all, he does have four years before they'll hit theaters, so that's plenty of time to cruise around the bottom of the ocean and get some ideas for visualizing the underwater terrain on Pandora. Cameron will still produce The Dive, though, alongside his partner Jon Landau. Sounds like an interesting deviation from Campbell's previous work, so I'm interested to see how he'll portray the aquatic environment on film.

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