Filmmaker James Cameron seems to have two passions in his life -- making films and exploring the depths of the ocean. He merged those two loves back in 2005, when he directed a documentary entitled 'Aliens of the Deep,' but he's set to take things to another level with his plans for 'Avatar 2.'
Cameron has commissioned a team of Australian engineers to design and build a submersible vessel capable of taking him to the floor of the Challenger Deep -- the deepest location on Earth. To put that in perspective, the location Cameron wants to get to -- and film in 3D at -- is almost 36,000 feet deep. That's nearly a mile deeper than Mount Everest is tall ...
Plot details about the sequel to the mega-blockbuster aren't being revealed, but we do know that Cameron intends to spend time exploring Pandora's vast oceans in the follow-up. If all goes well, he may incorporate the Challenger Deep footage into 'Avatar 2.'
There are many challenges to pulling this off, however. Pressure at that depth is more than eight tonnes per square inch -- and as an article at the UK's 'Mail Online' points out, even the best Russian Military subs can only withstand a paltry 1,600 lbs per square inch. To get to the deepest point on the planet, Cameron will utilize a state of the art personal submarine far different than the Trieste -- the first manned vehicle to explore the same area of the ocean floor. The modern sub will look like something straight out of a science-fiction film -- complete with a huge resin bubble for viewing the outside world and motors that will power it along in the stillness of the deep.
Check out this video, which simulated what Cameron will be seeing once down there.
Clearly, there are a lot of variables at play when it comes to whether or not 'Avatar 2' will feature this sort of footage. The sub must be tested and rated safe for that depth and the camera technology would apparently need to be upgraded to work in such extreme conditions as well. However, if anyone has the time and money to make this happen, it's James Cameron. In the meantime, we'll just all have to wait and see if he can pull this ambitious goal off.