James Cameron’s affinity for nature and his background as a scuba diver will come to ahead in the upcoming Avatar sequel. According to the UK site, The Daily Mail the director plans on transporting the film’s story into the deep, blue seas of Pandora, and he’ll take unprecedented measures to do it (no surprise there).

Apparently, Cameron has commissioned a submarine made from high-tech composite materials that’s powered by electric motors. This personal submarine will dive deeper than any commercial subs out there currently being designed to dive up to a half mile down. The director will be following in the footsteps of explorers Jacques Piccard and Don Walsh, who dove their sub, the Trieste, into the Pacific Ocean’s Marianas Trench, a 1,600-mile-long, arc-shaped, undersea chasm east of the Philippines.

“Cameron will dive to the same place Piccard and Walsh did, known as Challenger Deep, located at the southern end of the Mariana Trench. At seven miles down, it’s deeper than Mt. Everest is tall.” There’s no word on how all this underwater footage will be meshed together with the CGI animation in the actual film. Motion capture is hard enough on dry ground, so the thought of working under water at these depths is terrifying. Maybe he’ll only use it for exposition?

What do you think of the Avatar sequel going under the sea?

Additional Source: Discovery News

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