Exclusive: Japan quake to slow down Avatar 2 filming?
Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Monday, March 21, 2011
Last September, Avatar creator James Cameron revealed that he had plans to film part of Avatar 2 at the deepest known part of the world, the Marianas Trench. At 35,996 feet below the surface of the western Pacific Ocean, its only been visited once by humans. Cameron said that he wanted to go down to the bottom of the trench to do research for the deep ocean lifeforms he wants to bring to life in the Avatar sequel, as well as to film scenes using special 3-D cameras. Cameron said that the special submersible that would take him to the bottom of the ocean was already half-built and being worked on in Australia.
That part of the story is known. What comes next has been revealed exclusively to Coming Attractions by a source that we know well.
According to our insider, the March 11 9.0 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Japan has put Cameron's dive plans in jeopardy. Hundreds of aftershocks have been felt since the first quake, and while the intensity of the aftershocks are of lesser strength than the original 9.0 quake, they will go on for an undetermined period of time -- perhaps for years. That's why Cameron's dive is now in jeopardy; the safety of the divers, including Cameron himself, may now be beyond a point where liability insurance will allow for.
Sending a manned expedition six-and-a-half miles down into the deepest part of the ocean is already a sizeable cause for concern. With this new element of jeopardy, it could be just enough to prevent James Cameron to call action live from the bottom of the sea floor.