Avatar sequel will be made 6.8 miles underwater in Challenger Deep

Tuesday, September 21, 2010, 20:24 by Tech Correspondent

James Cameron’s crew will travel in a submarine to Challenger Deep to shoot Avatar 2

Avatar broke all box-office records with its extra-ordinary 3D special effects and cinematography. And now Director James Cameron is all set to make sequel of Avatar. For this, he is busy building a submarine, which can dive nearly 11,000 m beneath the surface of the ocean, into Challenger Deep. If he is successful in building one, he could win a $US10 million X Prize and immediately shoot a scene for his sequel simultaneously. The Avatar sequel will reportedly be set in the oceans of Pandora, a planet from the first movie.

The submarine would be made of composite materials and powered by electric motors. The most important factor to be taken care off is that the submarine should be able to survive the enormous pressures experienced at 11 km below the surface of the ocean, where Cameron has planned to shoot 3D footage that would be incorporated into his sequel of Avatar movie.

James Cameron has commissioned Australian engineers to build a deep sea submersible which will be used for shooting in Challenger Deep. “We are using lightweight but very strong carbon composite materials and other advanced technologies very different from the Trieste, which was a hollowed-out cannonball,” Cameron told a news agency.

“We believe we have solved most of the technological challenges to returning to the Mariana Trench. The real trick now is to make such vessels lighter, cheaper and more attractive to industry,” he added.

avatar sequel underwater shoot in Challenger Deep

Photo: Avatar was a massive hit. The sequel will visit the oceans of Pandora

Once the submarine is built completely, it will be sent to explore the Challenger Deep, a 11,000m deep depression in the southern end of the Mariana Trench. This spot is the deepest known spot in the ocean in the entire world. It has been explored only once by humans.

Fifty years ago, Jacques Piccard and Don Walsh journeyed to Challenger Deep and since then nobody has dared to do so again. Later this year, the X-Prize will be awarded to the first privately-funded crew to complete two manned dives to Challenger Deep. A few remote-controlled vessels have gone back to the Challenger Deep, but no humans have been to the ocean so deep again. So, it’s a challenge and a great achievement for Cameron and of course he will bag X-Prize too.

Cameron’s new submarine is expected to be a two-seater, finned cylinder fitted with the latest 3D cameras and a heating system.

He said in an interview, “I think making another Avatar, or probably two, will not just be good business but also good for the environment because we want to get out the message about protecting what we have and making our world sustainable.”

The original Avatar film made almost $2 billion at the box-office. Let’s see how much its sequel would mint, which is not expected to reach the cinemas before 2014.

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