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James Cameron to film some of 'Avatar 2' underwater in ocean during quest to win X-Prize?

09/20/2010 by Corinne Heller

James Cameron  speaks to OnTheRedCarpet.com in 2010. James Cameron has said he plans to set the sequel to Avatar in the oceans of his fictional planet Pandora and the director reportedly wants to travel 6.8 miles beneath the surface of the real ocean to shoot footage for the film and win a $10 million award called the X-Prize at the same time.

The X-Prize is given to pioneers in privately funded science and exploration.

Cameron has commissioned a submarine made from high-tech composite materials and powered by electric motors, which is supposed to be able to reach Challenger Deep, the deepest surveyed point in all of Earths oceans, Discovery.com said, adding that at seven miles down, it is deeper than Mt. Everest is tall. The area is located at the southern end of the Mariana Trench, about 190 miles away from Guam.

Cameron has not commented on the report. Avatar, a 3D blockbuster which tells of a soldier's change of loyalties amid a mission to take advantage of the natural resources of peace-loving aliens in a lush planet, is the highest-grossing movie ever made with some $2.7 billion in box office profits worldwide since it opened in December 2009.

Cameron told OnTheRedCarpet.com in April not to expect Avatar 2 before the end of 2013.

The director is an expert on underwater filming and remote vehicle technologies and had offered to help combat the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico but was turned down "graciously" by British energy giant BP.

Meanwhile, Cameron's 1994 film True Lies may be adapted into a television series as he has made a development script deal with ABC.


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