September 13, 2010 04:19:34 GMT
The two-seater submersible will be used to take pictures of the upcoming movie from the bottom of Mariana Trench in the western Pacific.
James Cameron is set to explore the deepest point of the ocean to film footage for his "Avatar" sequel. The film-maker has decided to set the follow-up to his hit blockbuster beneath the waves - and he's commissioning engineers to build a special vessel to travel 36,000 feet (10,972 meters) to the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific.
The two-seater submersible will be fitted with a heating system and 3-D cameras to capture pictures of the depths for the movie, expected to hit theaters in 2014. Cameron, who has long had a passion for diving, is hoping to begin preparing for his mission later this year.
He says, "We are building a vehicle to do the dive. It's about half-completed in Australia." If he is successful, Cameron's team will be only the second to ever visit the Mariana Trench. In 1960, it took a scientist and a navy lieutenant five hours to descend to the floor, where they spent just 20 minutes before re-emerging.