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James Cameron Commissions Submarine To Visit Challenger Deep 285

frank249 writes "In January, on the fiftieth anniversary of the Trieste descent, the X Prize Foundation announced a $10 million prize for the first privately funded craft to make two manned descents to the bottom of Challenger Deep, the deepest surveyed point in the oceans. Now, James Cameron has announced he has commissioned a submarine capable of surviving the tremendous pressures at a depth of seven miles, from which he will not only try for the X prize but also shoot 3D footage that may be incorporated in Avatar's sequel."
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James Cameron Commissions Submarine To Visit Challenger Deep

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  • clever tax deduction (Score:3, Interesting)

    by SethJohnson ( 112166 ) on Friday September 17, 2010 @05:07PM (#33615234) Homepage Journal
    Oh, this guy just wants to have an adventure and take the cost of it out of his taxes. I doubt he'll get any usable footage, but the expedition will qualify nonetheless.

  • as a scientist (Score:3, Interesting)

    by nimbius ( 983462 ) on Friday September 17, 2010 @05:11PM (#33615284) Homepage
    i have to say, yeah, this is a spectacular piece of news for cameron and a great promo for his next film. "i want to shoot for the stars" is a great thrill, but the fact of the matter is, a submarine capable of withstanding 8TPI of seawater pressure is not the same as say, commissioning a rolls royce with a custom paint job. That is, just because you say it needs to happen, and you might throw "lots" of money at it, does not mean it will even get off the drawing board. The Soviet military once built a submarine called Komsomolets capable of a 1000 meter dive, but thats still roughly 8000 meters short of the target depth our television director wants.
  • by RevWaldo ( 1186281 ) on Friday September 17, 2010 @05:13PM (#33615312)
    "We're gonna re-re-re-re-remake Avatar right there (pointing at globe). No, not in the ocean, inside the ocean, in the heaviest, deepest, most brutal part - the MARIANA TREEEEENNCH! We're gonna call the sequal Avatar 2: BLOOOOD OCEAN!"

  • by D4C5CE ( 578304 ) on Friday September 17, 2010 @05:21PM (#33615390) [] is the kind of movie requiring some real submarine footage. The other one's Smurfahontas in CGI (quite an accomplishment nonetheless - that should be spared the sad sequel fate of Highlander) - so why would anyone risk their life (and/or sub) for what they could so convincingly render in 3D anyway?
  • Re:Sequel? (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday September 17, 2010 @05:23PM (#33615416)

    T3 was good, for approximately all of 5 minutes, the chase sequence that Arnold himself partially funded ($2 million? IIRC). Coincidentally, this is also the only part of the movie where John Connor (Nick Stahl) stays silent.

    T2 was better, but only in large part because of Linda Hamilton.

  • Re:Sequel? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by NeutronCowboy ( 896098 ) on Friday September 17, 2010 @05:24PM (#33615440)

    Terminator had a sequel, and a good one. Not sure why you think that Avatar shouldn't have one. There is potential there, much as there was in Star Wars after "A New Hope". And so far, Cameron seems to be able to actually tell a decent story, completely unlike Lucas.

    So I'm actually looking forward to an Avatar sequel.

    Now if we're talking Highlander....

  • by circletimessquare ( 444983 ) <circletimessquare&gmail,com> on Friday September 17, 2010 @05:30PM (#33615496) Homepage Journal

    meaning: the guy is not a hollywood idiot

    i mean shape memory alloy turned into a villain in t2? or superconducting islands of rock in the air? the man is a true science geek in the vein of anyone else writing here on slashdot

    so if anyone is going to get this thing built, with the money cameron has, he's going to do it, because he most certainly understands all of the objections you raised in your post. he is also diving fanatic, he got cameras to the titanic site, his technical and science acumen is outstanding

    a science geek and an extremely successful movie director. frankly, cameron makes me completely jealous

  • Re:Sequel? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by mark72005 ( 1233572 ) on Friday September 17, 2010 @05:41PM (#33615602)
    I found the IMAX "experience" entertaining, while at the same time thinking that if I watched this movie from my couch in 2D and 720p, I would have turned the dreck off halfway through.
  • by circletimessquare ( 444983 ) <circletimessquare&gmail,com> on Friday September 17, 2010 @06:06PM (#33615810) Homepage Journal

    because while i was editting it, i watched it, and it sucked. no one else saw it except me. i am my own worst critic. maybe if i let other people watch it, they might say its not all that bad. but i'm not ready for that. someday. maybe you can be the first to see it. i'm sure you will give it the care and fair appraisal you are obviously so full of (rolls eyes)

    i am not bitter about the experience. i tried to make a movie. it didn't go very well. oh well. all you can ask out of life is to try: it is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. how about yourself? have you ever tried to do something with your life? or are you afraid and scared in your basement, and find solace for doing nothing at all by picking apart people who actually do do something with their lives... the career of one of the most successful people in hollywood history, for example. pfffft

    "I'm just saying, being a failed artist is probably why you hate critics."

    there's nothing wrong with criticism. for example: i think the basis on which you judge cameron is baseless and lame. see? that's called criticism. can you handle it?

    "People like you, on the other hand, just want the kind of blind adoration you will never, ever get."

    projecting much? you wear your psychology on your sleeve friend. i do not need or want blind adoration. but ultranegative criticism of others, especially successful people, speaks of narcissism. you are not a critic. you are mindlessly negative narcissistic nobody. your criticism of one of the most successful men in hollywood offends me because it is completely without merit. you are completely without merit, and you think you have merit, merely because you criticize. no, this merely means you don't know how to do anything else except egotize your relationship with the world: "this man's successful offends me, because i am not successful. so i must tear him down"

  • Purpose? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by harlows_monkeys ( 106428 ) on Friday September 17, 2010 @09:25PM (#33616946) Homepage

    The previous X Prize challenges have all been in areas with obvious practical benefits. For instance, private space flight will open up a lot of industrial applications. High fuel efficiency cars are clearly of great benefit.

    Are there any known expected benefits to a private vehicle that can reach the Challenger Deep, or is any benefit purely speculative? Considering that this will be one of the more dangerous X Prize challenges, I'd hope they have some serious benefits in mind.

  • Re:Sequel? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by sharkey ( 16670 ) on Friday September 17, 2010 @09:53PM (#33617042)
    Speaking only for myself, I remember Linda Hamilton's tits.
  • by boxwood ( 1742976 ) on Friday September 17, 2010 @10:44PM (#33617258)

    Inspiration mostly. See some weird things and put them in the movie.

    What did you think he just made up all of the flora and fauna in the first one? A lot of the plants on Pandora are actually coral that lives underwater here on Earth.

    It was pretty cool seeing some plants in the movie and thinking "hey those look like those corals that hide when you touch them" and then see exactly that happen a couple of seconds later.

  • Re:Sequel? (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 18, 2010 @12:50AM (#33617724)

    Alien 3 was the best one of the lot (even with the problems with the director and studio). Very fatalistic, and much darker than either of the first two, and without the preachiness and Wynona Rider of the last one.

    The Alien versus Predator films are not Alien films, though. They don't exist in the Aliens Universe.

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