We told you yesterday about James Cameron's solo dive to the deepest point of the ocean at the bottom of the Mariana Trench, and asked whether we should even care about it since this is something that was accomplished 50 years ago. But this is the first time anyone has ever gone solo, and it's the first time anyone has brought with them the types of technology Cameron was carrying onboard. Word is Cameron will use this footage for a 3D documentary on the subject, but rumor has it he also went down there to shoot footage for his Avatar sequels (the first of which is due out in 2016), which will expand beyond the world we were introduced to in the first Avatar to include oceans and presumably the creatures who live in them.
Today the first footage of Cameron's dive has been released, featuring Cameron walking us through the experience, saying he felt as if he had traveled to another planet in the span of one day. "It was absolutely the most remote, isolated place on the planet," he said. "My feeling was one of complete isolation from all of humanity." Toward the end of the video Cameron describes the animals who live down there, saying they're mostly white and that some of them have no eyes at all. Cameron added, "It's a completely alien world."
Will Cameron use those creatures and what he's learned about them for those Avatar sequels? He recently told Popular Mechanics that, no, he won't use any of the footage for Avatar because "that's crazy," adding "There’s nothing I’m going to learn at the bottom of the Mariana Trench that’s going to in any way impact Avatar. I’m perfectly capable of imagining all the underwater creatures I need without seeing any more than I’ve seen in 40 years of diving." However, when you hear him speak in this video, it feels as if he's singing a different tune.
Guess we'll see, but in the meantime keep an, um, eye out for the character without any eyes.