By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood May 6, 2014 at 12:01PM
DisruptiveLA has scooped up stateside rights to the documentary "James Cameron's Deepsea Challenge 3D," following the "Avatar" director's lifelong dream of becoming an explorer. As in his films, Cameron does nothing in small measure -- this doc captures him making history by becoming the first person to travel solo to the deepest point of the ocean (and planet).
Made in partnership with National Geographic and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the film is inspired, in part, by the fact that we know less about the deep oceans than we do about the surface of Mars. During the filming, Cameron took his unusual submarine on 13 dives, identifying 68 new species of life. History was made on March 26, 2012, when Cameron reached the Challenger Deep, which is an insane 35,787 feet (almost seven miles) beneath the ocean's surface.
Despite being concerned the sub would impolode, Cameron was nonetheless able to capture the lunar-esque landscape of the Mariana Trench in 3D. This footage is incorporated into the 90-minute film, which is co-directed by John Bruno, Andrew Wight and Ray Quint.
"Deepsea Challenge" arrives in theaters August 8.