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Japan Aftershocks May Stall Cameron's Avatar Deep-Sea Dive

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood March 22, 2011 at 11:36AM

In the wake of Japan's 9.0 earthquake, underwater maven James Cameron may have to wait a while before he executes his planned 6.5 mile submersible dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench off the coast of Japan for the Avatar sequel, reports Slate (via Coming Attractions). Aftershocks are the issue.
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In the wake of Japan's 9.0 earthquake, underwater maven James Cameron may have to wait a while before he executes his planned 6.5 mile submersible dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench off the coast of Japan for the Avatar sequel, reports Slate (via Coming Attractions). Aftershocks are the issue.

Cameron had hoped to check out deep water marine life forms as inspiration for Avatar 2, as well as film down there with 3-D cameras which are under construction in Australia. But this is unlikely to slow down production on the film. And the explorer has already seen more deep ocean life than most humans on the planet (Ghosts of the Abyss).

This article is related to: In Production, Franchises, Directors, James Cameron, Avatar


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.