Adventurous movie director gets ready for deep dive

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Hollywood director James Cameron may be close to making a dive to the deepest place on Earth. In a one-man submarine, he plans to dive seven miles down beneath the waves to the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific Ocean.

There has only ever been one manned dive there, and that was half a century ago.

“We are there to do science, but we are also there to take the average person who only imagines these things and show them what it is really like,” James Cameron told BBC News.

“The Abyss” and “Titanic” director has had a long-standing obsession with the oceans, but now he has created for himself the ultimate part.

In a prototype submarine, called the Deepsea Challenger, that fits just one person, he plans to make the first manned mission to the bottom of the trench in 50 years.

He says he came up with the idea while he was using submersibles to film a documentary on the wreck of the Bismarck, a German battleship that lies 17,500 feet underwater.

Click here for the full report and click here for an animation segment on what Cameron will find at the bottom.