Hollywood has a long history of diving to morbid depths to develop timely disaster movies, but James Cameron has called the rumors that he is in talks to direct a film based on the demise of OceanGate’s Titan submarine “offensive.”
On Thursday, The U.S. Sun reported that Cameron was approached by a streaming service “to tell the story of the five men who died on the submersible last month.”
“The Titan disaster is already being looked at as a major series for one of the world’s biggest streamers — and James is first choice for director,” a source told The Sun. “It is a subject close to his heart. He told the story of the Titanic so compassionately it feels like a natural step for him to take this on.”
“Retracing the steps of those on board the Titan is a massive undertaking but there would be a lot of time, money and resources dedicated to it,” the source said.
The Sun went so far as to say that “actor Matt Damon is said to be on the wish list of actors for the project, as is Kumail Nanjiani, star of romcom The Big Sick.”
On Saturday, the Avatar director took to Twitter to squash the unsettling scuttlebutt.
“I don’t respond to offensive rumors in the media usually, but I need to now,” Cameron tweeted. “I’m NOT in talks about an OceanGate film, nor will I ever be.”
I don’t respond to offensive rumors in the media usually, but I need to now. I’m NOT in talks about an OceanGate film, nor will I ever be.
— James Cameron (@JimCameron) July 15, 2023
As BizPac Review reported, Cameron, a submersible expert who has visited the Titanic 30 times, claimed he predicted Titan’s implosion days before the debris from the missing submersible was found.
The search for the OceanGate vessel “felt like a prolonged and nightmarish charade where people are running around talking about banging noises and talking about oxygen and all this other stuff,” Cameron told BBC News. “I knew that sub was sitting exactly underneath its last known depth and position. That’s exactly where they found it.”
— BPR based (@DumpstrFireNews) June 23, 2023
“A number of the top players in the deep-submergence engineering community even wrote letters to the company saying that what they were doing was too experimental to carry passengers and that needed to be certified and so on,” he stated, calling the similarities between the Titan’s implosion and the Titanic’s infamous wreck in 1912 “surreal.”
“I’m struck by the similarity of the Titanic disaster itself, where the captain was repeatedly warned about ice ahead of his ship and yet he steamed at full speed into an ice field on a moonless night, and many people died as a result,” he said. “It’s a very similar tragedy where warnings went unheeded — to take place at the same exact site with all the diving that’s going around all around the world. I think it’s just astonishing, it’s really quite surreal.”
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