09/14/2010 02:49 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

'Avatar' Sequel: James Cameron Plans To Film At Deepest Part Of The Ocean, Mariana Trench

HOLLYWOOD director James Cameron is preparing to dive to the deepest point of the oceans as part of research for a sequel to Avatar, his 3-D epic.

He has commissioned Australian engineers to build a deep sea submersible which can reach the bottom of the Mariana Trench - 11,000m down in the western Pacific - after deciding to set the film in the turbulent waters of Pandora, an alien moon.

The vessel will be fitted with 3-D cameras designed by Cameron so that he can take unprecedented footage of such depths and, if he wants to, fill it with digitally created monsters for Avatar 2.

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