James Cameron currently shooting Avatar sequel in Australia

by Adam Russett on September 22, 2010

It's been less than a year since James Cameron's epic "Avatar" was released in theaters, yet the Academy Award-winning director is already keeping his nose to the grindstone on the highly-anticipated sequel.

According to NewsOxy.com, Cameron is in the midst of shooting the second installment of the action-packed franchise in Australia, where he plans to descend to the depths of the Mariana Trench with a specially-constructed submarine. The news source reports that if the director is successful, he would make history as the second expedition to ever accomplish the difficult task.

MovieWeb.com reports that the submarine will be created from "high-tech, man-made composite materials and powered by electric motors, which will be capable of surviving the tremendous pressures at a depth of seven miles from which he will shoot 3D footage that may be incorporated in the sequel." This is hardly new territory for Cameron, as he also had invented a new "virtual" camera to shoot the original film.

While Cameron has enjoyed much success throughout his illustrious career – he skyrocketed to fame after writing and directing the Sigourney Weaver science fiction hit "Aliens" and the Arnold Schwarzenegger action-adventure "Terminator" – "Avatar" remains his most talked-about project.

It is also his biggest moneymaker. According to BoxOfficeMojo.com, the film has taken in more than $2.7 billion at the box office worldwide.

According to InsidePulse.com, the 3D version of "Avatar" will be available for purchase this December.

Cameron has won scores of awards for his work over the past several decades. Aside from being nominated for Best Achievement in Directing for Avatar, the Hollywood heavyweight took home countless statuettes for his epic romance "Titanic" at the 1998 Oscars.

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