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14th Jul 2023

Titanic’s James Cameron reportedly in talks to make drama series about Titan submarine disaster

Steve Hopkins

James Cameron

Matt Damon and Kumail Nanjiani are said to be on the “wish list” of actors for the potential project.

After making headlines with his comments about the Titan submarine disaster last month, reports now suggest that acclaimed filmmaker James Cameron is ready to make a drama series based on the tragedy.

According to The Sun, insiders say that the Oscar-winning director of Titanic is in talks with a major streaming network regarding directing a TV project about the fatal expedition. The disaster occurred weeks ago as the Titan submersible attempted to explore the wreckage of the sunken Titanic ship.

Days after the submarine went missing, the US Coast Guard announced that the vessel had suffered a “catastrophic implosion” and that all five passengers onboard were dead. The passengers were British billionaire Hamish Harding, 58, OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush, 61, French navy veteran Paul-Henri Nargeolet, 77, British-Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood, 48, and the latter’s son Suleman, 19.

Cameron is an expert on deep-sea exploration and has completed 33 dives to the wreck of the Titanic. In 2012, he also reached the Challenger Deep, the deepest part of the Mariana Trench and spent more than three hours exploring the ocean floor, becoming the first to accomplish the trip alone.

Last month, the filmmaker discussed the “prolonged and nightmarish charade” of hoping to find the passengers onboard the Titan submarine alive, stating that he knew they were dead soon after the vessel’s communications and navigation were lost.

Speaking about when news of the missing sub broke, Cameron recounted to the BBC: “I immediately got on the phone to some of my other contacts in the deep submersible community.

“Within about an hour I had the following facts; they were on descent, they were at 3,500 metres, heading for the bottom at 3,800 metres. The comms was lost and navigation was lost.

“I said instantly you can’t lose comms and navigation together without an extreme catastrophic event, a highly energetic catastrophic event. The first thing that popped to mind was an implosion.”

In regards to the reported potential dramatisation of the disaster, The Sun quotes an inside source as saying:

“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. 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.”

According to The Sun, the actors on the wish list for the series include Matt Damon and Kumail Nanjiani.

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