Word on the street is that one of Hollywood’s most famous directors is headed to the ocean’s most mysterious trench.

Last Tuesday he warmed up by completing the deepest solo mission during a test dive off Papua New Guinea, travelling a record-breaking 8.2 kilometres below the surface.

It’s all in preparation of becoming the first human to visit the Mariana Trench’s Challenger Deep, an 11 kilometre deep trench in the Pacific Ocean, in over 50 years.

In a sub he’s designed himself, dubbed the DeepSea Challenger, he’s expected to spend six hours on the seafloor, collecting a grab bag of animals, data, and other specimens, and filming his journey with several 3-D, high-definition cameras and an eight-foot-tall (2.4-meter-tall) array of LED lights.

But traveling that deep is no easy feat, and comes with a lot of pressure — literally. On the sea floor, Cameron’s sub will experience water pressures approaching 16,000 pounds per square inch.

Cameron acknowledged the unknown dangers and risks of the future dive.

“When you’re making a movie, everybody’s read the script and they know what’s going to happen next,” said Cameron. “When you’re on an expedition, nature hasn’t read the script, the ocean hasn’t read the script, and no one knows what’s going to happen next.”

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