Titanic director James Cameron is reportedly in talks to create a drama series based on the Titan submarine disaster. “Not that anyone is surprised to hear this but it could happen and would be a big box office success” says red carpet reporter Mark Boardman.
Five passengers aboard the Titan submersible which went missing last month are believed to have died after an implosion during a journey to explore the wreckage of the Titanic.
The OceanGate submersible lost contact with its support ship on June 18, and the implosion is believed to have happened shortly after this.
After the disaster, Cameron was open in admitting he had ‘predicted’ the outcome, and insisted OceanGate were ‘warned’ of ‘catastrophe’.
It has now been claimed a streaming network has approached the director, 68, to tell the story of the doomed expedition.
A source said: ‘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.’
The insider continued to The Sun: ‘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 publication notes Hollywood stars Matt Damon and Kumail Nanjiani are on the wish list for the drama.
This comes after Cameron told BBC News he predicted the outcome of the ill-fated submersible days before the news was confirmed.
‘I felt in my bones what had happened,’ he said.
He explained: ‘I immediately got on the phone to some of my contacts in the deep submersible community. Within about an hour I had the following facts. They were on descent. They were at 3500 metres, heading for the bottom at 3800 metres.
‘Comms were lost and navigation was lost, and I said instantly, you can’t lose comms and navigation together, we’re now at an extreme catastrophic event, a highly energetic catastrophic event. And the first thing that popped to mind was an implosion.’
He elsewhere compared the tragedy to the ‘Titanic disaster itself’, saying: ‘People in the community were very concerned about this sub.
‘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.’
The film director went on to say that he was ‘struck by the similarity of the Titanic disaster itself’, when the captain of the ship ‘was repeatedly warned about ice ahead of his ship’, but still ‘steamed at full speed into an ice field on a moonless night’, resulting in hundreds of deaths.
‘For a very similar tragedy, where warnings went unheeded, to take place at the same exact site, with all the diving that’s going on all around the world, I think it’s just astonishing. It’s really quite surreal,’