James Cameron Denies Rumor He’s Making OceanGate Movie – James Cameron has refuted speculations about his involvement in an OceanGate film. The renowned Academy Award winner clarified via his Instagram Story on Saturday that, contrary to rumors, he has no plans to participate in a movie centered around the company responsible for the Titan submersible, which suffered a catastrophic failure while exploring the Titanic wreckage last month.
“I don’t respond to offensive rumors in the media usually, but I need to now,” the filmmaker wrote to his Instagram fans. “I’m NOT in talks about an OceanGate film, nor will I ever be.” Additionally, the director of Titanic expressed a similar sentiment on Twitter. His response comes in the wake of articles from the Daily Mail and The Sun suggesting that Cameron had been approached for a television series revolving around the disaster involving the Titan submersible.
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On June 22, a search for the missing submersible that was traveling to the site of the Titanic wreckage ended when debris was found on the ocean floor that likely was caused by a “catastrophic implosion,” assumed to be that of Titan. On Father’s Day, the Titan submersible, carrying a total of five individuals, vanished and experienced a catastrophic implosion.
Among those on board were Stockton Rush, 61, the CEO of OceanGate; Shahzada Dawood, 48, a British Pakistani billionaire; his son Suleman Dawood, 19; Hamish Harding, 58, a British billionaire; and Paul-Henri Nargeolet, 77, a renowned Titanic expert. Days later, the U.S. Coast Guard revealed that “presumed human remains” were recovered while searching through the wreckage.
What was believed to be remains “were carefully recovered” within the wreckage, and the Marine Board of Investigation (MBI) transported them for further analysis and testing. After OceanGate announced that the passengers were presumed dead, Cameron told ABC News that the diving community was “deeply concerned” about the submersible’s safety even before the expedition.
“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 it needed to be certified,” he said in June. Cameron further expressed his inability to overlook the parallels between the recent incident and the historical tragedy of the sinking of the Titanic in 1912.
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“I’m struck by the similarity of the Titanic disaster itself, where the captain was repeatedly warned about ice ahead of his ship, and yet he steamed at full speed into an ice field on a moonless night and many people died as a result,” he said. “For us, it’s a very similar tragedy where warnings went unheeded,” he added. “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.”