James Cameron responds to rumors of directing OceanGate’s Titan submersible movie – Hindustan Times

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July 16, 2023 2:23 PM IST

The Titan submarine disaster killed five people during their journey to the Titanic wreckage. It imploded near the ship’s wreckage on June 18.

Filmmaker James Cameron has responded to rumors he’s in talks to direct a movie about OceanGate’s Titan submersible tragedy. The accident, which took place last month, killed five people on their journey to the wreckage of the Titanic. The submarine imploded near the ship’s wreckage on June 18, killing all on board. (Also read | Internet furious at Netflix for re-releasing Titanic after the Titan submarine tragedy. Here’s what we know)

James Cameron talked about OceanGate.
James Cameron spoke about OceanGate.

James on making a movie based on OceanGate

James directed the 1997 Oscar-winning disaster drama Titanic, based on the sinking of the titular ship. James took to Twitter on Saturday and wrote, “I don’t usually respond to offensive media rumors but I have to now. I am NOT in talks about an OceanGate movie and never will be.”

Fans react to James’ statement

Commenting on his post, someone said, “People say he’s making a movie of this latest tragedy over the Titanic. He broke protocol to deny it.” One tweet read: “Much respect!” One Twitter user wrote, “If you don’t do it, someone else will. And it’s likely to get worse.” “You are one of my favorite directors James Cameron, I would never expect you to make an OceanGate movie, thanks for the clarification,” another person said.

James had talked about the Titan tragedy

In June, James responded to the Titan tragedy in an interview with ABC News: “Many people in the (deep-submergence engineering) community were very concerned about this submarine, and some of you know the top players in the community even wrote letters to the company stating that what they were doing was too experimental to carry passengers and needed to be certified etc. I am struck by the similarity of the disaster to the Titanic itself where the captain was repeatedly warned of ice for his ship and yet he steamed into an ice field at full speed on a moonless night. And many people died in the process.”

About Titan

Owned by OceanGate Expeditions, Titan had been mapping the decay of Titanic and the underwater ecosystem around it through annual voyages since 2021. Last month, the US Coast Guard said debris had been found during the search for Titan. OceanGate Expeditions CEO Stockton Rush, Shahzada Dawood and his son Suleman Dawood, Hamish Harding and Paul-Henri Nargeolet were killed in the implosion.

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