WASHINGTON — "Top kill" didn't stop the Gulf oil spill. How about something "titanic"?
Federal officials are hoping film director James Cameron can help them come up with ideas on how to stop the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The "Avatar" and "Titanic" director was among a group of scientists and other experts who met Tuesday with officials from the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies for a brainstorming session on stopping the massive oil leak.
The Canadian-born Cameron is considered an expert on underwater filming and remote vehicle technologies. "Avatar" and "Titanic" are the two highest-grossing films of all time.
James Cameron, who has perfected deep-sea camera work while filming The Abyss, Titanic and a host of underwater documentaries, has heeded the call of hapless government bureaucrats asking for his help in halting the worst spill in U.S. history.
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Who better than the King of the World to tackle the mother of all oil disasters.
Cameron and business partner, Phil Nuytten, a diving expert who has helped build submersibles for the Oscar winner, met this morning with officials from the Environmental Protection Agency, oil industry scientists and engineers for brainstorming sessions today in Washington, D.C.
How to cap BP's amok oil well off the coast of Louisiana, which has been dumping millions of barrels of oil into the waters since an April 20 explosion destroyed the Deepwater Horizon rig.
Virgina Cowell, a spokeswoman for Vancouver-based Nuytco Research, of which Nuyton is the head, confirmed the meeting took place but did not have further information.
It's belived, however, that Nuyton and the Avatar helmer talked about ways in which deepwater technology, including remote vehicles, could possibly do what BP's "top kill" procedure couldn't—stop the torrent of oil from spoiling the Gulf Coast and adjoining wetlands.
"I know Phil is a total out of the box thinker so we'll see what comes of it," Cowell said.
A rep for Cameron was unavailable for comment. But it was just last month the director's name surfaced along with Kevin Costner and Robert Redford among the celebrities trying to lend a hand to stem the flood of oil.
I'm sure some people will mock this, but I have to say it is actually one of the best ideas they've come up with. James Cameron has spent more time having to create new "out of the box" solutions for shooting underwater than pretty much anyone. Also, it's rather apt that his first big foray into it was over 20 years ago for The Abyss, which was actually about a deep-sea submersible oil drilling platform. He also shot huge portions of Titanic underwater at the actual wreck, which required a lot of work with remote control robot submersibles, amongst other things.
Seriously, these folks are the ones who aren't going to be tied to old or traditional ways of doing things the way the oil companies are......they LIVE outside of the box, which means they are much more likely to come up with a new solution to what is really an ongoing problem. Hell, I'd even have to give Kevin Costner some props for having had the experience of shooting Waterworld....the movie might have sucked, but he certainly had to put in a lot of time out on the open ocean as well as underwater filming to make it happen.
I approve of this plan.....but if George Lucas comes in and tries to turn it into a video game with action figure merchandising, I'll be way pissed. ;p