For many years now, there has been talk of James Cameron making The Dive, a film following the tragic true story of how an attempt at a record-breaking dive took the life of Audrey Mestre. However, he left the directing duties. Well, it may have found a replacement... and a lead.
Back in 2012, Cameron departed from the project, as a director, however, he decided to remain on-board as a producer. So, he'll still have a heavy hand in what happens with this during production and how this film turns out. Now, director of the last three The Hunger Games films (from Catching Fire onwards), Francis Lawrence has signed on to take over helming responsibilities and he'll be reteaming with his Hunger Games star for the film.
The Wrap broke the news, reporting that Oscar winning actress Jennifer Lawrence will be reteaming with the director that has helmed three out of four of the films from the franchise that, basically, put the actress on the map - making her as HUGE as she is today. She's set to play Audrey, "who died during an attempt to beat her own world record of 557.4 feet."
Based on the true love story, The Dive will follow free diving couple Francisco 'Pipin' Ferraras and his wife Audrey Mestre (Lawrence). The two broke many records, with the latter having broken several. However, Mestre lost her life when attempting a record-setting breath dive, of over 500 feet. She was only 28 years old.
It's not surprising to think that Jennifer has been pulled up for the film. Not only will it reunite her with a director that she has already worked with, for the large majority of The Hunger Games, but the film is also set up at Fox; where she already has a couple of projects going - David O'Russell's Joy and Bryan Singer's X-Men: Apocalypse (which will supposedly revolve heavily around her character Mystique too). Mestre would certainly be an interesting role for the actress but I'm interested in seeing how it ends up.
The current draft of The Dive is being penned by J. Michael Straczynski, based off of the original draft by Laeta Kalogridis, who worked with Cameron on both Avatar and Battle Angel. A release date is currently unknown. Of course, stay tuned here as we'll keep you updated on things.
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Founder of Oasis Awais, and avid lover of life, Awais Irfan's love of writing and film is unequivocal. Ever since he was a little kid, he has loved the cinematic experience; so much so, he is studying Film Production in Glasgow and hopes to be the next "big thing" in directing.