Wayfare Entertainment has committed to finance the $30 million 3-D underwater survival drama Sanctum that will shoot with James Cameron’s Avatar cameras and 3-D technology.
Variety says the film is expected to begin shooting in Australia late this year.
Alister Grierson (Kokoda) will direct from the script written by Andrew Wight and John Garvin. Wight, who has collaborated with Cameron on such documentaries as Aliens of the Deep and Ghosts of the Abyss, is the producer. Cameron is executive producer, along with Wayfare principals Ben Browning, Michael Maher and Peter Rawlinson.
Sanctum is a fictional drama inspired by Wight’s near-death experience when he led an expedition of 15 divers into a remote underwater cave system below Australia’s Nullarbor Plain, and then watched a freak storm collapse the cave entrance. It became a two-day battle to survive.