Jennifer Lawrence Taking 'The Dive' for James Cameron

Sunday, 18 January 2015 19:24 Written by  iamrogue
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Jennifer Lawrence Taking 'The Dive' for James Cameron

Jennifer Lawrence is reuniting with the director of 75% of The Hunger Games franchise for The Dive, a tale of love, tragedy, and extreme sportage that's long been a pet project of James Cameron's.

For a long time, Cameron planned on directing the story of free-diving couple Pipin Ferraras and Audrey Mastre, but that was before he committed himself wholly to Avatar sequels, the trilogy that he just revealed will be a year longer than in the making.

When Big Jim went whole hog on Pandora, there was talk of Martin Campbell taking over, but it turns out Francis Lawrence is lining up The Dive to direct after he finishes up The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2.  And according to The Wrap, Lawrence is sticking by the other Lawrence (no relation), who he's directed in each Panem adventure since Catching Fire.

That franchise ends next November, but the whole Mockingjay two-parter was shot as one big production.  While the director is in post-production, the Oscar-winning actress will be busy with X-Men: Apocalypse and David O. Russell's Joy, the true story of the single mother who invented the Miracle Mop.

Though Cameron's not directing, he will still produce the film, along with Lightstorm Entertainment partners Jon Landau and Rae Sanchini. Barry Josephson is also on board as a producer.

The most recent draft of The Dive's script is written by Dana Stevens, one of the writers behind the Nicholas Sparks adaptation Safe Haven, as well as City of Angels and the CBS series Reckless.  Prior drafts were penned by J. Michael Straczynski, who contributed to the scripts for Thor, Underworld Awakening, and Ninja Assassin.

The Dive follows the true story of Francisco “Pipin” Ferraras and his wife Audrey Mestre, a married couple who practiced a dangerous form of free-diving involving holding one's breath down to a record depth and resurfacing no worse for the wear. 

In 2002, Mestre, who held the female world record by diving to 427 feet, died tragically in an attempt to free-dive to 545 feet.  Cameron, who previously courted Salma Hayek to play Mestre, actually filmed Ferraras's commemorative free-dive done in her memory a year after his wife's death.

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