Australian billionaire Clive Palmer plans 'Titanic' movie

BY PAUL MICHAEL CAMANIA JARAMILLO


BILLIONAIRE Clive Palmer is making a movie, set on his own Titanic II, which he says will be "a lot better" than James Cameron's award-winning epic.

Palmer has made waves with his bid to build Titanic II, a replica of the doomed luxury liner which sank more than a century ago, which is scheduled to make its first Atlantic crossing in 2016.

He tweeted:


The film will be set aboard the ship's 2016 journey from Shanghai, where the Titanic II is being built, to Southampton.

The premiere will coincide with the ship's maiden commercial voyage from Southampton to New York in 2017.

A script is already in the works.

"It's a fictional movie, but we're also doing a documentary about the building of Titanic II at the moment, there's film crews working on that."

He said the plot will have "some love in it", adding that he expected it to eclipse Cameron's Titanic.

"It should be a lot better movie than that." 

Palmer's Titanic II will feature modern modifications but try to remain as true as possible to the original, which went down after hitting an iceberg in 1912. He has said construction will begin next March in China.

An artist's impression of the Titanic II

Cameron's 1997 Titanic was the highest-grossing film in history until it was knocked off the top spot by another Cameron film, Avatar.

The original Titanic, which was built in Belfast, sank on its first trip from Southampton in England to New York, killing more than 1,500 passengers and crew.

Palmer, a larger-than-life character who made a fortune in mining, is also a real estate developer and tourism resort operator who is planning to build "the world's biggest" park of giant robotic dinosaurs at his Coolum Resort on Australia's Gold Coast.

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