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Australian Clive Palmer pretty much defines the term "eccentric billionaire," from his grand plans to create an elaborate real-life "Jurassic Park"-style resort populated with animatronic dinosaurs to his long-gestating vision to build an exact replica of the Titanic, which is set for completion and its maiden voyage sometime in 2016.
But Palmer isn't stopping there. His latest plan is to turn the creation of Titanic II into a theatrical spectacle, complete with a 24-part documentary about the construction of vessel, followed by a fictional dramatic film set aboard the ship that includes a cameo from Palmer himself. The billionaire told Australia's Sunshine Coast Daily that details about a director and stars for the movie would be announced sometime late next year, and took the opportunity to make an eye-raising boast about the film's potential success.
"It will be about Titanic II's first voyage. It will be a bit of a love story, so bring a hankie along," he said. "It's going to be bigger than the first 'Titanic' from James Cameron. It's going to bring people together from China, Europe, the U.S. and Australia. It's going to bring about more peaceful co-operation and concentrate on what brings us together rather than what divides us."
Just how Palmer plans to overtake one of the most successful movies of all time is unclear, but you've gotta give the guy credit for committing so fully to his pipe dreams. After all, this is a man who's planning on naming his robotic dinosaur resort after himself -- Palmersaurus is set to complete construction in November -- and plans to launch a line of Palmersaurus-branded items including cereal, beer, rugs, precious metals and stones, towels, ice cream, and restaurants.
As for tempting fate with the Titanic II -- spoiler alert: things didn't exactly end well for its predecessor -- never fear. Palmer's Blue Star Line claimed the vessel will be "the most safe cruise ship in the world when it launches," and the billionaire himself is putting some infallible logic behind its construction.
"Of course it will sink if you put a hole in it, but it's not going to be designed with a hole in," Palmer told ABC Australia last year. "It's going to be designed so it won't sink and it'll be designed as a modern ship with all the latest technology to ensure that that doesn't happen."
But if it does, at least Palmer has an ending for his movie.
[via The Dissolve]