Photographs of $220 million Chinese Titanic replica is starting to come together
If Hollywood decided to reboot James Cameron’s ‘Titanic’, I’d shrug my shoulders and say… ‘That seems about bloody right’. But if someone was to rebuild the Titanic as an exact replica for a Chinese theme park, I’d say, ‘that is bloody insane!’ Well that is what’s happening over in China right now and it’s costing an estimated $220 million.
To be fair, they did work out it would cost less than remaking the movie which cost a whopping $280 million AUD back in the 90s. A cheeky $220 million on a replica ship for a Chinese theme park seems like a bit of a weird spend. But hey, each to their own. I still find rebooting Titanic without Leonardo DiCaprio wrong.
The exact replica is being built from the original plans, from its size to tiny details such as decorations. As John Hammond said in Jurassic Park, ‘spared no expense’! It’s being built in Suining, China and when finished, it will be moved to Romandisea Seven Star International Cultural Tourism Resort in Sichuan.
The big hairy question that keeps popping up is why? A spokesperson for the company has said that it would give guests a ‘spiritual satisfaction’. But this was probably when the initial plan was to make it an interactive scenario where guests would relive the moment when the iceberg hit. What!? After a bit of thought though this idea was scrapped for being potentially insensitive and too traumatic for guests. A bit of bloody common sense won out on that one.
At the end of the day this really does feel like a person/organisation with too much money on their hands having a bit of fun. Or potentially the most f**king expensive DIY hobby build of all time. We’ve all thought about re-building the Millenium Falcon but not once would we ever build it to scale…actually that is a great f**king idea! Next summer project is sorted, maybe these blokes do know what they’re doing.
Also, never underestimate the amount of historical nuffies that froth on this stuff. Naval museums are a big drawcard for a certain type of individual so potentially it will find an audience. Time will tell I guess.
Final Thought: At the end of the day it is impressive s**t, and you’ve got to give it to them…no one else seems crazy enough to do it. Next time I’m pottering around Sichuan I’d be lying if I wasn’t thinking of Googling the Romandisea Seven Star International Tourism Resort. Actually no! That is too hard to write and a wordy f**king title! Hard pressed to remember that mouthful in a few years time. But hopefully there is a pamphlet or a brochure or something lying around when the time comes.
And one final negative when this all finishes up. Think about all the d**kheads that are going to spread their arms, scream ‘I’m the King of the World’ and then flood social media with that s**t. That’s not ‘spiritual satisfaction’ that’s a kick in the d**k every time I open Facebook.
H/T: DailyMail UK