4. The Abyss
On Film: Jim Cameron’s undersea epic sees rough-and-tumble civilian diving team tasked with locating a downed nuclear submarine.
Turns out the chasm they’re exploring is also home to a powerful alien aquatic species none too happy with the way mankind has been screwing with the world.
On Stage: Cameron insists on being involved at every level, building entirely new technology that will allow the entire auditorium to flood at a moment’s notice.
Sadly, his technical perfection means that the first night ends somewhat soggily when the place fills up within seconds resulting the loss of the entire audience.
Likely Lyric: “We have stood along the sidelines, we have watched you foul this world. But now we cannot stand it, cannot wait one minute more, we’ll sink your little cities from our comfy ocean floor.”