James Cameron Screens Footage of 'Titanic' 3D, Says It's More Like 2.99D
James Cameron has brought Jack Dawson and Rose DeWitt Bukater from "Titanic" back. Along with his partner Jon Landau, the Oscar-winning director previewed an 18-minute long footage of the phenomenal 1997 movie, which has been converted into 3D version, at Paramount lot in Los Angeles.
There were eight scenes that were screened on Friday morning, October 28. They were including the moment when Jack and Rose meet at the Titanic's grand stairwell, dance at the steerage section, and kiss on the bow of the passenger liner. It also sees the vertical sinking of the elite ship after it struck an iceberg in northwest Atlantic Ocean on its maiden voyage.
"There are certain films that being brought back to the theater. There's a whole generation who haven't seen ['Titanic'] in theaters at all," said Cameron of why he decided to re-release the hit movie. "I think it looks spectacular. If I had 3D cameras at the time and there had been 3D theaters at the time, I certainly would have shot it in 3D."
"It's also just a way of reinventing the concept of a re-release and getting people to come back to theaters and commit that three hours and 15 minutes to go through the experience again," he added. He then noted that the the re-release of "Titanic" is not fully 3D because the original film wasn't shot in 3D, adding that it's more like "2.99D".
The "Avatar" director said that Leonardo DiCaprio, who played Jack, and Kate Winslet, who played Rose, haven't seen the 3D footage yet. Nonetheless, he has spoken to Winslet about the re-release project and said that the actress is "on board." He added that he hasn't talked to DiCaprio because the actor is currently busy filming "The Great Gatsby" in Australia.
The 3D version of "Titanic" cost $18 million for the production and required 300 artists and 60 weeks to finish. Cameron said that the re-dimensionalized movie will include no new material. Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Fox will re-release the film on April 6, 2012, just in time for the 100th anniversary of the RMS Titanic's maiden voyage on April 10, 1912.
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