For years we’ve been hearing about a possible 3D conversion for James Cameron’s unprecedented drama, Titanic. The director even spoke about it a little bit at last year’s Comic-Con, and now we’re hearing that he’s finally set a release date. The use of 3D has become a major deal-breaker for most Hollywood films and thanks to Cameron’s own Avatar the trend is showing no signs of stopping. So when can we expect to see Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet on that ill-fated ship again?
According to Hollywood.com, Cameron wants Titanic 3D to be in theaters by 2012, which would mark the 100th anniversary of the ship’s demise. Isn’t that nostalgic, but in a tragic kind of way? The director won’t just sit back and relax over the next 2 years working on the film, instead he plans on re-releasing Avatar as well. That’s right, the movie that’s still currently running in theaters with over 2 billion dollars in box office revenue will be released again!
He states, “The wildcard is that we might be re-releasing the movie this fall. It’s kind of gotten stomped out (in theaters since the release) of Alice in Wonderland. The word we’re getting back from exhibitors is we probably left a couple of hundred million dollars on the table as a result. The question is [is] the appetite still going to be there after the summer glut of movies. We’re going to assess that. We’re talking about maybe adding in additional footage and doing something creative.”
Can we miss Avatar for a minute? I understand Cameron plans on bringing something new to the table with additional footage, but that’s a tall order. The question shouldn’t be whether or not the summer glut of movies will destroy our visual appetite, Avatar can do that all on its own. In case you missed it earlier, the film is still in theaters and doing well. Just re-release Titanic, and let Avatar work its magic on DVD.
Would you see Titanic in 3D? Do you think Avatar should get a re-release so soon?