Epic voyage worth a second ticket
Jon Landau says a new experience, writes
REGARDLESS of whether you’ve seen Titanic or not, producer Jon Landau says seeing it on the big screen – and in 3D this time – will be a whole new experience.
The Oscar-winning producer behind Titanic and Avatar has been working with director James Cameron since 1994 and says they have long thought about making Titanic 3D.
‘‘Once we started working in 3D we said if we were to make Titanic again, we would make it in 3D,’’ he says.
‘‘So it was natural for us to want to try and convert it.’’
In the end, it took 62 ‘‘painstaking’’ weeks and $A17.14 million to convert the two-hour and 74 minute epic to 3D.
‘‘We believe with the 3D conversion it’s a new experience,’’ Landau says.
‘‘It’s a new experience for people who saw the movie in the theatre 15 years ago; it’s a new experience for people who have never seen it in a theatre.’’
Landau says when the film’s stars – Leonardo Dicaprio and Kate Winslet, who play two people from vastly different social backgrounds who meet aboard the ill-fated voyage – saw the 3D conversion for the first time, it took them by surprise. Dicaprio couldn’t get over how young he looked.
‘‘He had to get over that shock, because I don’t think he’s seen the film in 15 years, so going back and looking at himself was startling,’’ Landau says. Winslet had a similar reaction. ‘‘Kate giggled at first. She giggled when she saw herself and then she really giggled when she saw Leo.’’
Landau says Winslet was more excited about sharing the film with her children, who hadn’t seen Titanic before. Released in 1997, the film made $US1.8 billion at the worldwide box office – a figure surpassed only by Avatar.
Landau says Titanic was made to be viewed in a cinema.
‘‘This is not a movie you want to take in on your ipad, ’’ he says.
Its re-release is timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking, to remember the more than 1500 people who died in the icy waters of the North Atlantic on April 15, 1912.
During filming, they rebuilt 90 per cent of the Titanic, to 100 per cent scale. Landau recalls driving towards the studio and seeing the ship from the top of a hill.
‘‘(It was) there, resting against the ocean, in water, because we had a tank filled with water, and it was an incredible motivating factor everyday we went to the set,’’ he says.
Landau says films like Titanic aren’t made these days – watching the ship sinking in the film, as people are sucked into windows and lifeboats are lifted off decks, can’t be created with effects. ‘‘We built those sets,’’ he says. ‘‘Movies aren’t made that way any more. This is giving people an opportunity to see how an old-fashioned epic Hollywood movie that was made, now shows on the big screen.’’
Back on deck: Kate Winslet and Leonardo Dicaprio in