James Cameron is planing to release Titanic in 3D next year to mark the 100th anniversary of the ship’s fatal voyage. After watching the newly edited 3D scenes, Leonardo DiCaprio was apparently blown away by the film and amazed by how young he looks in the movie.
Producer Jon Landau recalls, “Leo, who was 20 when he shot the film, was at first very verbal when he saw the 3D version. He kept saying, ‘I don’t look like that anymore,’ but then he became absorbed into the film as if he’s seeing it for the first time.”
Landau also reveals the painstaking process of converting to 3D took Cameron and his effects staff 60 weeks, telling the Hollywood Reporter, “We’re treating each shot as a special effect shot. Our team and Jim Cameron are looking at it in a frame-by-frame basis… to use 3D to enhance the storytelling and to enhance the audience experience in the theatre.”
Titanic won 11 Academy Awards in 1998 and was the highest-grossing film ever until it was dethroned by Cameron’s sci-fi epic Avatar.