In a time when Hollywood seems to be overdoing it with the 3D, one upcoming movie is getting the seal of approval – Titanic 3D.
Leonardo DiCaprio was in awe after watching Titanic in 3D and was amazed by how young he looks in the movie, according to producer Jon Landau.
Director James Cameron has updated the 1997 blockbuster using new technology and will release the rebooted historical drama next year to mark the 100th anniversary of the luxury liner’s fatal maiden voyage. DiCaprio watched newly-converted scenes on Sunday while meeting with Landau in Australia and was blown away by the finished footage – as well as his younger self.
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.
“That’s what we want to do. We want to drive people out of their homes and into the cinema… Our use of 3D is not to create a world coming out of a window, but to open a window into a world.”
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. Watch the trailer for Titanic 3D here.