James Cameron Confirmed Titanic 3D & Avatar 2

Posted by on Jun 05, 2010 | Leave a Comment

At the D8 interview with Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, Director of Avatar James Cameron confirmed that Titanic 3D & Avatar 2 would be released.

Cameron was asked about the prospect of bringing a 3D uplift to his classic love story in the interview with Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg. He said “They’re converting Clash of the Titans in eight weeks. But I’m guessing six months to a year to do it right. We’re targeting spring of 2012 for the release (of a 3D version of Titanic), which is the 100 year anniversary of the sailing of the ship.

Cameron added. “There are ways to do it well and there are ways to do it poorly, and I think we have seen examples of both; mostly the latter.

The stunning images of How to Train Your Dragon are possibly the best example outside of Avatar of how 3D done properly can really add to a film. As comparison with the Clash of the Titans 3D experience was little more than cheap parlour tricks to jump on the 3D bandwagon.

Dissimilar Clash of the Titans however, Cameron assured that Titanic would be handled carefully and scheduled a Spring 2012 release of the 3D version to coincide with the centenary of the ship’s demise. Cameron intends his project to take at least six months; Clash of the Titans was blitzed for 3D in two weeks.

When asked whether other blockbuster classics would be renovated with a 3D treatment like The Terminator, Cameron was said: “It depends. We’re going to spend months and millions converting Titanic. But if we do lousy jobs of conversions, “pop-up book style”, that’s going to get old quickly.

The 3D movement has been set in motion, but Cameron is worried about that it has a revolution that if not handled properly, it could be very short-lived.

For its time Titanic was actually a quite technically advanced film. Most of the interior and exterior shots were totally computer generated, as was much of the water in the film. When re-processing the film for 3D some better options offers up for the reason that artists are working with digital images not to mention the improvements in visual effects and CGI which have taken place in the ensuing 13 years.
James Cameron made ‘Titanic’ during the 1997 which was highest-grossing film. After 13 years he makes ‘Avatar’ and this movie extended the borders of the box office. The 3-D movie featured staggering 2,500 plus special effects shots, set a new standard for movie-making technology and may have introduced in a big-screen revival in the process.

Cameron said, “We’re going to do Titanic in 3-D! We’ve already done a 90 second clip of it and it’s phenomenal and gorgeous, so that’s going to be the project for next year. It’s a conversion of it, not native photography; we can’t go back.

When asked about any of his previous works converting to 3D he said, “You know, we’ve thought about Terminator 2, which could be fun because I think that’s a film that stands the test of time for me. I think that Aliens was a really good film in its time, but visually it doesn’t quite hold up; we’ve kind of evolved beyond that now. I mean, for me it doesn’t. Terminator 2, I think, is the cusp of where it still holds up, through now. True Lies, I don’t think so; it doesn’t feel right to me. Titanic absolutely, slam dunk! I want to see it!

Watch video of interview of James Cameron at D8 Conference.

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