Yesterday, James Cameron unveiled 20 minutes of footage from the 3D conversion of his film Titanic to reporters in New York and during the presentation he stated that outside of the 3D conversion of the film he would be making no changes to the Academy Award-winning film.
We’re not changing a frame. The ship still sinks. It ends the same way.
Cameron cited George Lucas’ perpetually updating of his Star Wars films as something he wanted to avoid, even it meant having to live with some special effects work that he now considers “cringers.”
I see that as the example of what I don’t want to do. I don’t mean that as a slam. [Lucas] considers his movies a perpetual work in progress. For me, the problem is, once you pull that thread, it all unravels. Where do you stop?’
For Cameron, the conversion, which comes with a price tag of $18 million, is more about re-presenting the film for theatrical audiences and to experience the story in a new way than it is about just updating the visual look of the film.
I think the film holds up pretty darn well. In 3D, it becomes kind of a new experience… It’s a much more intimate and involving experience both with the characters and with the physical space.
The film is set for release on April 12, 2012 to mark the centennial of the luxury liner’s infamous sinking.