`Titanic` 3D will connect with old and young audience:producer

Mumbai: Fifteen years after it created history `Titanic` is re-entering the screens in 3D format and producer Jon Landau has great hopes from the new version, which he feels will connect with both the old and young audience.

Landau, who made a quick dash to India to promote the 3D film, feels that people here are more enthusiastic about James Cameron`s film.

"For me, it was very exciting to see the film in 3D. It was like watching it for the first time. Titanic reminds us why the cinema going experience is special. We wanted to introduce it to the old audience and also to the moviegoers who have seen it only on the small screen. There is this new audience which wants to discover it," Landau told PTI.

The producer, who brought the best film Oscar trophy that he won for the 1997 film with him here, does not want to divide the audience in Hollywood and Bollywood.

"I think we all are connected. Hollywood and Bollywood don`t make films for themselves only. We want to share it with the everyone. People in India enjoy going to theatres and I am sure they would love to see Titanic again."

The producer says both the stars, who have gone on to forge successful careers in Hollywood, were struck by how young they looked in the film.

"Leo and Kate watched the 18 minute of the 3D footage, separately. Their first reaction was `Oh My God`. How young I look...I am not like that anymore. But as they started watching the movie they forgot about it and were caught by the story."

Landau says it was a difficult task to go through every frame of the movie.

"We had a different approach to the conversion. We took 60 weeks, 300 people worked on it and we spent USD 18 million, which is the budget of a normal movie. James went through every frame. It was not a technical process for us, it was an artistic process using technology and I think that`s what the moviemaking is about," said Landau.

The producer says converting scenes where Jack and Rose, played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, have dinner was the most difficult.

"We faced problems not where we were looking for them. The most difficult scene to convert in 3D was when Jack goes to the dinner. With all that food and dishware on the table it was difficult going behind it. But I was struck how detailed the scene was," Landau said.

The film is releasing on April 4 as the world marks the 100 years of the drowning of the great ship on April 15, 1912. The producer says they wanted to remind people of the great tragedy by releasing it around the anniversary.

"We wanted to release the film during the anniversary so that people remember the tragedy which was avoidable. We should follow the lessons in our lives and not repeat those mistakes. It also serves as a metaphor for today`s world. As a society we have challenges and unless we change our course, we have an iceberg ahead."


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