Titanic 3D has won respectable third place this past weekend, having added $17 million to the 14+ year-old film’s nearly $3 billion gross. However, the release of James Cameron’s epoch-defining epic didn’t quite live up to the potential for “tweaking” that other directors would have utilized.
However, many people wondered what Titanic might have looked like had Cameron turned to George Lucas, J.J. Abrams, and Michael Bay for assistance with the remake?
The video shows real life iceberg chunks being thrown at the audience, a mysterious sea monster, a techno remix soundtrack, and guest action directors to give the original some much needed explosionsâ€¦ and storm troopers.
The addition of perpetual lens flare, a la Star Trek, really adds a lot, I think. And the unnecessary explosions from Michael Bay deliver all the excitement you can handle.
The video, uploaded on You Tube, has been watched millions of times and received plenty of comments.
â€śHa. It’s funny cuz Michael Bay likes to blow up stuff…â€ť says a You Tubeâ€™s user. â€ślol somebody REALLY had fun making that trailer,â€ť writes another. â€śThe FUNNIEST THING I HAVE EVER SEEN, i may have exaggerated,â€ť one more assures.
“Titanic,” James Cameron’s 1997 masterpiece returns to movie theaters on Wednesday, this time in 3D. It took a year and $18 million for Cameron and his producing partner, Jon Landau, to convert the movie to 3D. The company Stereo D completed the conversion.
â€śTo convert this movie to 3D required the work of over 300 artists working for about 60 weeks,â€ť Cameron told reporters.
â€śYou really have to outline by hand every single object, sculpt the faces, sculpt the clothing and all that and do it for every single frame. It’s incredibly time-consuming and labour intensive to do it right.â€ť
Cameron told CBS News it took 300 artists working for more than a year to “outline every object, every character, every feature on every face and do it for every frame.”
Cameron himself is fascinated by the wreck of the ship. He even took on the role of method director, diving to the Titanic wreck several times himself as research for his movie.
“When I dove the Titanic for the first time, well the first 12 times, it was to make a movie, to make this movie,” Cameron revealed.
“I went down there with a shot list, with lights and with cameras and all that. It can be a very, very powerful place and once I let that sink in, to coin a phrase, then I had something to share with the actors.”
A day before the “Titanic” 3D premiere in London, the director returned from the first-ever solo dive to the deepest part of the planet, the Mariana Trench, seven miles under the Pacific Ocean.
“It was exploring and storytelling. Those two things,” Cameron shared. “When I was a kid, I read voraciously, a lot of science fiction, a lot of fantasy. I used to draw and write stories and things like that, so I was taking it in and trying to find a way to put it back out in some form.”
In a 2010, Cameron explained his early love for science fiction and tales of exploration. â€śThe Jacques Cousteau shows actually got me very excited about the fact that thereâ€™s an alien world here on Earth,â€ť he said.
â€śI might not go to an alien world on a spaceship someday â€” that seemed pretty unlikely. But [the ocean] was a world I could really go to right here on Earth that was as rich and exotic as anything I had imagined from reading these books.â€ť