Paramount Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox and Lightstorm Entertainment jointly announced today that James Cameron's disaster epic TITANIC will be re-released worldwide on April 6, 2012!
The release, which also marks the 100th anniversary of the doomed Titanic setting sail on April 10th, will present the movie in 3D format for the first time ever!
Written, produced and directed by James Cameron, TITANIC was the highest-grossing movie of all-time when it first released in December 1997 before Cameron's own AVATAR (2009) beat it to claim the top spot instead. It is one of the only three movies to be received a record 11 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director (the other two were 1959's BEN-HUR and 2003's THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING), and also launched the careers of stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.
Here is what James Cameron have to say about the re-release in 3D version:
"There's a whole generation that's never seen 'Titanic' as it was meant to be seen, on the big screen. And this will be 'Titanic' as you've never seen it before, digitally re-mastered at 4K and painstakingly converted to 3D. With the emotional power intact and the images more powerful than ever, this will be an epic experience for fans and newcomers alike."
Additionally, here's a statement from Brad Grey, Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures.
"This new presentation of Paramount's top-grossing film is particularly special because 2012 is the 100th anniversary of our studio. Paramount has had the pleasure of introducing audiences to some of the all-time classics of cinema during that century of moviemaking and we cannot think of a better way to mark the occasion than with this re-release of 'Titanic'.'"
Fox Filmed Entertainment Chairmen and CEOs, Jim Gianopulos and Tom Rothman comments:
"Our 30-plus year relationship with Jim Cameron and Lightstorm has been enormously rewarding, from 'Aliens' to 'Avatar,' and the global phenomenon of 'Titanic' remains one of the greatest sources of pride in our history. We are pleased to allow a new generation of audiences to experience the film in its brilliant digital restoration in 3D."
Personally, I agree with James Cameron. TITANIC is meant to be experienced in the big screen. With the movie already digitally remastered and converted into 3D, this is certainly an extraordinary cinematic experience all over again.