James Cameron’s Titanic gets a remastered, 3D 4K limited theatrical re-release in celebration of the iconic film’s upcoming 25th anniversary.
James Cameron’s epic drama Titanic is headed back to theaters for a limited-time 3D 4K re-release.
Per Deadline, Titanic will return to cinemas in early 2023. The theatrical re-release of the newly remastered film comes in celebration of the 25th anniversary of its worldwide debut in late 1997.
Titanic stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as two star-crossed passengers on the eponymous ship during its ultimately tragic maiden voyage across the Atlantic. The period romance marked a decidedly abrupt shift from Cameron’s previous sci-fi and action films. Titanic also proved to be the director’s biggest success, becoming the highest-grossing film of all time with a worldwide total of $2.195 billion. Its 2012 3D re-release in recognition of the centennial anniversary of the original ship’s foundering made gave Titanic the distinction of being the second film to reach $2 billion at the box office twice.
Cameron’s upcoming release, Avatar: The Way of Water, is the first in a series of long-awaited sequels to his 2009 breakout hit Avatar. Development for the first film began all the way back in 1994, though production was consistently delayed due to the technical limitations of the time. By Avatar‘s third week in theaters it surpassed the $1 billion mark, becoming the fifth film to ever do so. The planned sequels were initially announced a week before Avatar premiered, with the first of four finally hitting theaters later in 2022.
Disney recently released a synopsis of Avatar: The Way of Water, informing audiences that the film is “set more than a decade after the events of the first film” and “begins to tell the story of the Sully family (Jake, Neytiri, and their kids), the trouble that follows them, the lengths they go to keep each other safe, the battles they fight to stay alive, and the tragedies they endure.”
Returning Avatar star Zoe Saldaña previously opened up about seeing the film and its impact, explaining, “It’s powerful, it’s compelling. I can get choked up just talking about it, because I was able to see just 20 minutes of the second installment, right before the year ended, last year, and I was speechless. I was moved to tears.” She also commented on the advances in underwater motion capture made to facilitate Cameron’s vision for The Way of Water. Saldana said, “He was finally able to crack that challenge… That was just a challenge that he had taken upon himself and it took him years… and he did it. He did it.”
Avatar: The Way of Water is slated to arrive in theaters on Dec. 16.
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