3D Titanic to hit cinemas in April
If you somehow missed it the first time, you are in for a treat. The disaster romance Titanic will hit screens in Hong Kong and around the world again in early April - this time in 3D.
The 1997 American movie, featuring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, will be reproduced in 3D to mark the centenary of the sinking of the ill-fated superliner and the 15th anniversary of the film next year.
Producer Jon Landau said the idea of a 3D version began six years ago. The crew tried 12 companies and invested US$18 million for the conversion, which will take 60 weeks.
'The film wasn't intended to be in 3D,' said Landau, who is in Hong Kong to promote the movie. 'But Jim's [director James Cameron] style that he took for Titanic lends itself very much for 3D ... it's with the wider lenses, it's with different things going on in multiple planes.'
The film's record-breaking box office takings of US$1.8 billion stood for 13 years, until Cameron's Avatar broke his record with US$2.7 billion.
Professor Cheuk Pak-tong, director of Baptist University's academy of film, said computers could simulate the 3D effect for old films, but they would not be as convincing as new films shot in the 3D format. 'The audience may not accept this.'
But Landau remains optimistic, saying there was a whole generation of cinema-goers who had not seen Titanic on a big screen.