Titanic is being re-released theatrically this week, just in time for the 100th anniversary of the historical sinking of the Titanic in the frigid waters of the North Atlantic.  In 1997 James Cameron’s Titanic took the movie-going world by storm and became the most successful film of all time, grossing a whopping $1.8 billion.  Titanic is ready to sail again 15 years later to a cinema near you, this time in 3D.

Cameron (seen above directing Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio), originally filmed Titanic with a relatively classic shot selection, so the 2d print lacks the jarring “stuff coming at you” visuals found in some 3d-intended genre pics.  Cameron has gone to great lengths in this version to assure that his original work is enhanced by the addition of a 3rd dimension, but not so much as to cheapen the $200 million, 11 Acadamy Award-winnig classic.

Paramount will launch Titanic 3D in 2,600 theaters domestically, while 20th Century Fox will handle the film in foreign markets, including Japan, where the movie was a gargantuan hit.  (Paramount and Fox have partnered on the 3D project).  Other movies have had successful 3D redos recently including Disney’s Lion King and George Lucas’ Star Wars: Episode 1.  Will it be smooth sailing for Titanic 3d, or will Hunger Games keep Cameron’s ship from reaching its intended port?

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