Why is converting movies so hard and what did it take to convert one of the worlds most successful films. The titanic ii, which is really what its called, is going to set sail in 2022, reportsusa today. Dec 11, 2017 it cost more to make titanic the movie than titanic the ship. Titanic is a 1997 american epic romance and disaster film directed, written, coproduced, and coedited by james cameron. While titanic is now the second highest movie ever, behind another james cameron film, avatar, it is still loved by millions and still. Its an undeniable fact that the 1997, 11 oscarwinner is an incredible technical achievement. Did the film titanic cost more to make than it did to build. There is a shot in titanic that i watched like a hawk. Entertainment attorney tom hanson also doubted that titanic is going to encourage studios to. Creating movie magic digitally is cost effective, and can cut production. All time box office adjusted for ticket price inflation.
Did the film titanic cost more to make than it did to. The titanic s maiden voyage began in southampton, england, with stops in france and ireland prior to sailing for new york and a total of 1,343 passengers and 885 crew. A nearly identical replica of the doomed ship is scheduled to make its maiden voyage in 2022, the atlanta journal. Fox studio executives and cameron reportedly fought.
James camerons titanic in 1997 james cameron was given the green light to make a blockbuster disaster movie based on the facts of the titanic. The ship was actually the film companies second choice, with the r. Twentieth century fox the final cut of titanic is 195 minutes long. Titanic 1997 the stories of the making of titanic could and have filled a book. Mar 28, 2018 but check it out the movie titanic cost more than the actual ship. The movie was shrouded in mystery, its script hidden from even the most probing. In 1997, titanic came out, and while the press was already saying it would be a flip because of the size of the budget it had, the fact is that titanic broke records, stayed on top for 14 weeks, and for 12 years, it was the highest grossing movie of all time. Mar 26, 2012 titanic is a 1997 american epic romance and disaster film directed, written, coproduced, and coedited by james cameron.
For studio films, the traditional safe bet is to spend major money on a. Time lapsed of the ship construction made for the titanic movie in 1997. James cameron did a very good job in making that movie. Ive read about private yachts less than half the size of the titanic costing that much to build. One of the most beloved films of the 20th century, titanic made james cameron king of the cinematic world. Titanic cost of making movies stunning special effects and lavish sets.
A fictionalized account of the sinking of the rms titanic, it stars. Interesting behindthescenes secrets about the titanic movie. Titanic 2, an exact replica of the original, will set sail. From transformers to avatar, 50 most expensive movies. The full scale titanic built for james camerons titanic. After making a ton of money back in 97 and 98, the film saw a. James camerons full scale titanic and 5 other incredible. Budget numbers for movies can be both difficult to find and unreliable. A seventeenyearold aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, illfated r.
In one apparently uninterrupted piece of celluloid, we see the ship from bow to stern, every foot of it, with flags flying and smoke coiling from its stacks, and on the deck hundreds of passengers strolling, children running, servants serving, sportsmen playing. It cost more money to make the movie titanic than it did to actually construct the original ship. Today with ballooning budgets for everything from justice league to pirates of the caribbean. Titanic in 1912, the titanic, a steamship in englands white star line, set out on its doomed maiden voyage, with 2,227 enthusiastic passengers and crew members on board for the history making trip from southampton, england, to new york city. The deal has gone down as one of the most remarkable in motion picture history, and an embarrassment for fox, given that titanics budget. Upon its release on december 19, 1997, titanic achieved. Titanic facts every super fan should know titanic movie.
He said, im going to make the best version of this movie possible, and youre going to see it all incamera. James cameron didnt believe in converting movies to 3d, until he created titanic 3d. Dec 19, 2017 7 reasons why titanic the movie could have been a shipwreck, too. Incorporating both historical and fictionalized aspects, the film is based on accounts of the sinking of the rms titanic, and stars leonardo dicaprio and kate winslet as members of different social classes who fall in love aboard the ship during its illfated maiden voyage. It made more internationally than any film up to that point had made worldwide. Benhur 1925 was the most expensive film of the silent era, possibly holding the record for over twenty years. When calculating a marketing budget, the rule of thumb is to spend 50 percent of the rest of the production costs preproduction, filming and postproduction source. Opening weekend gross of titanic, from december 19 to december 21, 1997. For a long time, titanic was the highestgrossing movie of all time. I think titanic s cost will make people look more carefully at the cost of a movie.
At this time, we dont have comparables for iceberg costs. That assessment of costs did not seem plausible in my view for two reasons. The film begins with the robotic exploration of the titanic s. Interesting behindthescenes secrets about the titanic. With leonardo dicaprio, kate winslet, billy zane, kathy bates. Paramount picturesbig budget films and cgi go hand in hand. The film proved immensely popular, holding the alltime boxoffice gross record for more than a decade after its release. Inflation, filming techniques and external market forces affect the economics of film production. The incredible true story of how titanic got made buzzfeed news. A film thats got a sporting chance of being regarded as the toughest film shoot of all time, camerons. There must have been someone out there who thought it would happen, but that person would have been in the minority. The movie chose the greek ship athinai to double for the rms titanic in the movie. Tap to play or pause gif 20th century fox via dawsonrosedawson. The titanic movie cost more to make than the actual ship.
After doing a director profile on james cameron, i feel its appropriate to include at least one behindthescenes blog post on his most wellknown film. Titanic had to become one of the highest grossing films ever released. Special effects live up to hype in titanic roger ebert. The inside story of the making of the movie hollywood. The film tells the tale of a love story aboard the luxury liner when it sank on its maiden voyage in 1912, killing more than 1,600 people. You know the history and the love story but do you know the facts, figures and tasty trivia behind this blockbuster film. Also, the collision with the iceberg reportedly lasted 37 seconds, which is how long the collision scene is in the movie. Due to the secretive nature of hollywood accounting it is not clear which film is the most expensive film ever made. And no this isnt viral marketing for a sequel to the james cameron movie. Going all the way to make one great movie by james cameron. The titanic the most expensive film ever made is hitting american cinemas amid controversy over its cost. How much could the exact same movie be made for today relying more on digital effects, vs building full sets.
Titanic, american romantic adventure film, released in 1997, that centres on the sinking of the rms titanic. Apr 24, 2017 the industry was abuzz with rumors about titanic, the first film from director james cameron since 1994s true lies. A nearly identical replica of the doomed ship is scheduled to make. Rather than more cost effective plywood, oak was used for the grand staircase. Titanic ii is preparing to set sail in 2022, and you can be.
Its the first and probably only film to accomplish such a feat. The movie cost more than it cost to build the titanic james cameron image. The scenes set in 1912 the whole movie except the presentday scenes and the opening and ending credits have a total length of two hours and forty minutes, the exact time it took for titanic to sink. Id say 85 per cent of what you see in titanic was done incamera. The point of view is from above, as the great ship steams to its destiny. He wanted to make an exact replica of the unsinkable liner in order to best recreate the terrifying final hours to make filmgoers believe they were actually there at the time of the tragedy. James camerons titanic 1997 making the ship for the movie. Final cost of the production of titanic, the most expensive of the 20th century. Most expensive movie sets of all time titanic, waterworld. Titanic ii is preparing to set sail in 2022, and you can.
Director james cameron built a gigantic water tank and various sets on 24 acres in mexico. Amazing behindthescenes facts about the unsinkable. Well before it was released, james camerons passion project became notorious as the most expensive movie ever made, with a final budget. The film tells the tale of a love story aboard the luxury liner when it sank on its maiden. Fox executives panicked and suggested an hour of specific cuts from the threehour film. Studios and filmmakers often try to keep the information secret and will use accounting tricks to inflate or reduce announced budgets. How much did it cost to make the titanic movie answers.149 450 1178 1144 1010 1275 446 946 1488 33 632 1195 806 1525 1311 1205 77 1297 1142 1325 350 855 670 1256 1333 542 411 1216 109 684 1124 226 343 970 655 1274 1157 732 1002 441 570 150 588 510 83 774 63 1399 932