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Death of Jon Landau, Immense Producer of Titanic and Avatar

Death of Jon Landau, Immense Producer of Titanic and Avatar

Death of Jon Landau, Immense Producer of Titanic and Avatar


Producer Jon Landau Dies at 63

He was James Cameron’s traveling companion. A brilliant producer, capable of supporting the filmmaker in his wildest and most ambitious projects, monuments of cinema. Jon Landau died on July 6, 2024 at 63, following cancer. The information was shared by The Hollywood Journalistand confirmed by his sister Tina Landau. On X (formerly Twitter), the latter wrote:

The best brother a girl could ask for, my brother Jon, has passed away. My heart is broken, but also filled with pride and gratitude for his extraordinary life, and for the love and gifts he gave to me and everyone who knew him or his films.

Born on July 23, 1960 in New York, the producer was an important figure in the seventh art, capable of believing in both intimate and spectacular works. We owe him in particular the cult comedy Honey, I shrunk the kids (1989) or even the exciting Dick Tracy (1990). But it is obviously with Titanic (1997) that Jon Landau’s name has taken on another dimension.

A huge coronation with Titanic

If the film has become a cinema classic, it is thanks to James Cameron, but also and above all to Jon Landau, capable of intelligently supporting the director. With this masterpiece, awarded 11 Oscar (including Best Picture for producer Jon Landau), the duo makes history. Titanic becoming the first film to surpass $1 billion in global box office receipts. If it reached 1.8 billion dollars on its first release, its re-releases (especially in 2012) have brought this figure to 2.2 billion dollars. For a long time, Titanic It was the biggest hit of all time until James Cameron and Jon Landau did it even better.

Jon Landau and James Cameron after the Titanic coronation
Jon Landau and James Cameron after the Titanic coronation ©AP Photo/Reed Saxon

King of the box office with Avatar

In fact, after having produced Solaris (2022), Jon Landau reunites with the director to tackle Avatar (2009)an original blockbuster, presenting a new universe the planet Pandora and the Na’viand at the origin of a small revolution in cinema. James Cameron uses a camera of his own invention to film the feature film in 3D and allows a significant progress in terms of motion capture. Given its cost, Avatar could have turned into a disaster. But then again, the 2 billion dollars in turnover worldwide have been surpassed (2.9 billion currently) and the film still remains the biggest success of all time.

Finally the final proof that Jon Landau was indeed the king of the box office, after producing it Alita: Battle Angel (2019), the sequel to Avatar, Avatar: The Way of Water (2022) was finally released to similar success, grossing $2.3 billion in revenue. Jon Landau and James Cameron were hard at work on sequels. After an initial delay, Avatar3 it was dated December 2025.

Source: Cine Serie

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