James Cameron’s Titanic 3D: The Special Edition?

The Avatar director didn't just convert Titanic to 3D. He also made one change that not even Sherlock would notice.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani


When James Cameron announced that he was re-releasing Titanic in 3D, the implication was that that was it. It's in 3D now, that is all, move along now. But it turns out that's not the case. James Cameron has gone all George Lucas on the beloved romance, making a key change that nobody will ever notice in a million years.

Cameron was confronted by famed astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson, who informed the director that the stars above Rose DeWitt Butaker at the end of Titanic are inaccurate. The freaking stars, people. And James Cameron has obliged Neil deGrasse Tyson, changing the new 3D re-release so that those stars will no longer offend audiences around the world.

Quoth the James Cameron (courtesy of Contact Music): "So I said, 'All right, you son of a b**ch, send me the right stars for the exact time, 4.20am on April 15, 1912, and I'll put it in the movie.' So that's the one shot that has been changed."

It's not quite George Lucas's Star Wars Special Editions, or is it? Would cinema purists even care about this bad boy? Would they have cared about the Special Editions if the only things they did was clean up the light saber effects? And if James Cameron is such a perfectionist, and willing to change his movie to portray accurate stars, why didn't he change the DiCaprio's dialogue that places his character at Lake Wissota in Wisconsin, years before the man-made lake was created?

CraveOnline will be back with more Titanic news after we add some deleted scenes with the propellor guy back in there.