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Jon Landau, Oscar-winning 'Titanic' and 'Avatar' producer, dies at 63

Jon Landau, an Oscar-winning producer who labored intently with director James Cameron on “Titanic” and the “Avatar” sequence, has died. He was 63.

Alan Bergman, Disney Entertainment co-chairman, introduced Landau’s dying in an announcement Saturday. No reason for dying was given.

“Jon was a visionary whose extraordinary talent and passion brought some of the most unforgettable stories to life on the big screen. His remarkable contributions to the film industry have left an indelible mark, and he will be profoundly missed. He was an iconic and successful producer yet an even better person and a true force of nature who inspired all around him,” Bergman mentioned.

Landau’s partnership with Cameron led to a few Oscar nominations and a greatest image win for 1997’s “Titanic.” Together the pair account for among the largest blockbusters in film historical past, together with “Avatar” and its sequel, “Avatar: The Way of Water.”

Landau’s profession started within the Nineteen Eighties as a manufacturing supervisor, and he progressively rose by means of the ranks till taking up a producer function on “Titanic,” Cameron’s costly epic concerning the notorious catastrophe. The wager paid off: “Titanic” turned the primary film to cross $1 billion in world box-office earnings and went on to win 11 Oscars, together with greatest image.

“I can’t act and I can’t compose and I can’t do visual effects. I guess that’s why I’m producing.” Landau mentioned whereas accepting the award with Cameron.

Their partnership continued, with Landau changing into a prime govt at Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment. In 2009 the pair watched as “Avatar,” a sci-fi epic filmed and proven in theaters with groundbreaking 3D know-how, surpassed the box-office success of “Titanic.” It stays the top-grossing movie of all time.

Its sequel, “Avatar: The Way of Water,” is third on the record.

Landau has been a key participant within the “Avatar” franchise, which noticed frequent delays of the discharge of “The Way of Water.” Landau defended the sequel’s progress and Cameron’s formidable plans to movie a number of sequels directly to maintain the franchise going.

“A lot has changed but a lot hasn’t,” Landau advised The Associated Press in 2022, just a few months forward of the sequel’s launch. “One of the things that has not changed is: Why do people turn to entertainment today? Just like they did when the first ‘Avatar’ was released, they do it to escape, to escape the world in which we live.”

Landau was named an govt vice chairman of function motion pictures at twentieth Century Fox when he was 29, which led him to supervise main hits together with “Home Alone” and its sequel, in addition to “Mrs. Doubtfire” and “True Lies,” the place he first began working intently with Cameron.

Born in New York on July 23, 1960, Landau was the son of movie producers Ely and Edie Landau.

Ely Landau died in 1993. Edie Landau, the Oscar-nominated producer of movies like “Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” “Hopscotch” and “The Deadly Game,” died in 2022.

Jon Landau is survived by his spouse of almost 40 years, Julie, and their sons, Jamie and Jodie.

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