When Rose said, “Never let go,” she really meant it.
We’re coming up on two decades since James Cameron’s Titanic hit theaters and became an instant pop-culture phenomenon, and considering how absolutely groundbreaking that film was, obviously something big needs to be done to celebrate this big milestone.
For the 20th anniversary, Cameron is joining forces with National Geographic to produce a documentary about the Oscar-winning movie, its historical accuracy, the true story that inspired it and discoveries and developments that have been made in the two decades since Titanic was released. TBH, it sounds like something we can’t miss.
“When I wrote the film, and when I set out to direct it, I wanted every detail to be as accurate as I could make it, and every harrowing moment of the ship’s final hours accounted for,” Cameron explained in a statement. “I was creating a living history; I had to get it right out of respect for the many who died and for their legacy. But did I really get it right? Now, with National Geographic and with the latest research, science and technology, I’m going to reassess.”
The new one-hour documentary will include interviews with leading experts both new and old, who will give us insight into how historically accurate the film was based on the most recent information available about the famous shipwreck. Cameron will also divulge more about the personal journey that was the making of Titanic, a film that made him and his stars, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, household names.
“The film Titanic was arguably the most ambitious production of its time — unprecedented in scope and exhaustively researched — creating an impact that still reverberates to this day. With this film, James not only swept audiences away with an epic romance, but also spurred a renewed interest in this moment of history, opening so many doors of research,” said Tim Pastore, president of original programming and production at National Geographic. “And now, with new research and technology, we’re going to put the Titanic’s final hours under a renewed microscope of what we know today and provide new perspective on what happened that fateful night.”
The special doesn’t air until December, but it’s safe to say we already have plans to tune in. When we tearfully promised to “never let go” back in 1997, we meant it too, fam.