Jon Landau: Titanic Producer Passes Away

Jon Landau, the award-winning producer of Titanic, along with director James Cameron lost his life, and so far the causes are unknown.

The Titanic producer, who was also involved in the two “Avatar” films, died Saturday at the age of 63.

Landau’s family announced his death on Saturday. The cause of death was not specified.

Landau’s collaboration with Cameron earned him three Oscar nominations and a best picture win for “Titanic” (1997).

Together they produced some of the biggest blockbusters in film history, including “Avatar” and its sequel, “The Way of Water.”

The Titanic producer’s career began in the 1980s as a production manager, and he gradually rose through the ranks to become co-producer of “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” and “Dick Tracy.”

Titanic producer went to great lengths

He took on the role of producer of Titanic, an expensive James Cameron production about the infamous 1912 maritime disaster.

The gamble paid off: “Titanic” became the first film to surpass $1 billion at the box office and won 11 Oscars, including Best Picture.

Their collaboration continued and Landau became a top executive at Lightstorm Entertainment, Cameron’s company.

In 2009, the two saw “Avatar,” a science fiction epic shot and projected in theaters using groundbreaking 3D technology, surpass the box office success of “Titanic.” It remains the highest-grossing film of all time.


Its sequel, “Avatar: The Way of Water,” ranks third on the list.

Landau has been a key player in the “Avatar” franchise, which suffered frequent delays in the release of “The Way of Water.” Landau championed the sequel’s progress and Cameron’s ambitious plans to shoot several sequels at once to sustain the franchise.

Biography of Jon Landau: Titanic Producer

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

The family moved to Los Angeles in the 1970s and Landau graduated from film school at the University of Southern California.

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

Jon Landau is survived by Julie, who was his wife of nearly 40 years; his children, Jamie and Jodie; and two sisters and a brother.

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