Titanic and Avatar producer Jon Landau dies

AFP

Jon Landau, the renowned producer known for his collaborations with director James Cameron on mega box office hits such as "Titanic" and "Avatar", has died aged 63.

His career spanned several decades, during which he played a huge role in shaping some of the highest-grossing movies in cinema history.

Described by Sir Peter Jackson, director of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, as a "monumental figure in the film industry," Landau's impact extended beyond financial success. He was celebrated not only for his professional achievements but also for his passionate dedication to the projects he championed.

Starting as a production manager in the 1980s, Landau quickly rose through the ranks to become a co-producer and later an executive vice president at 20th Century Fox. His early successes included managing hits like Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

However, it was his collaboration with James Cameron that solidified his legacy. Together, they produced Titanic, which became the first film to surpass $1 billion at the global box office and won 11 Oscars, including Best Picture. Their partnership continued with the ground breaking Avatar series, with both films collectively grossing billions worldwide.

Tributes poured in following Landau's death, with colleagues and friends emphasising his unparalleled passion for filmmaking and his profound influence on the industry. His contributions to visual effects and cinematic storytelling will be remembered for years to come. 

Jon's death with announced by his family but the cause of death was not detailed. 

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