James Cameron has been planning his 3D re-release of Titanic for years and years now, and even announced a 2012 release two years ago, before we knew to instinctively shudder at the thought of post-conversion 3D. Now we officially know exactly when to expect Cameron's next attempt to wow us with his favorite technology. Paramount and Fox, the studio who originally partnered to release Titanic in 1997, announced with Cameron today that the film will be hitting theaters on April 6, 2012, just 9 days before the 100th anniversary of the ship's sinking.

In the statement Cameron said, "There's a whole generation that's never seen 'TITANIC’ as it was meant to be seen, on the big screen. And this will be ‘TITANIC’ as you've never seen it before, digitally re-mastered at 4K and painstakingly converted to 3D." And you know he means it when he says "painstaking"-- Cameron has not hesitated to slam shoddy post-conversion efforts like Clash of the Titans, emphasizing that he thinks it takes six months to a year to get a proper post-conversion job done. Titanic has been in the works for years, with the best technology available, so if anything will ever convince us to embrace 3D again, it's going to be this one.

Personally, I care far less about the 3D conversion than I do about the notion of seeing Titanic on the big screen again. As I wrote on the film's 10th anniversary in 2007, I saw Titanic nine times in theaters, up until the print at my local movie theater was in shreds and the movie finally left the big screen in May, six months after its release. If I plan it right I can arrange to see it on the big screen with my mom and sister, the two people I've watched it with countless times since then, and relive the over-the-top experience all over again. The 3D glasses may or may not add a new level, but the chance to revisit the giant ship on the giant screen is something I refuse to miss.

I know a lot of you readers are younger than I am and may have missed Titanic in its theatrical run. Are you as excited to see it on the big screen as I am?

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