The Oscar award winning producer of Titanic and Avatar dies at 63.

The Oscar-winning producer Jon Landau, who collaborated closely with filmmaker James Cameron on two of the largest blockbuster pictures in the history of the franchise, “Avatar,” and the Titanic, has passed away. 63 was his age.

On Saturday, Landau’s family made his passing public. The reason of death was not stated. Because to his collaboration with Cameron, Landau received three Oscar nominations and the best picture award for “Titanic” in 1997. Together, the two have been responsible for some of the largest box office successes in film history, such as “Avatar” and its follow-up, “Avatar: The Way of Water.”

In a statement, Cameron paid tribute to “my closest collaborator of 31 years, and a dear friend.” Cameron said, “A piece of myself has been torn away.” “For nearly two decades, his wild sense of humour, innate charisma, immense selflessness, and unwavering determination have made him the focal point of our Avatar universe,” Cameron added. “His legacy encompasses not only the films he produced, but also the unwavering, compassionate, inclusive, tireless, perceptive, and entirely singular personal example he set.”

After starting off as a production manager in the 1980s, Landau worked his way up to become a co-producer on films like “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” and “Dick Tracy.” He became a producer on Cameron’s lavish epic “Titanic,” which was based on the catastrophic maritime accident of 1912. The wager paid off, as “Titanic” went on to become the first film to break the $1 billion mark worldwide in box office receipts and won 11 Oscars, including best picture.

“Acting, composing, and visual effects are skills I lack, so I suppose that’s why I’m producing.” Saying this, Landau and Cameron accepted the award. Their collaboration persisted, and Landau rose to the position of senior executive at Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment. The two saw “Avatar,” a science fiction epic that was filmed and screened in theatres using cutting-edge 3D technology, exceed “Titanic” in terms of box office success in 2009. It is still the highest-grossing movie of all time.

Third on the list is its follow-up, “Avatar: The Way of Water.” A tearful homage to Zoe SaldaƱa, one of the “Avatar” franchise’s stars, was posted on Instagram. “Your wisdom and support shaped so many of us in ways we will always be grateful for.” We shall be inspired and guided in our journey by your legacy, we promise. Within the “Avatar” franchise, Landau has had a pivotal role in the multiple delays of “The Way of Water” release. Cameron’s audacious ambitions to shoot several sequels simultaneously in order to maintain the franchise’s momentum were defended by Landau.

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