‘Titanic’ Producer Jon Landau Remembered by Bill Mechanic

Film industry veteran Bill Mechanic shares some memories of producer Jon Landau, who died July 5 at age 63, and the experiences they shared while filming James Cameron’sThe epic of 1997 Titanicwhich was backed by Fox Filmed Entertainment when Mechanic was that company’s president and CEO.

I always considered Jon a born film buff. His parents, Ely and Edie, were respected producers and he knew everything there was to know about film production.

When I joined Fox, Jon was the head of production, which meant he oversaw every movie we produced from a studio perspective. It was a surprise – and a loss – to us when he left the studio to produce Titanic. But it was also great to know that we would have someone so competent working on a film that promised to be as ambitious as Jim’s.

No one could have predicted the challenges that lay ahead for this film, but even in the most difficult moments, Jon was someone we had absolute confidence in. When there were disputes about how to complete the project, he arbitrated – to the extent possible – between the production and the studio, and once again made things easier, because both parties believed that every dollar spent was in the interest of producing something special.

Looking back on that time, those of us who were closest to the film thought it had a chance to become not just a success, but something truly great. But nothing was certain. The stress level was off the charts, and there was no doubt that it weighed heavily on Jon. But he never lost his sense of humor or his decency, because he was a soldier. He remained confident and positive, no matter the moment, and he knew his stuff.

We’ve all had a tough journey, but the fact that the studio and production felt he was the right person for the job is a testament to how talented Jon is. This movie needed a lion, and he proved he could roar.

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