â€˜Avatarâ€™ Producer on Asiaâ€™s Film Future
Jon Landau is the most successful movie producer in the world. He might be the one who has lost the most money, too.
â€œAvatar,â€ which Mr. Landau produced, â€œis the most pirated movie of all time,â€ he said during a recent trip to Singapore. Still, the 51-year-old American is not complaining too much â€” the 3-D film was also the highest-grossing movie of all time, according to Box Office Mojo.
â€œIt played for weeks in China. Piracy did not preclude it from the masses,â€ he said.
These days, Mr. Landau â€” who also worked on â€œAvatarâ€ director James Cameronâ€™s â€œTitanicâ€ â€” is excited about the role of Asia in driving box-office trends, as well as developments in 3-D technology.
As chief operating officer of Lightstorm Entertainment, heâ€™s adapting â€œTitanicâ€ to 3-D and is also working on sequels to â€œAvatar.â€ He spoke to The Wall Street Journal from Singapore and the United States about the future of the motion picture industry in Asia. The following interview has been edited.