Jon Landau, ‘Titanic’ and ‘Avatar’ Producer, Dies at 63

Jon Landau, ‘Titanic’ and ‘Avatar’ Producer, Dies at 63

Jon Landau, the Oscar-winning film producer renowned for his work with James Cameron on iconic movies like Titanic and the Avatar series, has passed away at the age of 63.

A source close to his family confirmed that Landau had been battling cancer. Born on July 30, 1960, in New York City, Landau hailed from a family deeply rooted in the film industry.

His parents, Ely and Edie Landau, were also involved in film production. Landau pursued his passion for filmmaking at the USC School of Cinematic Arts and later became the executive vice president of feature film production at Twentieth Century Fox during the 1990s.

Landau’s career reached new heights with his role as producer of the 1997 blockbuster Titanic. The film not only earned him an Academy Award for Best Picture but also made history as the first film to surpass $1 billion at the box office.

In recent years, Landau was instrumental in expanding the Avatar universe, collaborating closely with James Cameron and the Walt Disney Company. He played a key role in developing “Avatar”-themed attractions at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom, bringing the magical world of Pandora to life for millions of visitors.

Landau also served as the Chief Operating Officer of Cameron’s production company, Lightstorm Entertainment, and produced the 2019 film Alita: Battle Angel. His work continued to shape the landscape of modern cinema, with Avatar 3 set for release in December 2025 by Disney’s 20th Century Studios.

Landau’s contributions to the film industry have left an indelible mark, and his legacy will continue to influence future generations of filmmakers. He is remembered not only for his professional achievements but also for his dedication to the art of storytelling and his visionary approach to filmmaking.

Landau is survived by his family, friends, and colleagues, who mourn the loss of a true luminary in the world of cinema.