Woman writing Titanic script in 1997 talks about reaction to James Cameron film

A woman named Liz Smith has revealed that she wrote her own screenplay, which is very similar to that of the 1997 James Cameron film Titanic.

One woman claimed that she wrote her own screenplay based on the story of the Titanic before the release of the 1997 film, which looks a lot like James Cameron’s blockbuster. With Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as the doomed lovers Jack and Rose, Titanic is often cited as the “most romantic movie of all time”. It has won countless awards since its initial release in 1997. The film chronicles the real-life tragedy that struck passengers on the maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic in 1912, which sank in the Atlantic Ocean after it collided with an iceberg. However, the roles of Jack and Rose in the story were added only in the name of the fiction.


Cameron’s impressive film achievement won Titanic the title of the highest grossing film of all time. That achievement was not disrupted until 2010, when the director surpassed his own position with another of his very ambitious film releases, Avatar. Cameron’s films retained their first and second spots until 2019, when Anthony and Joe Russo Avengers: Endgame knocked him out of his first place (before Avatar could regain its place of number 1 last year thanks to a reissue in China). Titanic’s success could be attributed to its unique story and the way it incorporates romance into what is essentially a disaster movie; However, now it looks like Cameron may not have been the first to think about it.

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A screenwriter by the name of Liz Smith claims to have written her own screenplay which tells the story of two lovers doomed on the Titanic before James Cameron released his 1997 feature film. Reverse, Smith says she was inspired by Thomas Hardy’s poem “Convergence of the Twain“to write the story of a rich boy and a poor girl who would eventually fall in love on their journey on the Titanic. Smith said his side of the story echoed the themes of Romeo and Juliet,” the two lovers eventually falling with Smith then admitted that writers cannot tell stories such as Titanic and that his idea now is “burntDespite his hard work. Check out Smith’s quote below.

There was probably a tinge of “Oh no!” We tell the same stories over and over again, but sometimes some lofty concepts cannot be remade. Romeo and Juliet, you can do a million times, but Romeo and Juliet on the Titanic? This idea is now burnt out. You can’t do this anymore.

Smith acknowledged the purely coincidental nature of the two stories and said she liked Cameron’s film. Smith noted that the similarities between their scripts made her horny upon seeing the film, saying she particularly liked Cameron’s emphasis on its historical accuracy. Cameron recently revealed he staged a scene in Titanic after its release in 3D after being inspired by Neil deGrasse Tyson to render the night sky above Rose in one of the film’s final scenes as historically and scientifically as possible.

In another weird coincidence, Smith ended up working for Robert Ballard, the oceanographer who located the wreckage of the Titanic, so it’s fair to say things worked out well for the aspiring screenwriter in the end. While Smith seems to have no hard feelings towards Cameron for telling the story of the Titanic first, it’s certainly interesting to imagine what could have been so Titanic had been released without James Cameron at the bar. Audiences no longer have to wait for Cameron’s latest upcoming project, as its highly anticipated Avatar the sequel is slated for release later this year.

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Source: Reverse

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