New “Titanic” Investigation Underway

( A new “Titanic” investigation will finally settle the “door” debate that had fans speculating over the fate of the two main characters in the 1997 James Cameron disaster-romance film, according to The Daily Wire.

Cameron said that “Titanic: 25 Years Later with James Cameron,” a new National Geographic documentary, recreated the famous floating door scene with Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose (Kate Winslet). The scene began shortly after the Titanic finally sank into the Atlantic Ocean.

The film, which incorporates both historical and fictional aspects, sank on 15 April 1912 after hitting an iceberg. Traveling too fast to maneuver out of the way, the large British passenger liner began to conduct rescue operations but, because of the limited number of lifeboats, as many as half of the total passengers on board were saved.

When Jack and Rose go down with the ship, they find a piece of floating debris that many fans call a “door,” but Cameron had originally shot down the idea that it was a door.

“It’s technically not a door,” he said, noting that “it’s a piece of wood paneling from the first-class cabin.”

For years, fans have debated whether or not Jack could have laid on the debris with Rose instead of staying submerged in the freezing water. In honor of the film’s 25th anniversary, National Geographic decided to settle it. The documentary scientifically recreated the scene and explored other parts of the film for accuracy.

Two stunt doubles resembling DiCaprio and Winslet were hired to recreate scenes in 56-degree water—two times the temperature in the film. To account for the temperature difference, the documentary “doubled the time for every stage.” Cameron said that they used the “scientific approach” to discover whether Jack could have pulled himself onto the debris instead of staying in the water.

“Across four tests, we came to some pretty hard and fast conclusions,” Cameron said without revealing what was found.