The 2012 release will coincide with the 100th anniversary of the disaster.

Paramount Pictures announced on Thursday it will re-release James Cameron’s smash hit in 3D across the world on Apr 6, 2012.

The release marks the 100th anniversary of the fateful day on Apr 10 1912 when the ship set sail on its fateful journey.

Titanic launched in cinemas in 1997 and went on to win a record 11 Academy Awards.

“There’s a whole generation that’s never seen Titanic as it was meant to be seen, on the big screen,” Cameron said. “And this will be Titanic as you’ve never seen it before, digitally re-mastered at 4K and painstakingly converted to 3D. “

“This new presentation of Paramount’s top-grossing film is particularly special because 2012 is the 100th anniversary of our studio,” Paramount chairman Brad Grey said.

“Paramount has had the pleasure of introducing audiences to some of the all-time classics of cinema during that century of moviemaking and we cannot think of a better way to mark the occasion than with this re-release of Titanic.”

“Our 30-plus year relationship with Jim Cameron and Lightstorm has been enormously rewarding, from Aliens to Avatar, and the global phenomenon of Titanic remains one of the greatest sources of pride in our history,” Fox Filmed Entertainment chairmen and CEOs Jim Gianopulos and Tom Rothman. “We are pleased to allow a new generation of audiences to experience the film in its brilliant digital restoration in 3D.”

Titanic grossed $600.8m through Paramount in North American and took $1.24bn via Fox International overseas.