Luhrmann’s Gatsby pushed back to US Summer 2013
The highly anticipated Sydney-shot 3-D adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald is moving release dates.
The release date of Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby has been pushed back to the US Summer 2013. The announcement was made by Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President of International Distribution, both of Warner Bros. Pictures.
"Based on what we‘ve seen, Baz Luhrmann‘s incredible work is all we anticipated and so much more," said Fellman. "It truly brings Fitzgerald‘s American classic to life in a completely immersive, visually stunning and exciting way. We think moviegoers of all ages are going to embrace it."
Vandenberg confirmed that the delay was due to Luhrmann shooting the film in 3-D. "Baz is known for being innovative, but with this film he has done something completely unexpected - making it in 3-D - while capturing the emotion, the intimacy, the power and the spectacle of the time. We think The Great Gatsby will be the perfect summer movie around the world."
Originally slated for release in Australia on January 10, and December 26 in the US - key dates for Oscar contenders - the film will now go up against the traditional summer blockbusters, including The Lone Ranger, Despicable Me 2 and Grown Ups 2. In amongst that pack, it definitely has a good chance of recouping its sizeable budget.
The Great Gatsby is based on the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic book of the same. The film will star Academy Award® nominee Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role of Jay Gatsby; the mysterious, party-giving millionaire. He will be joined by Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway; Carey Mulligan and Joel Edgerton as Daisy and Tom Buchanan; Isla Fisher and Jason Clarke as Myrtle and George Wilson and newcomer Elizabeth Debicki as Jordan Baker.
Luhrmann, known for his over-the-top productions, such as Moulin Rouge, Romeo and Juliet and Australia has created his own distinct vision of the classic tale bringing to life characters in a way never done. The story follows Nick Carraway as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922.
An era filled with loosening morals, glittering jazz, bootleg kings, and sky-rocketing stocks. Nick chases his own American Dream, landing next door to the mysterious Jay Gatsby. It is thus that Nick is slowly drawn into the captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, he pens his tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and tragedy, which mirrors our own modern times and struggles.
The film is written by Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce. Luhrmann also produces, along with Catherine Martin, Douglas Wick (Gladiator), Lucy Fisher and Catherine Knapman. It will be distributed in IMAX® 3D, 3D and 2D by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.