We’ve all [probably]read The Great Gatsby at one point or another, be it for leisure or for high school English class. It’s one of the great hallmarks of American literature and – like it or not – is being retooled under the fancy stylings of Baz Luhrmann, the director of Australia and Moulin Rouge.
The film, which was supposed to have been released in December, got pushed to a May 10th release date. When a film is delayed, rumours start flying. Ultimately, despite what insiders say, it is the finished product that will tell us whether the delay to capture some summer box office revenue was worth it.
Here was the official statement from Warner Bros.’ President of Domestic Distribution, Dan Fellman and International Distribution, Veronika Kwan Vandernberg:
Fellman: “Based on what we’ve seen, Baz Luhrmann’s incredible work is all we anticipated and so much more. 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, and it makes sense to ensure this unique film reaches the largest audience possible.”
Vandenberg: “Baz is known for being innovative, but with this film he has done something completely unexpected—making it in 3D—while capturing the emotion, the intimacy, the power and the spectacle of the time. The responses we’ve had to some of the early sneak peeks have been phenomenal, and we think ‘The Great Gatsby’ will be the perfect summer movie around the world.”
We’ll see if they’re right soon enough. For now, check out the new character posters that Warner Bros. has released, as the film’s marketing campaign kicks into second gear.
From the uniquely imaginative mind of writer/producer/director Baz Luhrmann comes the new big screen adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby. The filmmaker will create his own distinctive visual interpretation of the classic story, bringing the period to life in a way that has never been seen before, in a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role. “The Great Gatsby” follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz and bootleg kings. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby, and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy, and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan. It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super-rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles.