THE GREAT GATSBY Will Shoot in 3D This August With Leonardo DiCaprio and Possibly Carey Mulligan

     February 19, 2011

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Baz Luhrmann has taken his time to figure out what he wants to do with this Great Gatsby adaptation.  He bought the rights to the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel in 2008.  Luhrmann began to workshop the project with a number of A-listers late last year.  He mulled long and hard over all of Hollywood’s prettiest starlets for the role of Daisy, and wondered if Daisy might look more fetching in 3D.  Throughout the process, Lurhmann never officially decided The Great Gatsby is his next project, saying at the DGA Awards, “I gotta make a decision in three days’ time.”

A fortnight (and then some) has passed since that statement, and THR has the verdict.  Luhrmann will film The Great Gatsby in 3D this August in his hometown Syndey Australia.  Leonardo DiCaprio will play Jay Gatsby, and Carey Mulligan has been offered the role of Daisy Buchanan.  Details after the break.

DiCaprio has been involved since the beginning of the workshopping process, so it’s no surprise to hear of his official involvement.  Likewise, Mulligan has long been the frontrunner to play Daisy, and Luhrmann even gave her the role over the phone.  However, Mulligan is (with good reason) a very busy young actress, and already had to drop out of Stoker earlier this year.  Mulligan has the offer on her table.  On one hand, this will surely be a very high profile release.  On the other hand… this adaptation makes me nervous.

1) There’s always the looming question of whether The Great Gatsby can be successfully adapted for the screen.  It’s been attempted, but never conquered.

2) There are many wonderful adjectives you can use to describe Luhrmann’s work.  “Consistent” is not one of them.

3) And 3D?  What?

This has the potential to be great, especially if Mulligan signs on.  It also has the potential to be mediocre, like the other adaptations.  And alas, this adaptation of The Great Gatsby has the potential to be absolutely awful.

The Great Gatsby will be the first live-action 3D film shot in New South Wales.  The 17-week shoot will take place at the same Fox Studios in Sydney where Luhrmann filmed Moulin Rouge! and (naturally) Australia.  Warner Bros. is teaming with Luhrmann’s Bazmark Films to produce the adaptation.

Here’s the synopsis for Fitzgerald’s book:

The mysterious Jay Gatsby embodies the American notion that it is possible to redefine oneself and persuade the world to accept that definition. Gatsby’s youthful neighbor, Nick Carraway, fascinated with the display of enormous wealth in which Gatsby revels, finds himself swept up in the lavish lifestyle of Long Island society during the Jazz Age. [Barnes & Noble]

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