Baz Luhrmann Shooting His Adaptation of 'The Great Gatsby' in 3D
Last month we heard both directors Michael Mann and Baz Luhrmann might be shooting projects in 3D sometime soon. Though Mann wasn't specific about which of his potential projects we might end up seeing in the format, Luhrmann has apparently already been workshopping his adaptation of The Great Gatsby, the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, with 3D in mind. Now the news is official as ABC News from Australia reports that Luhrmann is slated to shoot the adaptation in 3D later this year at Sydney's Fox Studios. In fact, with Mad Max: Fury Road delayed, the project will be the first live-action 3D film shot in New South Wales.
First published in 1925, the story chronicles an era that Fitzgerald himself dubbed the "Jazz Age." It is presented as a recollection of Nick Carraway, a young man from a patrician Midwestern family who lived in New York after graduating from Yale in the early 1920s. Nick declares that, following his father's advice, he avoids judging people: a habit that has caused trouble, exemplified by events concerning a man named Gatsby. Eventually Jay Gastby meets the wealthy Daisy Buchanan and begins a love affair with her which plays out through the remainder of the book. Doesn't seem like the kind of story that warrants a 3D shoot, but there you have it.
Though the 3D shoot will take place in Sydney studios, the setting will still very much by New York. So get ready to see the bright shining faces of Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan in stunning 3D for the first time. DiCaprio will play Jay Gatsby while Mulligan is set for the role of Daisy Buchanan. Tobey Maguire has been said to pretty much be locked for the role Nick Carraway but nothing official has come out of the woodwork yet. As for the use of 3D, well Luhrmann's visuals have always been quite stylized, so maybe the format will work out for him. What do you think?