Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby' 3D Delayed Until Summer 2013
Briefly: Warner Bros has just announced that they're pushing the release of Baz Luhrmann's 3D adaptation of The Great Gatsby back from its original December 2012, Christmas Day release, to Summer 2013, with no new date specified yet. We've already seen one full trailer for this colorful, whimsical adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic romance, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Jason Clarke and Isla Fisher. Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge was released in the summer of 2001, and DiCaprio has Tarantino's Django Unchained on Christmas Day already, so maybe this was a better spot for Gatsby anyway. No reason given besides to "ensure this unique film reaches the largest audience possible."
The December 2012 line-up is already packed with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey the big one, plus Kathryn Bigelows's Zero Dark Thirty (just teased today) as well as another huge musical - Les Misérables, directed by Oscar winner Tom Hooper. Plus, Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher, Judd Apatow's This Is 40, and of course, Tarantino's Django Unchained on Christmas. Dan Fellman, WB President of Domestic Distribution, stated: "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." We'll let you know when they have the date.
Update: We've been wondering what exactly this move was for, and some press are claiming that Warner Bros wouldn't have the movie ready in time for December. Now the LA Times has followed up stating this "will give director Baz Luhrmann more time to finish its extensive 3-D effects and a planned all-star soundtrack, according to two people close to the picture." Specifically, the concern was the work necessary on the 3D, which they add, "finishing the movie's 3-D effects in time for Christmas would have been very difficult for the meticulous Luhrmann, who was seeking the extra time." This will give them a good six to seven months of extra time to polish things up and make sure this is exactly as spectacular as it should be.