Oscars shockeroo: ‘The Great Gatsby’ bumped to next summer

This year’s Oscar race just lost a major player with the news that Warners is delaying the release of “The Great Gatsby” from Christmas Day till next summer. Leonardo DiCaprio reteamed with his “Romeo + Juliet” director Baz Luhrmann for this third celluloid version of F. Scott Fitgerald‘s classic novel. 


In making the surprise announcement, WB distribution chief Dan Fellman said, “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.” 

The first trailer for the 3-D film (seen below) revealed the lush style for which Luhrmann is well-known.

Art direction and costumes are by Luhrmann’s wife Catherine Martin who won a pair of Oscars for her work on “Moulin Rouge!” in 2001. Though that film, which opened in May, was nominated for Best Picture, Luhrmann was snubbed by the academy. 

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For this new film, Luhrmann reteamed with Craig Pearce, who co-wrote “Moulin Rouge” as well as “Romeo + Juliet,” to adapt Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel about mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby (DiCaprio) and his tragic love affair with the married Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan), which is recounted by her cousin Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire). 

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