Baz Luhrmann May Shoot The Great Gatsby In 3D

By Katey Rich 2011-01-10 08:34:29discussion comments
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With his love of flashy visuals (like Moulin Rouge!) and wide panoramas (like Australia), Baz Luhrmann is actually a logical director to shoot in 3D, and seems to have the kind of meticulous eye to actually make it look good. But all of those arguments are null and void when you consider that the director's next project is The Great Gatsby, the intimate, great F. Scott Fitzgerald novel that needs an extra dimension like it needs a song and dance number jammed into the third act (not to give Luhrmann any extra ideas).

And yet, the mad Australian director is considering forcing you to slap on 3D glasses in order to watch Carey Mulligan suffer as Daisy Buchanan. During a conversation alongside Oliver Stone and Michael Mann at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas (as reported by THR), Luhrmann said he has workshopped The Great Gatsby in 3D, but hasn't decided whether or not to shoot in the format. Luhrmann has been doing a remarkable amount of prep work on the film, at one point workshopping the script with Rebecca Hall in the Daisy role, Leonardo DiCaprio as Gatsby and Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway. When Carey Mulligan was confirmed to star, he released a photo of her in full makeup as Daisy. Even though Luhrmann isn't totally sure it'll be his next film, he's clearly put enough thought into it to go into production whenever they feel ready to pull the trigger.

But even with all that planning, if he's considering putting the whole thing in 3D, don't we all need to rethink whether this is a good idea at all? The bloom is well off the 3D rose, no matter how many more 3D films we have coming down the pike, and the high-minded idea that even intimate dramas would be aided by 3D seem to have been well shattered by how poorly the format has been used. Even if Luhrmann uses the best 3D technology money can buy, it's hard to imagine it adding a single thing; did you wish that Mal and Cobb's scenes in Inception had an added dimension? How about The King's Speech? It's already worrying enough that Luhrmann might add camera antics to capture the "roaring 20's" vibe that isn't actually present in the novel; if 3D is added to the arsenal, the headache could only get worse.

I actually trust Luhrmann with this material, though, and even if he does decide on 3D I'm not giving up just yet-- the cast is simply too good for that. Still, if you're out there and have the power to convince this guy of anything, speak up about this. No one needs the eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg to be covered in 3D glasses.
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