Baz Luhrmann Says He's Not Doing Great Gatsby Right Now, Comments On 3D And Australia

By Eric Eisenberg 2011-03-11 18:25:51discussion comments
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When I found out that Baz Luhrmann would be directing an adaptation of The Great Gatsby, one of the greatest books of all time, I was actually happy. The book has never been given a proper film and with a cast that included Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire, Luhrman seemed on pace to do just that. Then he announced that he would be making the movie in 3D and filming it not on Long Island but, rather, in his native Australia. Naturally, as a fan of the book for many years, I was disgusted by this prospect. Luckily it may all not be true.

Vulture recently caught up with the Moulin Rouge director who, while being insanely coy about the whole thing, said that he's actually delayed the production because of the massive amount of speculation and lack of facts floating around about the project. When asked directly about why he would make the movie in Australia, he responded, "Despite what might be out there, I have made no comment about anything. So until I say it, it's not said." When asked about whether the film would actually be in 3D, he seemed to take a step back from it, while also feeding the same line, saying "I'm in the middle of my own foolish-to-be-talking-about-anything-in-any-regard stage, before you truly have something to express." Going further, Luhrman said that he's still focusing on absorbing the material, "the DNA of his world, his life, [and] the world of the novel."

Like I said: coy. Outside of saying that the production isn't going to be happening any time soon, he didn't really confirm or deny anything, just commenting on the fact that there is plenty of talk in the air about the project. Is it still possible that he plans on making a 3D, Australian-filmed version of The Great Gatsby? Absolutely. But he also might not be.
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