Director Baz Luhrmann is reportedly trying to secure funding on his own to finish his Great Gatsby adaptation after Warner Bros turned his request down. If true, it’s just the latest in a long series of public relations nightmares for the film that was once considered a Best Picture frontrunner.

Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire, the studio originally financed the movie with an eye toward releasing it this coming Christmas in the middle of the Oscar campaign. Unfortunately, the budget wound up swelling to $127 million during production, and now, the director wants reshoots. Whether in response to the film’s quality or an increased need to generate returns, Warner Bros recently moved the release date to next summer, and according to The Herald Sun cut off the money supply.

The director has reportedly already called back the principal members of the cast to rework a few scenes, but how that time will be paid for is still unknown. Executives at Warner Bros could wind up forking over the cash, or Luhrmann could get it from random investors, but if he does that, he’ll have to negotiate some kind of return on the money, which would either need to be taken out of the film’s profits or his own paycheck.

Given all that’s happened, there are plenty of reasons to assume this film will be awful, but given the wonders Luhrmann has achieved before, it’s probably worth extending him the benefit of the doubt. That being said, if he comes to you looking for money, I’d politely refuse.

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