Director Baz Luhrmann May Shoot His Great Gatsby in 3-D
01.10.11 by Ryan
The success of Avatar set off a wave of 3-D movies, but detractors of the 3-D movement might suggest that not every movie requires the format, and to them we ask: would you like to see The Great Gatsby in 3-D?
Director Baz Luhrmann is working on an adaptation of
F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel, and at a panel discussion at the Consumer Electronics Show, told THR he had "workshopped" the movie in 3-D, but had not come to a final conclusion on whether to use the format for the movie.
In November, Luhrmann announced that he had cast Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan, the love interest of Jay Gatsby. Mulligan is the only confirmed cast member so far, though Leonardo DiCaprio is reportedly set to play Gatsby while Tobey Maguire will play the story's narrator, Nick Carraway, though neither casting is confirmed.
Luhrmann is no stranger to non-traditional adaptations, with 1996's Romeo & Juliet taking the classic play and setting it in a modern-day context. The movie was a huge success, earning $147 million worldwide.
Up next for Luhrmann is casting Jordan Baker, Daisy's friend and a well-known golfer. Luhrmann told EW in December he is currently "seeing everyone" for the role.
What’s crucial about Jordan is that she is incurably dishonest, to quote Fitzgerald. She’s dishonest on an internal level, and she has an inability for self-realization. She’s a dangerous driver, to quote Fitzgerald again. And in the simple language, I think Jordan is also what, at the time, you might have referred to as a Long Island flapper, and now you might refer to them as a Hamptons flapper.
That just means not a bohemian flapper that’s living the Village, but someone who’s attaching themselves to the fashionable aspects of flapperdom... I don’t take it lightly at all. It’s my obsession at the moment. The connectivity between buying into, in a fashion sense, this new movement — a new liberation of women, a new sensibility, a youth that was absolutely drunk on money and possibility, the first ever American youth that was completely youthful — that is a thrilling subject.
But will audiences want to see that "movement" in 3-D?