Director Baz Luhrmann Could Shoot The Great Gatsby This Year (Or Not)
03.17.11 by Ryan
Director Baz Luhrmann has been work-shopping an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel The Great Gatsby for a while now, with Leonardo DiCaprio reportedly in the role of Jay Gatsby, and Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway. Luhrmann announced in November that he had cast Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan, but added that the casting did not mean that the director had committed to making The Great Gatsby his next movie.
In a recent interview with The New York Magazine, Luhrmann revealed that he was actually not going to make The Great Gatsby "right now".
I'm not doing Gatsby right now for this reason. Because despite what might be out there, I have made no comment about anything. So until I say it, it's not said, you know.
What it means is, much like what goes on in any event, when you're in the middle of the work, there's all sorts of things you're doing, and, you know, when I'm really clear — I, right now, my only focus is absorbing — I've been studying Fitzgerald now for three years, and my only act now is to absorb the DNA of his world, his life, the world of the novel. That's why I have published on our website all the books we're reading. And I think before we all engage anyone, the first thing to do is to do your homework, read the books, and then let's talk.
With that said, it would seem like Luhrmann isn't making the movie, only, he is. "No, I'm making The Great Gatsby," said the director, who would not confirm reports that he's shooting the movie in 3-D or the casting. Despite Luhrmann's comments, the director is reportedly set to shoot the movie in Australia this August.
Australia's The Daily Telegraph reports that Luhrmann's comments to New York Magazine "surprised the State Government's Department of Industry and Investment, which stated the film will begin shooting in August with their full support." The Telegraph confirmed the production plans.
A hasty call to Luhrmann's Bazmark Films yesterday reassured "The Great Gatsby will commence preproduction in Sydney in late May as planned."
This will come as good news to Bradley Cooper, who recently revealed to The New York Times (prior to Luhrmann's interview) that he was interested in the role of Tom Buchanan.
To me, he’s the best character in the book. He’s so complicated. He’s xenophobic, he’s an alcoholic, but he also understands some profound stuff about class. Whoever plays it has to take a gentle hand, because it could so easily be stock, where he’s a rich jerk you don’t identify with at all.
Cooper said he was far from confirmed in the role. "I don’t even know if I’m on Lurhmann’s radar," Cooper admitted. "Maybe he’ll read this article after the role’s cast and say, 'Oh. Ha. Yeah, that guy was never going to get it.'"
Cooper could be right, only Luhrmann has to feel like admitting he's making Gatsby first.