Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Great Gatsby’ Pushed Back to Summer 2013

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Moviegoers were preparing to be offered very different flavors of Leonardo DiCaprio this Christmas, between Leo dropping racial epithets in Quetin Tarantino’s Django Unchained – and putting on a handsome face as the yearning protagonist in Baz Luhrmann’s Great Gatsby. The game plan has changed, now that Warner Bros. has pushed the 3D adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel back from December 25th, 2012 to a (tentatively, unspecified) date in Summer 2013.

Scroll on down to learn the official explanation for why Warner Bros. has decided to delay the release of Great Gatsby for six months (at least).

Warner Bros. President of Domestic Distribution Dan Fellman and President of International Distribution Veronika Kwan Vandenberg have issued the following statements (via an official press release):

In making the announcement, Fellman stated, “Based on what we’ve seen, Baz Luhrmann’s incredible work is all we anticipated and so much more. It truly brings Fitzgerald’s American classic to life in a completely immersive, visually stunning and exciting way. We think moviegoers of all ages are going to embrace it, and it makes sense to ensure this unique film reaches the largest audience possible.”

Kwan Vandenberg confirmed, “Baz is known for being innovative, but with this film he has done something completely unexpected—making it in 3D—while capturing the emotion, the intimacy, the power and the spectacle of the time. The responses we’ve had to some of the early sneak peeks have been phenomenal, and we think ‘The Great Gatsby’ will be the perfect summer movie around the world.”

Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey arrives this year on December 14th, less than two weeks before Great Gatsby was previously slated to open in theaters. It’s surprising that Warner Bros. has waited until now to reposition Luhrmann’s $150 million project, so it won’t have to compete against Jackson’s return to Middle-earth at the box office.

The Great Gatsby 2012 cast Baz Luhrmanns Great Gatsby Pushed Back to Summer 2013

The cast of Baz Luhrmann's 'Great Gatsby'

The Great Gatsby trailer overflows with brazen production design and energetic visual style – with the emotion factor cranked up to 11, in keeping with Luhrmann’s usual storytelling. That’s to say: Great Gatsby will draw in the filmmaker’s fans, along with those either intrigued (or morbidly-curious) to see what Fitzgerald’s literary masterpiece is like in Luhrmann’s hands. It nonetheless seems like the sort of prestige flick that’d do better financial business when awards season fever is rampant.

Moulin Rouge! opened in May of 2001 and became a serious awards-contender, so perhaps Warner Bros. is hoping to recreate the critical success of that Luhrmann production (while also bringing in more box office loot). Warner Bros. has Man of Steel arriving next June and Pacific Rim in July, so a May 2013 launch date for Great Gatsby makes all the more sense (looking from that angle).

We’ll keep you updated on The Great Gatsby as the story develops.

Source: Warner Bros.

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  1. Yeah, no surprises here. Though, they now run the risk of going against Star Trek 2 (which I anticipate to have a very good box office run).

  2. Okay, so now The Hobbit has next to no competition this Holiday.
    Looks like WB is setting a clear path for it to make some serious $$

    • Yeah even tho django Will be great.

  3. Although I’m much more excited for Gatsby and Man of Steel than I am for The Hobbit, I think it was a very smart move to push those two films back so as not to be in competition with it. Besides, now I don’t have to decide between seeing Gatsby and Django on Christmas.

  4. Putting The Great Gatsby novel through a Moulin Rouge paint sprayer
    by a director who has expressed and Occupy Wall Street sensibility
    toward American capitalism creates a fiction of the novel’s truth.

    • I’m not sure what you mean here. Gatsby is easily one of the most blatantly anti-capitalist novels ever written by an American. You’d be surprised how often Fitzgerald is actually brought up in essays about Occupy as a spiritual predecessor to the movement.

      Of course, I could see how it would be equally valid to interpret it in the other direction.

  5. There goes Leo’s next chance at getting an Oscar nomination.

    • Nah, he’s going for it big time in Django. I wasnt too impressed with his acting in the Gatsby trailer, it gave me the same feeling that J. Edgar did, and we all saw what a turd that was

      • Leo was fantastic in J edgar, his acting was the only thing that made that movie watchable. Eastwood’s dreary and generic directing coupled with a poor script is what crippled the movie. He’s the best actor right now, that’s indisputable.

        • Yeah, I don’t usually watch Eastwood’s films because honestly I don’t like them. But that was the only one that after I finished it I said: That was great!

          I don’t get all the hate towards that movie.

          • Eastwood has lost it a little at his old age. But have you seen Mystic River & Unforgiven? Two great films.

        • It’s disputable, some can argue Bale and some can argue Fassbender.

          • Bale, Fass, Leo. All great actors but if your going for indubitable it has to be Daniel Day Lewis. Day Lewis is the best actor alive and u can’t say he isn’t. The man will probably get his 4th Oscar next year. He won a Oscar starring with Leo who was the main character but Daniel Day completely stole every scene he was in (including the ones with Leo. Daniel has stared in less movies than anyone you have mentioned as well and still has a better body of work. Fassbender, Leo, Bale are the best but Day Lewis is the best of the best.

            • Smart move by the studio. I think had they not done the move the movie would have been a complete flop but this gives them a chance. Django Unchained is the only competition that The Hobbit has. I think both should do well but The Hobbit with 3D IMAX showings should bring in the most out of the two. I think they should have taken “The Bourne Legacy” approach personally and delayed it a month or two. Releasing it in May also has its drawbacks with Star Trek 2, Iron Man 3, The Hangover 3(they have a strong fan base), and Fast & Furious 6(Also has a strong fan base). June also brings in more movie competition as well. I think Jan. 2013 would have been perfect considering maybe “The Last Stand” or “Parker” being their competition.

  6. I’m sure I’m late to this by now but seriously, 3D? Can’t imagine there’s a huge audience share clamoring for this to literally jump off the screen at them.

  7. Django Unchained and The Great Gatsby were scheduled to release the same weekend. Leo fans would have been spilt, and studios don’t like that.

    • And he would have to promote two movies at the same time which is always a nightmare