‘The Great Gatsby’ Lands An Official Release Date

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Baz Luhrmann to shoot The Great Gatsby in 3D The Great Gatsby Lands An Official Release Date

Principal photography on writer/director Baz Luhrmann’s expensive adaptation of The Great Gatsby officially commenced about six weeks ago (at the time of writing) on location in Australia – which will “play” Long Island in the film. The Leonardo DiCaprio-headlined period drama/romance has long been expected to reach theaters before the end of 2012, in order to qualify for the 2013 Academy Awards.

Warner Bros. has officially settled on a U.S. theatrical release date for The Great Gatsby – and, as it turns out, another DiCaprio-starring period piece will be hitting theaters that same day.

Great Gatsby is set for a December 25th, 2012 U.S. theatrical release, where it will open directly against Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained – a movie that features DiCaprio in an antagonistic role, in opposition to his good-hearted lead turn in Great Gatsby. So, fans of the actor should be ready to see the man take on two strikingly different personas – that of a hopeless romantic in Gatsby and a malicious slave owner in Django – during next year’s holiday season.

In case you missed it, here’s the official synopsis for Luhrmann’s new project:

“The Great Gatsby” follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz and bootleg kings. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby (DiCaprio), and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy (Carey Mulligan), and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton). It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles.

While plenty of Luhrmann fans will be eager to see the filmmaker put his own stylized turn on Fitzgerald’s allegorical tale, most people seem (frankly) confounded by the fact that this new Great Gatsby adaptation will not only cost $150 million – but also, be shot in 3D. Put mildly, that seems excessive, seeing how Fitzgerald’s novel is essentially a character-driven melodrama.

On the other hand: that budget assures that Luhrmann will recreate Gatsby‘s 1920s setting with an impressive amount of flair and visual panache. So long as the story and characters, who are being brought to life by an overall excellent collection of thespians, aren’t left in the dust – that’s not guaranteed to be a bad thing. As always, we shall have to wait and see…


Feel free to let us know which DiCaprio-starring vehicle due to hit theaters on Christmas Day 2012 – The Great Gatsby or Django Unchained – you’re more interested in seeing.

Source: Warner Bros.

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  1. Django all day!

  2. I’ll be seeing Gatsby, for sure. I’m skeptical about it, though.

  3. I’m going to watch both.
    Great gatsby is one of my favorite novels and I’m loving the cast, bit skeptical about the 3D though but I’m still going to watch.

    and Django Unchained cause its Terantino.

  4. Never really understood the popularity of this novel. It’s just snobby rich people throwing big parties and standing around thumbing their noses at each other.

    I can see why it won a lot of awards since snobby rich people give most of the awards but why the general public finds it so fascinating I couldn’t tell you.

    I guess it’s like the Dallas or Dynasty of it’s time. People just like to watch the antics of those silly rich folks

    • i happen to think gatsby was a great novel, far ahead of it’s time with it’s dark, underlying themes. it’s a story of the quest of the american dream, or the decline of it, and an examination on human nature and love.

      it’s a great novel, one that studies the darker side of love, for example, the ‘daisy’ that gatsby meets five years after them being together can never live up to gatsby’s expectations, expectations that he had dreamed of for five years.

      this bar of standard, if you will, gatsby has set for daisy can never be met, and in turn causes gatsby to dream bigger, hoping to one day return the present-day gatsby and daisy to the past versions of themselves. this could never be, as both people have changed dramatically as all people do within a course of five years.

      all of this, with themes of wealth and social standing weave through the story’s main plot, offering complex symbolism that is often not found in novels of that time.

    • Wow, this is the most snobby comment I have ever read. I am poor, and hate the superficiality of rich people almost more than anything. I totally get this book. Maybe it just doesn’t speak your language. This book is actually calling out the superficiality of rich people, not glorifying it by any means. The whole book, you want Daisy to be someone beautiful and kind, and when she has no clue how to hold and attend to her child (which any mother with a semblance of a heart would), I just wrote it off as a desire for something more. But at the end of the book the author relates how the something in her voice that men love wasn’t sweetness at all. It was money. And you realize that Daisy really is an empty shell of a woman, not at all the woman I wish she was. And her character remains in ashes for the rest of the book.

  5. it may just be me, but i do not believe ’3D’ and ‘Gatsby’ belong in the same sentence.

    • Sure it does: The Great Gatsby should not be in 3D. See, works fine. :-D

      I don’t know, guys. My eyes feel like the title picture just thinking about seeing TGG. It just seems really boring to me. If that makes me an unsophisticated cretin, so be it.

    • Baz is the greatest,

      He wants to be on the cutting edge, and he will make 3D work with Gatsby. Have you seen Moulin Rouge!? I have never seen a 3D movie, but as someone who has watched all of Baz’s feature films many times and observed the greatness of both his writing and his creative directing, and his fantastic insight into love, I say with confidence that this film will be awesome.