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Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby' Moved From Christmas Day To Summer 2013

by Kevin Jagernauth
August 6, 2012 1:38 PM
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The Great Gatsby Leonardo DiCaprio Tobey Maguire

Take this one right out of the Oscar race folks. While showing off a razzle dazzle trailer earlier this year that matched up Jay-Z beats with Jazz Age glamour, Warner Bros. have decided to shift Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" from a Christmas Day relaese to an unspecified date next summer.

Is it a troubled film? Nah, not likely. It more or less seems like a film they don't believe will play for awards as much as it will play as a big audience pleaser. “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,” said WB's president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman.

But on another more practical level, something was bound to move out of the hugely crowded December frame. With "Les Miserables," "Django Unchained," "Zero Dark Thirty" and "This Is 40" all coming within two weeks of each other, something had to give. And with Warner Bros. also behind "The Hobbit" -- which is now officially turned into a trilogy -- in December (which is also in 3D), this will allow them to put their full resources behind that picture, which they hope will be the start of something that matches the massive success of the "Lord Of The Rings" series (and not cannabalize screens in the format either).

So sorry folks, the romance, decadence and drama of Jay, Daisy and Nick as played by Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire will have to wait. But hey, maybe it's a bit more time for you to fire up the Kindle and order up F. Scott Fitzgerald's book.

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.”
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  • lisa | August 7, 2012 10:23 AMReply

    How utterly disappointing !

  • olli | August 7, 2012 3:55 AMReply

    Maybe they just realized that starting Django unchained and The great Gatsby on the same date, (both starring Leo) isn`t the best idea for both movies?

  • Peter P | August 7, 2012 7:43 AM

    Seems like Leo was probably in on this as well. He has the kind of clout where he could get the studio to move one release plus it looks like Baz needed more time for the visuals and the music to come together. I don't think it's a sign of a bad film at all. I was skeptical when I saw the trailer online but seeing it in 3d before Prometheus confirmed that this film is going to be balls out amazing (at the very least, visually). As another reader noted, it looks like they are following in the mold of Moulin Rouge. Perhaps a Cannes premiere is in the cards?

  • Jay | August 6, 2012 7:35 PMReply

    Did everyone just collectively forget that Moulin Rouge had also moved its release date from summer to winter? That turned out pretty darn well for the movie, cast, and crew!

  • Biguhoh | August 6, 2012 7:15 PMReply

    They're going to do reshoots so they can add more Channing Tatum.

  • lol | August 6, 2012 5:24 PMReply

    Damn this might be an even bigger turkey than I thought.

  • Mike | August 6, 2012 3:12 PMReply

    No way, they're probably looking for a way to excuse the fact that it'll get nothing in the way of awards by blaming it's summer release. Can we just dump it to DVD & stop delaying this indecent desecration of one of the best writers of all time please?

  • oogle monster | August 6, 2012 7:26 PM

    That's awfully harsh. It is most likely to build up word of mouth just like they did with Moulin Rouge. While the date change sucks for fans like myself, I think ultimately it will work out and speed through awards season next year.

  • SittingPat | August 6, 2012 3:21 PM


  • Cinematic_high | August 6, 2012 3:11 PMReply

    Fuck you, WB......first the damn Gangster Squad debacle (that was unnecessary) and now this! Fuckers....

  • oogle monster | August 6, 2012 2:45 PMReply

    This is seriously the worst news ever. I have been waiting for this film since it was announced 2 years ago. FUCKKKK.

  • oogle monster | August 6, 2012 7:25 PM

    Yeah Hilarious, that's exactly what happened. Universal saw my post and scared WB into moving the date for Gatsby.

  • Hilarious | August 6, 2012 4:39 PM

    Oogle, that is what you get for trashing Les Miserables, and bragging about The Great Gatsby.

  • yer | August 6, 2012 1:40 PMReply

    Probably a mess like most of Spaz Luhman's other stuff.

  • AS | August 6, 2012 1:43 PM


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