Exclusive: Prince & Lady Gaga May Contribute New Songs To Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby'

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by Gabe Toro
October 14, 2012 3:04 PM
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Eyebrows were raised when "The Great Gatsby" was removed from its late-December release, rescheduled for next spring. The Baz Luhrmann picture was just one of many Warner Bros. films possibly angling for Oscar nominations, but with a crowded slate, and the difficulty in securing a large percentage of 3D screens, it seemed doubtful that the F. Scott Fitzgerald would be a Christmas gift to viewers. But could it be that, with a new May 10, 2013 date, Luhrmann's film is using that time to spruce up the soundtrack?

Speaking with Adelaide Clemens during press rounds for "Silent Hill 3D: Revelation," she took a moment to discuss her role as Catherine in the Fitzgerald adaptation, revealing that "The Great Gatsby" may be getting some heavy-duty firepower added to its soundtrack. "They have some new music that's going to be added to the film," Clemens said. "Some pretty huge artists have approached Baz and are writing songs for the film, and I don't think Warner Bros. are going to turn down Prince and Lady Gaga knocking down your door." She confirmed she was referring to the Prince and the Lady Gaga, demurring, "I don't know if I'm allowed to say that." 

While we'll have to wait and see if those artists make the final cut or deliver tracks in time, it does seem like the potential creative choice for someone like Luhrmann, a filmmaker with an audacious taste for contemporary pop music. Prince is no stranger to soundtracks, though he hasn't contributed to a film with new material since 2006's "Happy Feet." However this would be the first film to feature wholly original Lady Gaga tunes. Could it possibly be a superstar collaboration? Clemens also made sure to tease further, ending her comments with "to name a few," suggesting perhaps many more popular artists would be providing the film with a pop-music soundscape.

So keep your ears open when "The Great Gatsby" hits in 2013.

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11 Comments

  • Connie | October 20, 2012 4:48 PMReply

    Personally, I don't care who does the music as long as it fits in with the movie time period. I hate watching a film that's gone to great lengths to make you feel you're in either the 17th century or whatever then you get Bow Wow Wow coming thru the speaker system. No, it didn't work for me!
    These artists are capable of writing songs to fit the film..Please make the effort. It is bad enough that once again we have a actress that doesn't even fit the description of "Catherine" in The Great Gatsby and these is the second attempt at filming this book. I can wait till it comes out on cable.

  • WahWahhhhh | October 16, 2012 4:29 PMReply

    Prince and Lady GaGa are supposed to make us excited for this movie?

  • ICNY | October 15, 2012 3:06 AMReply

    They're still letting this guy make movies? Who is fronting the money...the mafia?

  • OOGLE MONSTER | October 14, 2012 8:17 PMReply

    I don't understand the haters. You don't have to go see the film if you don't like Luhrmann's style. He creates large, fun spectacles and I for one am excited for this film. I think Luhrmann is the perfect choice for adapting this spectacular novel and with a first-rate cast and an inevitably wonderful soundtrack, it will be a big hit. Can't wait for Oscars 2014... best pic, director, actor/actress, ALL THE AWARDS!

  • sue | October 14, 2012 7:11 PMReply

    this movie is going to be fantastic...i cannot wait for it to open. baz is the best choice for a movie of this scale. it will be just as beautiful as moulin rouge and romeo and juliet.

  • MJ | October 14, 2012 5:29 PMReply

    Well at least they're going out of their way to make it really bad, that'll tarnish Fitzgerald a little less. Not that Baz needed any help creating a train wreck.

  • Ben | October 14, 2012 3:47 PMReply

    Prince is no stranger to soundtracks, though he hasn't contributed to a film with new material since 1996's "Girl 6."

    2000 - "2045: Radical Man" in Spike Lee's BAMBOOZLED
    2006 - "The Song of the Heart" (for which he won the Golden Globe) in HAPPY FEET

  • Jess | October 14, 2012 5:14 PM

    Thanks for the correction, Ben, we've edited it in.

  • Christian | October 14, 2012 3:38 PMReply

    And I thought Baz couldn't make anything worse than Australia...!

  • yer | October 14, 2012 4:38 PM

    You doubt the powers of Spaz Luhrman.

  • Christian | October 14, 2012 3:18 PMReply

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31g0YE61PLQ

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