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Warner Bros. Dates 'The Great Gatsby' For May 2013 Release

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by The Playlist
September 20, 2012 12:49 PM
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Breaking: Well, guess that means it's almost certainly not an Oscar picture. After being taken off it's Oscar-primed Christmas 2012 slateWarner Bros. has dated Baz Luhrmann’s "The Great Gatsby" for a May 10, 2013 release (the week before Cannes mind you, so it won't be at the Croisette). The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher and more. So the question remains, what type of picture is it? Much more escapist fare perhaps?

Then again, to be fair, "Moulin Rouge" score eight nominations and it was released at the beginning of the summer in 2001, but that was also more than a decade ago. "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and "Moonrise Kingdom," like Woody Allen's "Midnight In Paris" last year, may prove that early summer pictures can still go on to become major Oscar contenders, but the fact remains they are more akin to exceptions to the rule (and none were originally set for a primetime Academy friendly release, only to get pushed almost six months). Press release below.

Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ “The Great Gatsby” will open early in the Summer 2013 season, hitting theaters on May 10 in the U.S. and Canada, with an international rollout beginning the following week. The announcement was made today by Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President of International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

Fellman stated, “Audiences have been looking forward to Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptation of one of the most beloved books of all time, and we felt this beautifully extravagant and dramatic film would be a perfect way for us to kick off our Summer slate.”

Kwan Vandenberg added, “Baz’s unique take on ‘Gatsby’ is glitzy and glamorous, with his juxtaposition of the classic tale and contemporary themes hitting just the right note. This film should really add heat to the competitive Summer season.”

From the uniquely imaginative mind of writer/producer/director Baz Luhrmann comes the new big screen adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby. The filmmaker has created his own distinctive visual interpretation of the classic story, bringing the period to life in a way that has never been seen before, in a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role.

“The Great Gatsby” follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz, bootleg kings, and sky-rocketing stocks. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby, and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy, and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan. 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 of 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.

Academy Award® nominee DiCaprio (“J. Edgar,” “Aviator”) plays Jay Gatsby, with Tobey Maguire starring as Nick Carraway; Oscar® nominee Carey Mulligan (“An Education”) and Joel Edgerton as Daisy and Tom Buchanan; Isla Fisher and Jason Clarke as Myrtle and George Wilson; and newcomer Elizabeth Debicki as Jordan Baker. Indian film legend Amitabh Bachchan will play the role of Meyer Wolfsheim.

Oscar® nominee Luhrmann (“Moulin Rouge!”) directs the film in 3D from a screenplay co-written with frequent collaborator Craig Pearce, based on Fitzgerald’s book. Luhrmann produces, along with Catherine Martin, Academy Award® winner Douglas Wick (“Gladiator”), Lucy Fisher and Catherine Knapman. The executive producers are Academy Award® winner Barrie M. Osborne (“Lord of the Rings – Return of the King”) and Bruce Berman.

Two-time Academy Award®-winning production and costume designer Catherine Martin (“Moulin Rouge!”) designs as well as produces. The editors are Matt Villa, Jason Ballantine and Jonathan Redmond, and the director of photography is Simon Duggan. The music is by Craig Armstrong.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, in association with A&E Television, a Bazmark/Red Wagon Entertainment Production, a Film by Baz Luhrmann, “The Great Gatsby.” In theaters May 10, 2013, the film will be distributed in 3D and 2D by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.

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7 Comments

  • Lou | September 21, 2012 10:38 AMReply

    I still cannot understand how can people speak of a film being an oscar contender BEFORE the film is even edited/released. Isn't it better to have a look at it first? In addition, has anyone thought that distributing oscars ahead of time might 'burn' the movie, give it the 'kiss of death', since by creating excessive hype excessive disappointment might ensue?

  • oogle monster | September 20, 2012 3:03 PMReply

    Pretty sure Moulin Rouge followed a similar format and was most definitely an Oscar contender. Ya'll need to be nicer to this movie.

  • Cde. | September 20, 2012 1:32 PMReply

    The international roll out being held back until the following week may be so as not to rule out a slot at Cannes. The festival requires that films not have opened outside their native territory. Zodiac opened in North America in March 2007 but then had a simultaneous international release in May after its first Cannes screening.

  • SARCASM POLICE | September 20, 2012 1:20 PMReply

    Dear Chris: You have reached your maximum sarcasm allowance for the day. Please refrain from sarcastic remarks until midnight, when your allowance will be reset.

  • Chris | September 20, 2012 12:54 PMReply

    Yeah that's right - sound logic once again, guys. If they're releasing it in May, it must not be an "Oscar picture." Just like Luhrmann's "Moulin Rouge!," which was also released in May and got 8 Oscar nominations. I'm glad you're so confident in your own baseless assumptions.

  • Chris | September 20, 2012 1:12 PM

    To "Duh" (if that's your REAL name): You're right, my mistake. You've got it all figured out. No movies have ever been pushed from Christmas of one year to sometime the following year and been any good - certainly not Oscar-worthy. That has never happened. You are right. And it's certainly not at ALL possible that a Baz Luhrmann film is simply going too long in post-production to be ready for a Christmas release date, so I'm glad you've dismissed that possibility as well. Furthermore, it's certainly impossible that the film was simply something that studio wasn't sure what to do with (unlikely for Luhrmann, since he's usually so mainstream and accessible) so they strategically placed it in May so they could sell the spectacle/3D/romance/melodrama to mainstream audiences. And on that note, it's CERTAINLY not possible that the studio is completely misinterpreting its late-year viability or its Oscar chances, because that has never, ever happened, has it? Of course not. I certainly don't remember any movies - *cough*ZODIAC*cough*WONDER BOYS*cough - that fit that description. One thing is clear: If a studio pushes a big-budget film with a long post schedule from an extremely crowded December schedule into a more financially viable May 10 slot where it is the only tentpole release, the film in question is virtually guaranteed to not be Oscar worthy. I mean, that's just science.

  • duh | September 20, 2012 12:57 PM

    When you get bumped off a prime Christmas Oscar date and then you open up the week before Cannes (they're not even gonna bother submitting it to the festival? they can't open it at the end of the month and debut at Cannes?) what does that tell you?

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