So apparently, F. Scott Fitzgerald is all the rage now in Hollywood.
Coming off the time travel Woody Allen film Midnight in Paris, where F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald appear as characters in the movie. F. Scott’s most famous work,THE GREAT GATSBY,is now receiving a big budget film treatment from the creative voices of Baz Luhrmann and Leonardo DiCaprio. Not only is it a big budget-Hollywood-Christmas-studio-tentpole film, with stars such as Leo, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan, the movie will also look to be an awards season darling. If that wasn’t enough, the filmmakers have made the unusual step of presenting the film in 3D.
Usually the 3D format is reserved for the action film genre. But I can see the format working to emphasize and enhance the themes in the story of corruption caused by excessive and outlandish wealth. The film will also feature the unique; visual flair and dramatic sensibilities of Australian director Baz Luhrmann. Based on this trailer, the movie will also feature a modern soundtrack. No doubt to appeal to a younger generation. Luhrmann used that format to success with his adaptation of the classic Shakespeare play Romeo + Juliet and his musical Moulin Rouge.
Will the Luhrmann touch work for The Great Gatsby? If anything, I’m intrigued by the trailer. God knows the plot is good. I guess my concern would be how much of an update will be made to the story. It’s one thing to update Shakespeare, which is routinely done in theatre. But it’s another thing altogether to update a classic period piece like The Great Gatsby.
I’m just not sure how Jay-z and U2 music will play in a 1922 setting. Well…actually…based on this trailer we now get a taste.
The Great Gatsby stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher, Elizabeth Debicki, Jason Clarke and Amitabh Bachchan. The screenplay is by Baz Luhrmann, and Craig Pearce. The Great Gatsby is directed by Baz Luhrmann. It is scheduled for release May 10, 2013.
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 will create 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 and bootleg kings. 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 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.