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Baz Luhrman Set For Great Gatsby
To mirror our own economic downfall

19 December 2008  |  Written by Emily Phillips  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Baz Luhrmann has acquired the rights for F. Scott Fitzgerald's pre-Depression masterpiece The Great Gatsby, so he can show us exactly what went wrong with the current economy.

Looking at the gilded butterflies of a golden age coming to a close, The Great Gatsby is regarded as one of the great American novels. The hedonism, materialism and amorality that Fitzgerald explored, draw obvious parallels to the current state of play as we sink into recession after a long period of luxuriant prosperity. Lurhmann says: "People will need an explanation of where we are and where we've been, and 'The Great Gatsby' can provide that explanation."

Feeling a need to administer a wake-up call to the public, he notes: "If you wanted to show a mirror to people that says, 'You've been drunk on money,' they're not going to want to see it. But if you reflected that mirror on another time they'd be willing to."

Luhrmann hopes to develop the project at a personally unprecedented speed to capture the significance of this parallel: "I'm going to move faster than I have before. I'd be surprised if it's another seven years." Undeterred by so-far-so-middling box office returns on Australia, he went on to say that the people needed to take a message of hope from the film.


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RE: Not Another Remake!
You know great gatsy is a novel, so it won't be a remake. It'll just be a new adaptation of a book like hundreds of others More

Posted by jonny-w at 13:39 on 21 December 2008 | Report This Post

Not Another Remake!
Why oh Why do directors have to do a remake of a classic film? Do they really think they can improve on something that is perfect? As for Baz Lurhman directing this, I can only imagine that it would be visually beautiful, but with no substance. Just like fairy floss all sugary and no body. For goodness sake somebody stop him before he ruins a great classic. More

Posted by paganprincess at 23:29 on 20 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Baz Luhrman Set For Great Gatsby
Baz Luhrman is a lovely, well meaning person.  Enthusiastic, visionary, romantic.  Unfortunately.... his films are fucking gash.  His films are like Terry Gilliam after a few vodkas getting tarted up at Julian Clary's house.  His films are tinsel on E....with added ADD.... ABBA, and a frigging script ham-strung with aspergers. He's a lovely man.  But can someone please tell him that he'd be just as lovely working in a fucking bank? Tack More

Posted by demoncleaner at 01:08 on 20 December 2008 | Report This Post

Could Be Great
I'm not a fan of Baz Lurman, he hasn't impressed me since Romeo and Juliet. On that note DiCaprio is perfect casting for Jay Gatsby, i'd also love to see Aaron Eckhart as Nick and Christian Bale as Tom. For the female leads i'd get Kate Winslet or Rachel McAdams as Daisy, Rachel Weisz as Jordan. This is one of my favourite books and I really hope they do it right. More

Posted by matthewforan at 20:35 on 19 December 2008 | Report This Post

Yay another remake
I'm fond of the original for two reason, one it was filmed at least partially in my town and two it had the great Sam Waterston. If he redoes one of those two things I'll fully support this. More

Posted by JohnClark at 19:59 on 19 December 2008 | Report This Post

It seems a perfect match
Baz Lurman and The Great Gatsby. He seems to be born to make the ultimate film based of the excesses of the 1920'a. I'm not saying this particular project will be it but with Robert Altamn sadly no longer with us Baz Lurman is the perfect choice. More

Posted by Taz69 at 14:02 on 19 December 2008 | Report This Post

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L: ThismonkeyhasRAGE I bet Nicole bland-Kidman is going to be cast as Daisy... hats pretty much a certainty Another performance where she walks around with her nose in the air and barely registers any kind of human emotion, fantastic More

Posted by Drew_231 at 12:27 on 19 December 2008 | Report This Post

Luhrman Overated...discuss
Honestly don't know what all the fuss is about with Luhrman. His films have the striking visuals of a Hype Williams music video which while all good for a music video doesn't necessarily a good film make. Story telling wise don't think I enjoyed a single one of his films. Romeo & Juliet being the closest but after the initial yes very clever about half way through all got a little bit irritating. I wouldn't trust him with as seminal piece of american literature as The Great Gatsby at least n More

Posted by bronco3114 at 11:51 on 19 December 2008 | Report This Post

There's no way in hell that Baz Luhrman is going to give Gatsby the quality and depth that he deserves in his silver screen translation. I bet Nicole bland-Kidman is going to be cast as Daisy... More

Posted by ThismonkeyhasRAGE at 10:40 on 19 December 2008 | Report This Post

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