‘The Great Gatsby’ Update: Baz Luhrmann Will Have to Wait Until Next Summer to Shine
Visionary director Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's literary classic 'The Great Gatsby' was set to thrill audiences this December, but it looks like Warner Bros. has had a change of heart and isn't releasing the film until next summer.
Variety is reporting that Warner Bros. has yanked 'The Great Gatsby' from its December spot, where it was set to debut along with other big holiday releases like Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained,' Kathryn Bigelow's 'Zero Dark Thirty,' 'Les Miserables' and Judd Apatow's 'This is 40.' That's a pretty competitive month of films, though the studio hasn't said that the crowded December slate has anything to do with the change.
'The Great Gatsby' is now scheduled for release sometime next summer; the exact release date has yet to be determined.
There doesn't seem to be any post-production trouble, and the trailer doesn't indicate the likelihood of a hot mess, so it's possible that the studio is just looking to schedule it for release in a month where it might fare better. It's a film that will inevitably draw people of all ages, and the summer makes for a much better time to capitalize on that aspect. On top of that, the cast is impeccable, with leads Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, and Leonardo DiCaprio (who worked with Luhrmann previously on 'Romeo + Juliet')
And now that the film has been removed from its December slot, it's safe to say that Warner Bros. isn't concerned with 'The Great Gatsby' racking up awards during the prestigious winter season.