You may have seen the trailer to Baz Luhrmann’s fantastical interpretation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Set to the music of Jay-Z, Kanye and Jack White, the advertisement was the collision of time and music, and the production and set design was simply gorgeous. Anyone familiar with Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge! knows that the filmmaker has a gifted visual acumen.
So it is with some surprise that Warner Bros. has decided to push back the release of The Great Gatsby from its Christmas Day opening to summer 2013.
In an official statement released by Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman:
“Based on what we’ve seen, Baz Luhrmann’s incredible work is all we anticipated and so much more. It truly brings Fitzgerald’s American classic to life in a completely immersive, visually stunning and exiting way. We think movieogers of all ages are going to embrace it, and it makes sense to ensure this unique film reaches the largest audience possible.”
Considered to be an awards contender for Warners, the move to next summer allows the studio to focus on other 2012 releases that could vie for filmmaking achievements. This includes the already released The Dark Knight Rises, plus the forthcoming releases of Cloud Atlas, Argo (dir., Ben Affleck), Trouble with the Curve (starring Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams) and New Line’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
The move comes on the heels of Warner Bros. bumping Gangster Squad from its September release to January 2013, as a response to the theater shooting in Aurora, Col.
Travis Leamons is one of the Inside Pulse Originals and currently holds the position of Managing Editor at Inside Pulse Movies. He's told that the position is his until he's dead or if "The Boss" can find somebody better. I expect the best and I give the best. Here's the beer. Here's the entertainment. Now have fun. That's an order!