Disappointing news for all fans anticipating the arrival of Baz Luhrmann’s 3D adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby. Warner Bros. recently delayed the film’s opening day from Christmas Day of this year to an unspecified date in Summer 2013.
Fans and critics alike thought this film would be a shoe-in at the upcoming Academy Awards, but the delay means it will no longer be a contender in this year’s awards. No explanation was given about the reason for the delay, but Warner Bros. President of Domestic Distribution Dan Fellman released a statement saying they wanted to be certain that “this unique film reaches the largest audience possible,” leaving us to speculate that they anticipate a larger crowd next summer.
It has also been suggested that the delay will give Luhrmann more time to work on the 3D effects of this film, which have been said to be “extensive.” The film is also rumored to have an “all-star soundtrack” according to the LA Times.
Now moviegoers will have to settle for seeing Leonardo DiCaprio star in only one film debuting on Christmas Day, Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. Starring alongside DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby is Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, Isla Fisher, and Joel Edgerton.
The delay will only increase everyone’s anticipation of the film, so the stakes are very high for Luhrmann. Moviegoers across the world are excited and hopeful for this to be an instant classic! Stay tuned for further updates.