For all those dusting off their flapper dresses, cloche hats and cigarette holders in anticipation of Baz Luhrman’s adaptation of classic novel The Great Gatsby, the party might have to wait.
Although the film was originally intended for release on Christmas Day in the US and Boxing Day in the UK, it was announced on the 6th August that the release date has been pushed back to summer 2013.
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire, The Great Gatsby was widely tipped as a possible Oscar winner, but the new release date means missing out on consideration for the 85th Academy Awards, scheduled for the 24th February 2013. After the announcement, it was quickly suggested that Warner Bros. studios was not pleased with the initial product. However, executives have firmly disputed this, claiming that the change of date was to ensure the film’s chance of reaching as large an audience as possible.
The new release date may indeed grant the film a warmer reception, since it will avoid competition from other blockbusters scheduled for release in the 2012 Christmas period. These include Peter Jackson’s follow-up to The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit, Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, which also stars DiCaprio, the star-studded film adaptation of Les Miserables, which includes Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman, and Ang Lee’s adaptation of Life of Pi, which looks sumptuous enough to rival Gatsby director Baz Luhrman’s trademark visuals.
When questioned about the change, Luhrman said that he was working on the soundtrack. Luhrman’s perfectionism and use of modern songs in period pieces have previously brought him wide success. His best-known work, Moulin Rouge, was set in 1899 and featured rearrangements of songs such as Roxanne by The Police. Although the film overran its shooting schedule it went on to win two Oscars from eight nominations which included Best Picture.
The film is the second highly publicised Warner Bros. film to be given a new release date. In late July it was announced that action film Gangster Squad, previously due for release in September, has been moved to January 2013. This follows the shootings at a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado, on 20th July. Gangster Squad originally featured a scene which saw gangsters firing machine guns through the screen of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, but this will now be reshot in a different location.
Although many will be disappointed by the extended wait, it can only be hoped that this extra attention will deliver the glitz, glamour and all that jazz that audiences are so highly anticipating.
Written by Natasha Lavender