Baz Luhrmann’s Gatsby could use some money, old sport


Earlier in the month we reported that Baz Luhrmann’s Great Gatsby adaptation was delayed, pushed from winter 2012 to summer 2013. Luhrmann needs the extra time to work on the 3D and to compile an all-star soundtrack (which no doubt means various bands covering Smash Mouth’s “All Star.”)

If new reports are true, Luhrmann may be in a spot of trouble. An unnamed source who spoke to the Herald Sun says that the director is trying to raise funds to complete The Great Gatsby. Warner Bros. doesn’t want to inject additional money into the film, which they’ve already put $127 million into. While seeking private investors, Luhrmann has contacted cast members for reshoots. The Herald Sun also speculates that the date change may suggest a lack of faith from Warner Bros. — the movie shifted out of the awards season and into the summer blockbuster season.

We’ll find out about the quality of The Great Gatsby next year. But I gotta say, $127 million? Good lord, that’s a lotta money! I can get 12,000 signed first editions of The Great Gatsby for that kind of cash. Hell, I could probably get multiple signed firsts of every book by every author that Maxwell Perkins edited for that money and still have enough to buy a mansion on Long Island.

[Herald Sun via Film School Rejects]

Hubert Vigilla
Brooklyn-based fiction writer, film critic, and long-time editor and contributor for Flixist. A booster of all things passionate and idiosyncratic.