'The Great Gatsby' release date moved to summer 2013
Fans will have to wait a little longer to see Baz Luhrmann's 3D take on "The Great Gatsby."
Warner Bros. Pictures, the studio behind the film, announced in a statement on Monday, August 6, that the release date for "The Great Gatsby" is being moved from Dec. 25, 2012 to summer 2013.
"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 exciting way," Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, said in the statement. "We think moviegoers of all ages are going to embrace it, and it makes sense to ensure this unique film reaches the largest audience possible."
A specific release date has not been announced. The movie is based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel of the same name. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby, Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan, Isla Fisher as Myrtle Wilson and Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway, the narrator.
Carraway plays a Midwesterner who moves to Long Island and finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifestyle of his neighbor, Gatsby. He is eventually drawn into Gatsby's social circle, and becomes a witness to obsession and tragedy.
"Baz is known for being innovative, but with this film he has done something completely unexpected --making it in 3D -- while capturing the emotion, the intimacy, the power and the spectacle of the time," Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President of International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures said in Monday's statement about the film. "The responses we've had to some of the early sneak peeks have been phenomenal, and we think 'The Great Gatsby' will be the perfect summer movie around the world."
The book's most famous big screen adaptation was the 1974 version with Mia Farrow and Robert Redford. There was also a 2000 television version that starred Mira Sorvino and Paul Rudd.
Luhrmann is also the director of the 2001 musical film "Moulin Rouge!," which stars Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor. He also directed DiCaprio in the 1996 movie "Romeo + Juliet."
Watch the trailer for "The Great Gatsby" below.