Baz Luhrmann To Ruin ‘The Great Gatsby’

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Many people adore director Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge. Even more love his Romeo + Juliet. I am not one of those people. Something about Luhrmann’s style makes me want to stab my eyes out with Nicole Kidman’s stiletto heels. That’s why I cringed with disdain when I learned the director would be taking on one of my favorite books of all time, The Great Gatsby. To some, the pairing is rather perfect; Luhrmann taking on the decadent world of 1920s “West Egg,” (a.k.a. Great Neck, NY) seems like a task tailor-made for him. To others, like me, this seems like a recipe for an indulgent, frenetic disaster. I sincerely hope I’m proven wrong, especially since the rumored cast of Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire actually seems somewhat perfect.

For more information on the film’s development, read the full article here.

6 replies on “Baz Luhrmann To Ruin ‘The Great Gatsby’”

  1. Couldn’t agree more. I think Baz Luhrman is one of the most overrated directors of the past decade. I liked Romeo + Juliet … because I was 16 when it came out. Everything since then, including Obi Wan singing, is cringe-inducing at best.

  2. I read this as, “Blah blah blah blah blah Leonardo DiCaprio, blah blah blah blah.”

    I’m IN!!

  3. I actually love Baz Luhrman (especially Moulin Rouge) but The Great Gatsby has been proven over and over again (at least three times) to be UNADAPTABLE. I can understand why people want to film it (for me, it’s probably the greatest American novel), but it’s not the plot that makes it great – it’s the writing, and that can’t be shown. (This is why P. G. Wodehouse doesn’t adapt well to film, either – even the Fry and Laurie Wooster/Jeeves series.) The Redford version is absolutely awful – endless and heavy as lead, and the 1949 version with Alan Ladd is also terrible. There’s a new stage version, called Gatz, which is opening tonight off-Broadway, in which the entire book is read aloud (it takes 6-7 hours) – that’s probably the best way to adapt it.

  4. Baz luhrmann aka the sunscreen guy from 1999. Not since vitamin C recorded “the graduation song” has there been such a stirring and emotional masterpiece.

    My burst guess is he is going to over artsy it and confuse and ailenate mainstream audiences with the remake.

    When is someone going to try and fail at making a movie of catcher in the rye?

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