The Great Gatsby Release Pushed to Next Year

Entertainment Weekly reports that Warner Bros. is pushing The Great Gatsby to Summer 2013. The film, from director Baz Luhrmann, is a 3D adaptation of the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, and stars an A-list cast that includes Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton and Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role of Jay Gatsby.

Normally when a movie gets pushed to a later release date, it often means there’s a problem with the film itself. Either it got poor scores in audience testing or just isn’t working to studio exec’s expectations, but in those cases the film is often moved to slower times of the year when it can bomb without much public attention. That doesn’t seem to be the case with Gatsby, which was originally slated to open on Christmas day this year, but is now up against the action movie power houses of summer. Perhaps this delay isn’t a problem at all, but as the studio is saying, a chance for Luhrmann to fulfill his true vision.

“Based on what we’ve seen, Baz Luhrmann’s incredible work is all we anticipated and so much more,” Dan Fellman, president of domestic distribution at Warner Bros. said in a statement. “It truly brings Fitzgerald’s American classic to life in a completely immersive, visually stunning and exciting way.”

That sentiment was echoed by Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, president of international distribution. “With this film [Baz] has done something completely unexpected-making it in 3D-while capturing the emotion, the intimacy, the power and the spectacle of the time,” she said. “The responses we’ve had to some of the early sneak peeks have been phenomenal_The Great Gatsby will be the perfect summer movie around the world.”

Only time will tell if that hype matches with reality, but from the way the studio has positioned the film it does look like this is a project they really believe in.

Tobey Maguire in Baz Lurhmann's new film The Great Gatsby

Toby Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio star in the Baz Lurhmann adaptation of The Great Gatsby

Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures