Baz Luhrmann’s updating of The Great Gatsby has a new release date – clear your calendars for May 10, 2013.
Luhrmann’s adaptation of the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel was originally slated for a Christmas 2012 bow, but Warner Bros. decided to push it back to allow more time for post-production work. This took it out of the running for this year’s Academy Awards race, but the new date gives it a juicy summer movie slot. The question now is will audiences turn out for a lush period drama in a month normally dominated by superheroes and explosions? Warner Bros. believes they will.
“Audiences have been looking forward to Baz Luhrmann's film adaptation of one of the most beloved books of all time, and we felt this beautifully extravagant and dramatic film would be a perfect way for us to kick off the summer slate," said Warner Bros. President of Domestic Distribution Dan Fellman. It's good that Fellman is excited, but we're still a little skeptical.
Luhrmann’s take on the material promises to be less radical than his version of the Bard’s Romeo & Juliet, but no less star-studded. Leonardo DiCaprio will headline the film, playing Jay Gatsby. He’ll be joined by Shame’s Carrey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton and Isla Fisher. Watch the original trailer below, and see it in 3D (yes, 3D!) this May.
Release Date and New Poster for Hitchcock
The Great Gatsby isn’t the only film announcing a release date today – fans of Alfred Hitchcock also have some exciting news, too.
Fox Searchlight has announced that they’ll release Sacha Gervasi’s Hitchcock in limited markets on November 23. They’ve also given us a look at the title’s official poster.
Based on Stephen Rebello’s book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, Gervasi’s film chronicles the love affair between the master of suspense and his wife Alma Reville. Naturally, given the source material, the film takes place during the time Hitchcock was filming Psycho – one of his most enduring works. And considering the late-November release date, something tells us Searchlight wants to position it for a run at the Oscars.
Anthony Hopkins headlines as Hitch and is joined by Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson and a pretty amazing ensemble cast.
Interestingly, Hitchcock isn’t the only film about the famous director due out this year. HBO will air a made-for-television film entitled The Girl on October 20. That title will explore the obsessive relationship between the filmmaker and his The Birds leading lady Tippi Hedren.
[via Coming Soon]