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Director Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel 'The Great Gatsby' was all set to make your holiday season a little more literary. However, it seems that the stiff competition at the December 25th release slot has prompted the studio to push the release of 'The Great Gatsby' to next summer. The big budget 3D 'Gatsby' stars Leonardo DiCaprio as the titular, enigmatic millionaire and Carey Mulligan ('Drive') as Daisy, the woman for whom he has always pined. Tobey Maguire and Joel Edgerton also star. Dan Fellman, president of WB's domestic distribution, had this to say on the move...
"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 exiting way. 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,"
On the one hand, I understand the decision to move 'The Great Gatsby' away from December 25th. The highly anticipated releases of Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained' and the first installment of Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit' would have given Luhrmann's movie quite a run for its box office money. On the other hand, it's strange that Warner Brothers would move a film like 'Gatsby' out of awards contention for this year, especially given how much confidence they appear to have in it. Not to mention the fact that moving it to next summer forces 'The Great Gatsby' to compete with 'Man of Steel,' 'Iron Man 3,' a a host of other major blockbusters lining up to consume summer ticket sales. Personally, 'The Great Gatsby' is not exactly at the top of my most anticipated list no matter which season it ends up in. I love the book, but that first trailer did very little to incite my enthusiasm. It looks too fluffy and, well, Luhrmann-y. But that's just me, what do you guys think?
Are you more likely to see 'The Great Gatsby' if it's not up against 'Django Unchained' and 'The Hobbit?'