After the unexpected success of The Town, Ben Affleck found himself in the unique position of being an extremely hot director. Since then, he’s been circling or offered several different directorial projects including American Bullshit, Replay and Tales From The Gangster Squad but had yet to settle on his follow-up. That’s now changed. As was rumored back in February, Affleck’s next directorial effort will be Argo, a spy film based on the true story of how the CIA rescued American citizens from Tehran, Iran by pretending to make a sci-fi movie. He’ll both direct and reportedly star in the film, produced by George Clooney and Grant Heslov from a script by Chris Terrio. Because he’s committing to this, Affleck won’t be able to star in Baz Luhrman’s The Great Gatsby. Read more after the break. Read More »
Despite some vague comments about when, exactly, he’ll make the film, Baz Luhrmann continues to pull together the cast for his new version of The Great Gatsby. And I have to hand it to him: he’s got a hell of a lineup. So far the key roster includes Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby, the young wealthy resident of Long Island’s West Egg community, and Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway, who spends a summer renting a bungalow near Jay’s home, leading to a friendship between the two that forms part of the basis for the story.
Carey Mulligan is on board, Ben Affleck may soon be, and now Isla Fisher is in talks for a significant role, too. She should be perfect for it; more details after the break. Read More »
Baz Luhrmann‘s adaptation of The Great Gatsby is slowly working towards a start date. He’s got Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan set to play the three central characters in F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s classic American novel. Now Ben Affleck is in talks to play a part, the primary sticking point being the schedule for his next directorial project, Argo. Read More »
For over two years we’ve been following the progress of Baz Luhrmann and his possible adaptation of classic American novel The Great Gatsby. It was mentioned in late 2008, then last year he workshopped the script in New York and actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire were attached; Carey Mulligan was announced by the director as his favorite pick for the role of Daisy Buchanan not long after.
Amid all that Mr. Luhrmann was slightly noncommittal about whether he’d actually make the film. Last month it was officially announced as a 3D Warner Bros. production to be shot in Australia, but now the director is talking about it in a way that is oddly circumspect. Read More »
It’s finally official. Baz Luhrmann will be making his adaptation of the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel The Great Gatsby in 3D and Warner Brothers will distribute. The news was announced Saturday in Sydney, Australia where Luhrmann will shoot the film beginning in August. Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan will most likely star, each making their first 3D film. Read more after the jump. Read More »
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Last week, Baz Luhrman speculated that he might not make his long gestating adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan. He said that a decision would be made by the end of the week. Well, Luhrman has never been one to rush things so it’s no surprise that things got bumped back a week. But if you’re interested in the film, the news is good. Warner Brothers is close to acquiring worldwide distribution rights for the film. Read More »
For months we’ve heard that Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrman has been workshopping an adaptation the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic The Great Gatsby with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire. Then there was a hotly contested casting search for the role of Daisy, with the role eventually going to Carey Mulligan. Finally, Luhrman mentioned he might shoot the film in 3D.
Now Luhrman, who has only directed four films since 1992, isn’t even sure he’s going to make the film. A final decision will be made by the end of the week. Read his quotes after the break. Read More »
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In the coming years, someone is going to write a really interesting book about this new evolution of 3D complete with the highs, the lows and the creamy middles. And while the 2010 chapter certainly had some lows – Clash of the Titans, The Last Airbender – 2011 looks like it could easily turn the page. We already know we’ll see our first Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese 3D films this year and now two more well-respected filmmakers could be throwing their hat in the three-dimensional ring.
At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week, director Baz Luhrmann revealed that while a final decision has yet to be made, he has workshopped shooting his upcoming Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel The Great Gatsby in 3D. And Michael Mann revealed that he’d like to shoot a “pure dialogue drama” in 3D as well. Read more about each, as well as Oliver Stone’s thoughts on the format, below. Read More »
Briefly: Small update here — we talked not long ago about the fact that Carey Mulligan had become the favorite to take the Daisy Buchanan role in Baz Luhrmann‘s version of The Great Gatsby. Now the director has announced that she is definitely his Daisy. The catch: he’s still not sure Gatsby will be his next film.
The director confirmed his decision to Deadline, and provided an image of the actress in full-on Daisy Buchanan mode that was snapped during a November 2 reading of the script. But he also offered this enigmatic quote: “There are a few elements that I feel need to be resolved before I would categorically state that this is my next film.” Those things could be related to financing, or to casting. While Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire are presumed to have the roles of Jay Gatsby and Nick Carraway, there are also a number of others to cast. With that core trio in place, however, you’d think the rest would quickly fall into line.
Hit the jump for a full version of the photo Mr. Luhrmann took of Carey Mulligan as Daisy. Read More »