The Great Gatsby pushed back to summer 2013

Warner keen for "largest audience possible"

The Great Gatsby has been pushed back from its Christmas release date by around half a year, with Warner announcing that the film will now be released on an unspecified date in summer 2013.

Baz Luhrmann's 3D adaptation of the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald had initially been scheduled to arrive on Christmas Day, but will now face a significant delay, which Warner hopes will ensure, "this unique film reaches the largest audience possible."

"The responses we've had to some of the early sneak peeks have been phenomenal," said international distribution president Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, "and we think The Great Gatsby will be the perfect summer movie around the world."

However, sources close to the production have suggested that the delay has actually been imposed to allow Luhrmann more time to put the finishing touches to the project. The LA Timesclaims to have learned that the move will give the director, "more time to finish its extensive 3D effects and a planned all-star soundtrack."

Given that the story takes place against the backdrop of a stiflingly hot summer, it does feel as though Gatsby's new release date might be a better fit, although Warner will be aware that such a slot will scupper the film's hopes of recognition from the Academy. We'll bring you the new release date as soon as it's confirmed.

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    • ilikescifi

      Aug 7th 2012, 12:43

      Like when Warner pushed back the release of The Green Lantern to make it better

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    • bencobra

      Aug 7th 2012, 13:28

      It would be great if it just never came out. I am a huge fan of the novel and the cast are a million miles away from the characters. Lazy casting in favour of dollar signs has definitely been adopted for this one. I have never enjoyed BL's movies. The trailer looks awful.

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    • bencobra

      Aug 7th 2012, 13:30

      Hopefully this never comes out. The cast are nowhere near good enough to pull it off. Lazy casting in favour of dollar sign has definitely been adopted on this one. Never cared for BL's films. The trailer looks pretty awful.

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    • bencobra

      Aug 7th 2012, 13:30

      Apologies for posting twice

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    • ChrisWootton

      Aug 7th 2012, 13:36

      I like Strictly Ballroom.. hilarious movie... haven't enjoyed his others though. Doubt this will be one I'll be checking out.

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    • NachoMovieMan

      Aug 7th 2012, 16:31

      Yeah because we all know a Baz Luhrmann adaptation of a F.Scott Fitzgerald novel just screams Summer Blockbuster. And Warner hopes will ensure, "this unique film reaches the largest audience possible" of course its not like people will be off seeing the first post-Avengers movie Iron Man 3, the long awaited follow up to JJ Abrams hugely successful reboot Star Trek XII (or 2 if you prefer), the final part of the massively popular (though I dont like them) Hangover Part III, and the Christopher Nolan Produced, David S Goyer & Nolan written Zack Snyder Superman reboot Man of Steel....

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    • Ali1748

      Aug 7th 2012, 17:52

      This type of movie does not belong in a summer schedule.

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    • StevePotter

      Aug 7th 2012, 18:00

      Well, now I have time to read the book. Also, December was getting PRETTY crowded, so it'll be nice to have one less movie to see before the year ends.

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    • Hadouken76

      Aug 7th 2012, 18:11

      Why 3D?

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    • Ali1748

      Aug 8th 2012, 17:47

      Why because Baz Lurhmann needs to shove his OTT glossy style straight into our eyeballs.

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