Baz Luhrmann Talks in Circles About ‘The Great Gatsby’

A lot of the details have already come to light about Luhrmann’s upcoming film adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic “The Great Gatsby”. Leonardo DiCaprio is set to star, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire are said to be in the cast as well. It has an August shooting date in Australia. It is going to be filmed in 3D.

But when Vulture ran into Luhrmann at a dinner party and tried to get him to comment on the film, he kind of said it wasn’t happening. Luhrmann initially says, “I’m not doing Gatsby right now … despite what might be out there, I have made no comment about anything. So until I say it, it’s not said, you know.” In the beginning there was the word. So I guess none of the pretty concrete stuff people have been reporting about this project is true. Luhrmann has not said that he is making The Great Gatsby.

Oh, but wait… the next thing he says in the interview is, “No, I’m making The Great Gatsby.” To quote Rick James, “I wouldn’t go grinding my feet on somebody’s couch like it’s something to do, I have a little more sense than that, yeah I remember grinding my feet on Eddie’s couch.”

Luhrmann goes on to explain where he is with the project, “Right now, my only focus is absorbing. I’ve been studying Fitzgerald now for three years, and my only act now is to absorb the DNA of his world, his life, the world of the novel. That’s why I have published on our website all the books we’re reading. And I think before we all engage anyone, the first thing to do is to do your homework, read the books, and then let’s talk.” So while the rumors of a Gatsby project aren’t completely false, it appears the director is still in the pre-pre stages of development. How then did so many specific rumors about the project pop up?

When the Vulture reporter asked Luhrmann he said, That would be a really clever way of getting a confirmation or a denial, and I commend you highly!” A confirmation or denial of what? I thought you were just in the early stages of thinking about the project! What exactly is going on with The Great Gatsby might not be clear, but what is clear is that Baz Luhrmann is an amazing interview.

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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