Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptation of The Great Gatsby has had its release date moved from Christmas 2012 to summer 2013.
In a statement, Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution at Warner Bros, explained that the movie’s release has been pushed back to ensure it “reaches the largest audience possible”, reassuring fans that it will be worth the wait:
“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 exciting 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.”
A Christmas release would have pitted the picture against the likes of Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, Les Miserables and the first instalment of The Hobbit trilogy. The Great Gatsby will now face Iron Man 3, the new Superman film, Man of Steel and Monsters University at the Box Office.
Warner Bros’ President of International Distribution, Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, added:
“Baz is known for being innovative, but with this film he has done something completely unexpected – making it in 3D – while capturing the emotion, the intimacy, the power and the spectacle of the time.
“The responses we’ve had to some of the early sneak peeks have been phenomenal, and we think The Great Gatsby will be the perfect summer movie around the world.”
Based on the novel of the same name by F Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby will star Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan.
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