Skip to comments.Baz Luhrmann to Shoot The Great Gatsby in Sydney
Posted on 02/20/2011 8:11:55 PM PST by Germanicus Cretorian
Australian filmmaker Baz Luhrmann will start shooting his 3D adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby in Sydney later this year, reports The New Zealand Herald.
The film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan, starts pre-production in March with 17 weeks of filming starting in August, followed by 30 weeks of post-production.
The newspaper adds that an "estimated 275 crew will be employed during pre-production, more than 400 cast and crew will be employed during principal photography, and an estimated 150 post production and visual effects crew will also be employed."
Warner Bros. Pictures is backing the Bazmark Films production and filming will primarily take place at Fox Studios, though shooting will also happen in other parts of New South Wales.
First published in 1925, The Great Gatsby is set in Long Island's North Shore and New York City during the summer of 1922. It is the story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when "gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession."
Good. I thought that was a rotten book - it should be shot whenever and wherever possible!
“The Great Gatsby” just screams “3-D!”
The Great Gatsby was first made into a movie in 1926, and it was a hit, but no copies are known to have survived.
Books are very personal. Do you mind sharing why you loathe Great Gatsby?
There are some incredibly posh estates on the shores of Sydney Harbor. Having grown up with family living on Little Neck , Great Neck etc Long Island... I really really liked the areas of Sydney that looked like Long Island.
Wouldn’t be surprised if they used the Point Piper ‘hood... that place is just surreal. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Fairwater.JPG
Remake Number ___?
Awesome book, like most of Fitzgerald’s work.
DiCaprio fittingly to star in filming of the most overrated trash of 20th c “literature.”
It’s been 30+ years since I read it, but what I remember is it being about purpose-less people who drifted aimlessly, causing trouble in their wake, always self-centered. Couldn’t stand them.
Thanks for your response. I teach high school English. It hadn’t been taught to me as I teach it, so it’s no wonder most folks don’t understand Fitzgerald’s point. He was a moralist, even though he certainly didn’t live as one. But his Catholic sensibilities (instilled in his youth) are clearly evident in Gatsby. He uses St. Augustine’s City of God/City of Man as his backdrop. Gatsby is the high priest in the City of Man: fallen man who romps about an earthly carnival, headed for doom. You are right that there are no upstanding characters, with the exception of Nick the narrator, who gets wounded in this journey back east. Fitzgerald has assembled a host of symbols that he joins in an intricate puzzle, such as colors, shrubbery, book titles, the wild west, the American Dream and so much more to tell his cautionary tale, and in the end joins it to the first settlers of the New World who seek the new but are trapped in man’s state of fallen nature ever since the loss of the Garden of Eden. The book’s value cannot be understood until it is seen through this lense.
Thank you. After I dropped out of college, I tried to read some of the “classics”, to continue my education. I found most of them depressing, some disturbing. Your explanation makes some sense out of at least this one.
Is disturbing ‘bad’ in that case?