‘Great Gatsby’ delay allows more time for music, effects

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Warner Bros.’ decision to delay the release of “The Great Gatsby” from December to next summer will give director Baz Luhrmann more time to finish its extensive 3D effects and a planned all-star soundtrack, according to two people close to the picture not authorized to speak publicly.

The costly adaptation of the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel was originally set to come out on Dec. 25. In a news release, studio executives said the move was made to give the film a higher-profile summer date.

The knowledgeable people confirmed that since seeing an early cut of “The Great Gatsby,” which is still being edited, about three months ago, Warner executives have been positive about the picture. And with a relatively light slate of Warner movies set for next summer, the studio has plenty of room to release it.

As it stands, Warner Bros. next summer will distribute “The Hangover: Part III” (May 24), “Man of Steel” (June 14), “Pacific Rim” (July 12) and an untitled “300” sequel (Aug. 2). The latter two movies are being produced and co-financed by Legendary Pictures.

However, one of the people close to “Gatsby” added that finishing the movie’s 3D effects in time for Christmas would have been very difficult for the meticulous Luhrmann, who was seeking the extra time.

In addition, the director is aiming to put together a soundtrack full of big-name pop artists that will be integral to “The Great Gatsby,” much as he did on his “Moulin Rouge,” with songs made famous by Elton John, David Bowie, Christina Aguilera and Madonna.

With an extra five to seven months -- Warner has yet to pick its precise summer release date for “The Great Gatsby” -- Luhrmann is expected to reach out to pop artists and craft an attention-grabbing soundtrack for his new movie as well.

The trailer for “The Great Gatsby” featured songs by Jay-Z and Jack White.


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