Warner Bros. has found a new release date for Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of “The Great Gatsby.”
After pushing the film from this Christmas holiday, Warner Bros. will now open its 1920s-era epic on May 10, 2013, the start of the summer moviegoing season. (International rollout will begin the following week.)
The studio initially pushed back the release so Luhrmann could have more time to finish the special effects on the 3-D film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan. Also, the extra months will give Luhrmann time to put together a planned all-star soundtrack, a la his work on 2001’s “Moulin Rouge,” which featured high-profile tracks from artists like Christina Aguilera, Pink, Madonna and David Bowie.
(Luhrmann’s interest in pairing contemporary recording artists with his period work is clear in the trailer, which features Jay-Z and Jack White.)
The date change should help fill in Warner Bros.’ summer schedule, which also includes “The Hangover: Part III” (May 24), “Man of Steel” (June 14), “Pacific Rim” (July 12) and an untitled “300" sequel (Aug. 2).
Less clear are Warner Bros.’ Oscar prospects for the Roaring ‘20s story that also stars Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton and Isla Fisher. Common practice has most films geared toward year-end awards bowing in the fall season.
Yet Luhrmann’s “Moulin Rouge” opened in June 2001 and was nominated for eight Oscars and won two.