We all know that director Baz Luhrmann can do epic like no one else. After all, he’s the director behind “Moulin Rouge!” and “Australia.” So, can he conquer 3-D? After all, audiences may have embraced it when James Cameron released “Avatar,” but it hasn’t taken over in the way many directors and other industry insiders had hoped.
Luhrmann will be releasing his new film “The Great Gatsby” starring Carey Mulligan, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Joel Edgerton in 3-D. He told the New York Times that he feels 3-D can help find a new intimacy in film. He spoke specifically about the climatic scene in which Tom Buchanan (Edgerton) confronts Gatsby (DiCaprio) at the Plaza Hotel.
Luhrmann said that he came up with the idea to remake “Gatsby” while listening to the book on tape while traveling from Asia to Europe on the Trans-Siberian Railway with “some bottles of red Australian wine” and earphones. He didn’t understand why other films based on the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel didn’t quite capture the story.
After attending a lecture by James Cameron, who was in the middle of filming “Avatar” that he decided that 3-D would take the characters and give them a whole new depth. Luhrmann believes Fitzgerald would have approved. “He was a modernist. He was very influenced by the cinema.” Now, Martin Scorsese‘s “Hugo” was a huge success in the 3-D world and critics have been calling it a game changer. Still, that film, like “Avatar,” was full of effects and “Gatsby” is a straight up drama, as lovely as the fashion was during the time period. The big question here is, can an a film without effects and CGI be effective in 3-D? Will people pay extra to see it?
We’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject. Will this film change the game in a whole new way? Would you plunk down extra cash to see pretty people in all three dimensions? Let us know what you think.