Much of Baz Luhrmann’s directorial career has been spent taking classic stories and turning them into glitzy mulch lacking nearly any of the things that made them classics. From the Attention Deficit Disorder editing of Moulin Rouge to the style-over-substance direction of his adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo And Juliet, Luhrmann has always seemed to be more about the look of his films rather than the story he is trying to tell. And Luhrmann’s latest, an adaptation of The Great Gatsby scheduled to open on Friday, has already been receiving some of the most scathing reviews of his career so far.
Speaking with the Hollywood Reporter at the premier of Gatsby, Luhrmann indictated that he already had another classic in mind to push through his meat-grinder of a filmmaking process –
To me, Gatsby is the American Hamlet. What else could we possibly do as a follow-up?
But Luhrmann is far from locked in to this being his next film project though, telling the Reporter, “It’s just a dream at this point.”
A dream at this point for some, a nightmare for the rest of us.