Will Luhrmann Drop GREAT GATSBY?

Recently, director Baz Luhrmann has been concentrating his energies on mounting a big screen adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby. He has spent time working with attached stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire, workshopping the script to get it to a point where he feels he can move ahead to actually rolling cameras on the film.

But now it is looking like Luhrmann may be backing off of the project. New York Magazine‘s Vulture blog talked with the director before this weekend’s Directors Guild Awards where he admitted –

I gotta make a decision in three days time… Whether to do it or not. I think I’ve been a bit shaded out because I want everything to be perfectly positioned on it.

If Luhrmann does go ahead with the project, DiCaprio will star as the film’s titular mysterious millionaire, Carey Mulligan as the object of his desire Daisy Buchanan and Maguire as the novel’s narrator, Nick Caraway.

Luhrmann promised that there will be an announcement by the “by the end of the week,” and when that news breaks, we’ll bring it to you.

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