Baz Luhrmann Shooting ‘Great Gatsby’ In 3-D?

Nothing screams 3-D like a tragic love story set against the backdrop of Long Island in the swingin’ ’20s. At least that’s the way filmmaker Baz Luhrmann sees it.

According to, last week the “Romeo + Juliet” and “Moulin Rouge!” writer-director told the audience at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that he has “workshopped” his upcoming take on “The Great Gatsby” in 3-D. While he has yet to decide whether the film will actually be presented in three dimensions, Luhrmann believes the format doesn’t just have to be used for “gags” (think the airborne “man parts” in “Piranha 3D”) or for “spectacle and drama” (as in “Avatar”) as it has been thus far; he posits that it can be used for “poetic cinema” as well.

So far, Carey Mulligan is the only actor confirmed for Luhrmann’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel about the American Dream and what happens when it comes crashing down. Mulligan will play Daisy Buchanan, the pivotal love interest of title character Jay Gatsby. Though not officially confirmed, it is widely believed that Leonardo DiCaprio is set to play self-made man Gatsby, whose obsession with Daisy provides the driving force behind the novel’s events.

DiCaprio’s pal Tobey Maguire is presumed to be a lock for the role of Nick Carraway, Daisy’s second cousin and the book/film’s narrator.

It’s not exactly clear how Luhrmann would use 3-D to create “poetic cinema,” but he’s proved time and again that he can put a fresh spin on everything from Shakespeare to cancan dancing — so it certainly would be interesting to see what he does with a third dimension.

Do you think Luhrmann should film “The Great Gastby” in 3-D, or is the format unnecessary for a dramatic film such as this?