“The Great Gatsby,” thank you for giving us the greatest Christmas gift of all: not having to choose between you and “Django Unchained” on December 25.
Warner Bros. has announced that it’s bumped back the release of “The Great Gatsby” back to summer 2013, meaning that Quentin Tarantino’s latest will go into theaters unopposed on its opening day. Of course, it will still have to compete with the bevvy of films already out in December like “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” “Les Miserables,” “Jack Reacher” and “This Is 40,” but at least we can stop losing sleep over whether we’ll see “Django” or “Gatsby” first.
Dan Fellman, the President of Domestic Distribution at Warner Bros, announced the date change today, saying, “Based on what we’ve seen, Baz Luhrmann’s incredible work is all we anticipated and so much more. It truly brings Fitzgerald’s American classic to life in a completely immersive, visually stunning and exciting way. We think moviegoers of all ages are going to embrace it, and it makes sense to ensure this unique film reaches the largest audience possible.”
President of International Distribution Veronika Kwan Vandenberg confirmed, “Baz is known for being innovative, but with this film he has done something completely unexpected—making it in 3D—while capturing the emotion, the intimacy, the power and the spectacle of the time. The responses we’ve had to some of the early sneak peeks have been phenomenal, and we think ‘The Great Gatsby’ will be the perfect summer movie around the world.”
It’s interesting that Warner Bros. decided to switch “Gatsby” from Oscar contendor to summer blockbuster fairly late in the game, but we can see how it would work well at both times of the year. “The Great Gatsby” is not only an American classic but also one of our country’s greatest love stories, so it easily should be able to charm audiences over the summer. It only helps that the film is directed by Baz Luhrmann, stars Leonardo DiCaprio and is both of their first ventures into 3D. We will admit that it sucks we have to wait an extra six or so months to see the film, but we have a feeling it will end up doing better in that new release date slot. And who’s to say it can’t still be an Oscar contendor!
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