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Baz Luhrmann talks ‘The Great Gatsby’

Baz Luhrmann talks ‘The Great Gatsby’
March 11, 2011 TEAM POPBYTES
Baz Luhrmann

Director Baz Luhrmann gave a really, unique, interview to New York magazine recently in regards to his latest creation, well would be creation, The Great Gatsby, a new film adaptation of the time honored F. Scott Fitzgerald novel. The film is set to star Carey Mulligan (j’adore) Leonardo DiCaprio (this will be the first time working together since 1996’s Romeo + Juliet) and Tobey McGuire, but according to Baz filming hasn’t started yet. There’s also rumors going around that it will be filmed in 3D in Australia, even though the novel takes place on Long Island, New York. Asked about the rumor, the director said, “I’m not doing Gatsby right now for this reason. Because despite what might be out there, I have made no comment about anything. So until I say it, it’s not said, you know.” One of just many very noncommittal responses the director made … check out the entire interview for the full effect. I’m kind of weirded out by him at this point, in fact I’m gonna go hide in my closet until it’s safe to come out!

If you’re here a lot and most of your team is in Brooklyn, why are you shooting The Great Gatsby in Australia?
That’s a great question. I’m not doing Gatsby right now for this reason. Because despite what might be out there, I have made no comment about anything. So until I say it, it’s not said, you know.

What does that mean?
What it means is, much like what goes on in any event, when you’re in the middle of the work, there’s all sorts of things you’re doing, and, you know, when I’m really clear — I, right now, my only focus is absorbing — I’ve been studying Fitzgerald now for three years, and my only act now is to absorb the DNA of his world, his life, the world of the novel. That’s why I have published on our website all the books we’re reading. And I think before we all engage anyone, the first thing to do is to do your homework, read the books, and then let’s talk.

Does that mean even the fact that you’re making The Great Gatsby is misreported?
No, I’m making The Great Gatsby.

And the 3-D part?
Like I said, I’m in the middle of my own foolish-to-be-talking-about-anything-in-any-regard stage, before you truly have something to express. I’m in the middle of my own moment and my team’s, and I’m just building culture. Building creative culture.

So all the rumors about casting and where it’s going to be shot are just things people are saying?
That would be a really clever way of getting a confirmation or a denial, and I commend you highly! SOURCE

Baz Luhrmann