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'The Great Gatsby' Shooting in Sydney

Baz Luhrmann will direct Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan in his adaptation of the classic novel later this year.
Baz Luhrmann to shoot The Great Gatsby in Sydney
Baz Luhrmann to shoot The Great Gatsby in Sydney
Earlier in the month, Baz Luhrmann wasn't sure if he was going to continue pre-production on his proposed adaptation of The Great Gatsby, which is set to star Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Carey Mulligan. Soon after he declared his indecisiveness in regards to moving ahead on the project, Warner Bros. announced they were picking up the distribution rights on the film.

Today, it has been announced that Baz Luhrmann will indeed move forward on what he calls a "very personal project". And it will be shot in his hometown of Sydney, Australia.

The Great Gatsby will begin shooting later this year, with the director utilizing 3D for the first time in his career. Baz Luhrmann has been work shopping the script for months now. In March, he will continue with pre-production, and then in August he will shoot for seventeen weeks. This will be followed by 30 weeks of post-production work.

Australian Premier Kristina Keneally announced the decision to shoot in Sydney a "big win" for the country, stating the following.

"This comes at a good time for the film industry. Australia was thought to be losing international filmmaking due to the strong Aussie dollar. The Great Gatsby will be a boon for the NSW film industry, particularly given Baz Luhrmann 's commitment to maximizing use of local cast, crew and visual effects expertise."


While Warner Bros. is backing the movie, production will happen at Fox Studios in Sydney.

The Great Gatsby was released May 10th, 2013 and stars Lisa Adam, Frank Aldridge, Amitabh Bachchan, Steve Bisley, Richard Carter, Jason Clarke, Adelaide Clemens, Vince Colosimo. The film is directed by Baz Luhrmann.



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Comments (15)

  1. DoubleR0522

    Awesome !!!

    3 years agoby @doubler0522Flag

  2. skywise

    this was seriously interesting until i read 3-D. I dont understand...have i died an gone to hell?

    3 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  3. Stiles

    he needs to make a great film after the turkey that was Australia. I think he has a masterpiece inside him somwhere.

    3 years agoby @stilesFlag

  4. PM

    great news and its even better because i live near Sydney....yeah

    3 years agoby @pmFlag

  5. Tug

    Kinetic I couldn't agree with you more. Anyone who's familiar with The Great Gatsby knows the Long Island, New York setting is as important to the story as any of it's main characters. Using Australia and CGI in place of the actual location has got to be one of the dumbest moves ever for a production such as this and judging from his choices, I'm starting to get the feeling Baz Luhrmann has no grasp on what Gatsby is. Not to mention, he has a tendency to be all style and no substance; I'm surprised Warner Brothers is banking on this guy to deliver considering what a boring disaster his last movie "Australia" turned out to be. Perhaps this project would have been better off kept on the shelf until the right director for the job came along.

    3 years agoby @tug417Flag

  6. ZanyZap

    @bane5000: *...If any movie deserves to be in 3D... it's a Baz Luhrmann film: they are always beautiful and stunning.

    So, I guess that I agree with you. :P

    3 years agoby @zanyzapFlag

  7. Bane5000

    @zanyzap...If any movie deserves to be in 3D...is The Great Gatsby lol

    3 years agoby @bane5000Flag

  8. The King of Thorns

    Agreed with @zanyzap.

    3 years agoby @rexspinasFlag

  9. ZanyZap

    Great news... Baz Luhrmann back on board officially! Gatsby does not seem like the kind of film that requires 3D, but I trust Luhrmann; I've liked all of his movies.

    3 years agoby @zanyzapFlag

  10. thedude-abides

    I actually think this is an underrated move. Looking forward to this one.

    3 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  11. jonquest

    Didn't grow up in NY, but it is hard to disagree with Kinetic.

    3 years agoby @jonquestFlag

  12. Kinetic

    This should be filmed on Long Island, NY where the book takes place.
    I grew up there, it will be such a visual turn off watching and knowing that it's not the real settings. Much of the book the setting is a main character....

    3 years agoby @KineticFlag

  13. Cripple

    Awesome, really glad this is moving forward.

    3 years agoby @crippleFlag

  14. Corey W.

    Sweet!

    3 years agoby @coreyFlag

  15. Dan

    This is great news. Looking forward to this :)

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

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