The Great Gatsby is an upcoming romantic film adapted from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel under the same title. This new drama movie stars Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joel Edgerton, Carey Mulligan, Isla Fisher and Jason Clarke. The Great Gatsby is directed by Baz Luhrmann who is known for other movies: Moulin Rouge, Romeo + Juliet and Australia. Not only is Baz Luhrmann recreating a classic on the big screen, the latest buzz tells us that this may be a movie with style too. Check out the latest article on The Great Gatsby below:
“Interview with Baz Luhrmann on His New Film: The Great Gatsby
An epic retelling of the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel about 1920s New York aristocracy, director Baz Luhrmann‘s The Great Gatsby finds the director balancing themes that were as prevalent in the early 1900s, as they are today. In this exclusive interview with Life+Times, Luhrmann speaks on his take of the classic American tale, working with JAY Z on the film’s score, and what he wants people to take away from seeing the film.
Life+Times: The most interesting things about the film is the tension between the novel, (set in the New York aristocracy of the ’20s), your modern cinematic eye, and the music JAY Z has placed in it. How did you balance all these references?
Baz Luhrmann: The inspiration to weave these references together came from F. Scott Fitzgerald himself, because, although we did very accurate research on NYC in the 1920s and all the imagery and expression of the city in the 1920s is accurate in the film (even the rubber zebras in the pool), we knew we had to unlock for the audience a way of letting them feel what it was like to read Fitzgerald’s book in the 1920s – to be in New York City at that time. And one of the things Fitzgerald did very successfully was take all things new and modern, take pop-culture and put those in his novel. Particularly he utilized the then new African-American street music – jazz, which was called a “fad” by many, and placed it in the novel, to help tell story. To do something similar for today’s audience was our challenge. And I am a great fan of jazz. But it is a bit rarified today. So it was a natural fit to translate the African-American music that came from the streets called hip-hop, and weave it into a jazz language. When you are talking hip-hop, collaboration, and storytelling, the first person I think of is JAY Z, and this is where it seemed serendipitous that Leo [DiCaprio] and I found ourselves with Jay on the night he was recording “No Church in the Wild” in New York.
L+T: Being a sacred, widely-read book, did you feel that you had to stay close to the source material, or did you give yourself license in the adaptation?
BL: Our real focus was to reveal the book. There were a number of steps we took to do so. First of all, Craig Pearce and I went through the book and said, ”What scenes are absolutely fundamental to the story? What scenes must be in our film? And what scenes can we do with out, even if we love them?” We know for a fact that if you read the whole book or perform it that it takes seven hours – there has recently been a brilliant stage production of the whole book. But we did not have a seven-hour movie in mind. We had to do it in two.”
The rest of the interview can be read at Life and Times
The Great Gatsby is scheduled to be released in cinemas on May 10th 2013.
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