'Great Gatsby' to get 3-D treatment
February 21st, 2011
12:10 PM ET

'Great Gatsby' to get 3-D treatment

Director Baz Luhrmann will take the Jazz Age into the modern age now that reports have been confirmed that he'll shoot his version of "The Great Gatsby" in 3-D.

As Marquee reported last month, Luhrmann said he had workshopped the project in 3-D but hadn't yet committed to using the technology. Now, a deal has been struck to shoot "Gatsby" in 3-D in Sydney, Australia, writes the Hollywood Reporter.

The film will star Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby, Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway and Carey Mulligan as shallow Daisy Buchanan. Mulligan is said to have beat out actresses Keira Knightley, Blake Lively and Scarlett Johansson for the coveted role.

Pre-production on Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" is set to begin next month, with shooting slated to start in August.

Do you think the movie should get the 3-D treatment?

soundoff (106 Responses)
  1. Victor

    3D????? Great Gatsby????? Am i the only one who thinks these two things should not go together????

    F. Scott Fitzgerald must be rolling in his grave right about now.

    February 22, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. David

    Sadly 3D maybe here to stay but so far I have yet to find it to add value to any production. The need for glasses on top the prescription pair I already wear maybe part to problem of the effect not being impressive. The 3D movies also seem to be dimmer and less sharp making for more eye strain and fatigue and it is not due the lenses being dirty. After watching a 3D movie I have asked others that don't wear prescription glasses what they felt about the 3D and most of the time they didn't find it impressive and in many case weren't sure when it was really done.

    Overall 3D is not at the level of adding to the experience or value of the a film and certainly not worth having to pay extra over the 2D version.

    February 22, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Gabor47

    3D is here to stay. Despite the glasses. The display in general (movie screen, television, computer screen) can't improve in any other way. They are as color and as sharp as the human eyes can perceive it, screens are almost as large as they can reasonably fit on walls, building, rooms, etc. At this point the only way toward improvement is to reflect even more reality is 3D (the way we see in real life). People typically complain about the glasses, but "half" of the population ends up having to use glasses at one point or another in life, just to see well, so what is the big deal?

    At this point the problem is that it is easier to create 3D movies with silly animations. People used to enjoy movies in black and white, in fact there was a similar resistance against color movies when they appeared (less artsy).Then it became a total standard. That's exactly what will happen with 3D.

    February 22, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  4. Chesh

    Gonna be interesting – always touchy when you play with books – I loved Romeo and Juliet – hated Disney's tom sawyer fiasco – thought that Brad Pit and Tom cruise had no business as Louise and Lestat until I saw the film – so for me it could go in multiple directions – I've only seen one movie in 3/D since Jaws – so I can't speak to what it may add or detract. This is an American Treasure to many folks – and as the previous posts have indicated – there is a lot of passion that surrounds the book and proposed film.

    Ballsy move, but will it pay off???

    February 22, 2011 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mary Jarvis

    Someday all movies will be 3-D. I'm looking forward to seeing what Baz will do with it.

    February 22, 2011 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  6. Kristi

    Leave the classics alone! Leo as Gatsby? I'll never watch this!

    February 22, 2011 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  7. kmd-57

    The very idea of 3D Gatsby is absurd. Not withstanding the choice of Carey Mulligan as Daisy. Oh, Leo, please be the voice of reason in this potential fiasco!

    February 22, 2011 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  8. citizenUSA

    When the story about Gatsby in 3-D broke a few months ago, it was reported as only a possibility. I didn't think it was a good idea then and I still don't.

    February 22, 2011 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
  9. DeCee

    Ugh. Why?!

    February 22, 2011 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
  10. Charlie Sheen

    WWJFD ?

    *what would James Franco do?

    February 22, 2011 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
  11. Will Campbell

    Dont't know what to think. Luhrmann's "Australia" was as tedious and belabored and flat as his "Moulin Rouge" was exuberant and captivating and fresh. Gatsby" will either be a feast for the senses or Baz' last meal.

    February 22, 2011 at 6:36 am | Report abuse |
  12. Carolina

    I definitly recommend NOT to employ Mr DiCaprio for this remake!

    February 22, 2011 at 5:29 am | Report abuse |

    I just farted. Shooooo : )

    February 22, 2011 at 4:38 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jack

    The book is sweet. 3d isn't cool. let's all get off the 3d kick!!! Remember 3d doritos??!!

    February 22, 2011 at 3:57 am | Report abuse |
  15. N. Tauscher

    Absolutely not! Keep a classic a "classic". Besides, the only films that do 3-D justice are major action-packed films.

    February 22, 2011 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  16. D

    But I can definately see Blake Lively being the shallow Daisy..even though Mulligan got the part.

    February 22, 2011 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
  17. Tony

    Lurhmann knows what he is doing. I trust him.

    February 22, 2011 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
  18. D

    OMG none of those guys you mentioned david reynolds are even close to what Gatsby's character should even look like, let alone act-have you ever read the Great Gatsby?

    February 22, 2011 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
  19. D

    I really enjoyed the book and I think Leo is a great for playing Gatsby-I will see the movie I'm interested on how it will turn out with Baz as the director, but I don't really care for 3D.

    February 22, 2011 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
  20. Fred

    Baz Lurhmann is a rock head, the Michael Bay of drama. Everything the guy does is completely overwrought. DiCaprio needs to get lost, for his and our sake. He's overexposed and has worn out his welcome. And for the love of god, why 3D? Is this version of Gatsby going to have martinis flying at us? I can smell the awfulness of this film already.

    February 22, 2011 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
  21. Name*david reynolds

    Please anyone but Leonardo decrapio. How about Russell crow or Hugh jackman or even the rock.

    February 22, 2011 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
    • SilentBoy741

      The Rock! Oh, man, you just made me spit my soda! I'm still laughing! As an actor, Dwayne Johnson makes an excellent wrestler.

      February 22, 2011 at 2:39 am | Report abuse |
  22. paul r

    just because no one has done a drama in 3D yet doesn't mean it can't be done interestingly... in the hands of an inventive director, this material in 3D can be something revolutionary (or of course idiotic)... it is possible to use the capabilities of 3D not for explosions but for bringing the viewer into a dramatic scene in a previously-unimagined closeness... lets hope for the best here

    February 22, 2011 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
  23. Chris

    The pic of Leo above makes me think he would be a great fit for Gatsby. Also, I think that 3d could be used very effectively in a movie like this. I can imagine the feeling of lonliness of Gatsby looking out across the water to the light on Daisy's dock (forgive if I am misremembering the particulars of the book) being enhanced by 3d, since we can also feel the distance.

    Honestly, I think that a subtle use of 3d in a mainstream non-action movie could move it out of "gimmick" status into a legitimate artistic tool, much like "Forrect Gump" helped move CG special effects back in thre day.

    February 22, 2011 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  24. jtzttzy


    February 22, 2011 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  25. Bury

    First: why are there so many people above calling this a "remake"? It's a film based on the great novel "The Great Gatsby." That there happen to have been other films based on this novel doesn't make this a "remake" of any of those, and the notion that you disliked one of those doesn't necessarily have anything to do with how you'll find this film.

    Second: I'm willing to give Luhrmann the benefit of the doubt on this, particularly with the inspired casting choices he's made so far, but my knee-jerk reaction is that, no, this is ludicrous, The Great Gatsby cannot possibly be improved by 3D. But... we'll see. I also don't think black-and-white is appropriate given the source. If you've read the book, you know color is extremely important in the story. Perhaps depth can be as well? Who knows.

    February 22, 2011 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  26. ladyvirtue

    I was compelled to read the Great Gatsby last year after seeing an old copy on a shelf and I cannot wait to see this film! I can absolutely see Leo as Gatsby...good decision there. BAD DECISION...doing this film in 3D. I simply can't see it especially since this is an old story in an older era. No no no to the Gatsby in 3D.

    February 21, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Jason

    Stop commenting.

    February 21, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Xavier

    Another Hollywood 3-Dsaster!!! It's about the story stupid, enough with the 3-D!!!

    February 21, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Jason the Saj

    Dear Media,

    Realize that it's a different era, ....

    Half the younger readers out there have no clue about the Great Gatsby....your article would be much improved by a two sentence synopsis.

    February 21, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angie

      Great Gatsby is still required high school reading. I imagine any kids searching out articals on CNN has read it by now.

      February 22, 2011 at 6:06 am | Report abuse |
  30. KC

    I think that the movie should be in black and white. As to supporting our President or not. We all need to have our priorities in order and vote because of issues and not based on a movie being in 3 D or not.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  31. lakita

    I read the book..loved it. However, i dont see Great Gatsby as a 3D type of movie not enough action.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Mike

    But it's freaky Baz Luhrmann (Romeo and Juliet, Moulin Rouge) working in 3-D...could be a hoot.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Andy

    I think the plot and characters of The Great Gatsby are three-dimensional enough...

    February 21, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  34. UFOclub1977

    All of you lamenting 3D as a gimmick even though it's how you view your entire life (if you have two eyes) sound like the people who complained about the inception of color movies back in the day. "Save it for gimmicks!"

    Maybe that's even how the unobservant complained about "talkies".

    I would love to see a serious drama about a relationship told in 3D, because it could make the performances, the settings, the situation... the drama... more psychologically involving and engrossing. More powerful.

    February 21, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Dave

    Uh, more importantly, who plays Tom Buchanan?

    February 21, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Robert Paulson

    Is it April first already? my how time flies...

    February 21, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Tom

    It's the 21st century and we are a decade deep into it. Soon every movie will be shot and shown in 3D. Just like the transition to color from black and white, it is inevitable. By shooting it in 3D now it makes the movie more watchable for people 10 or 20 years from now.

    February 21, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • SilentBoy741

      Yes, just as each and every one of those 3-D films shot in the 1950s are now treasured as cinematic classics. Jeez.

      February 22, 2011 at 2:33 am | Report abuse |
  38. Clyde

    Why not. That way the characters will have some depth.

    February 21, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Robet

    No. I don't see the point in making this story in 3d. But I guess I would have to ask the director

    February 21, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Kate

    I agree with sean. this is my favorite book of all time, and shooting it in 3-D is not only a waste of time, but clincally insane. NOTHING

    February 21, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Joe

    The Great Gatsby was a boring book and I love the classics. I don't see why in this day in age where people don't want to think about what they are watching would they make this into a movie let alone a 3D movie. I bet this movie loses money.

    February 21, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  42. mari

    They tried to modernize black and whites a decade or more ago, remember,by making them in color and it was Woody Allen,who went to congress and asked them,"the powers that be" to stop them and they did.Sounds like it needs to be done again.

    February 21, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  43. mari

    Why are they always trying to "fix" something that is not broken. Whats' next a remake and 3D version of "Gone With The Wind"? PLEEAASEE!

    February 21, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Serge

    S.J. is stolen biological material, taken against will and formed to clones line 200 pieces total. Sign of dangerous criminal activity. Original Scarlett Galabekian future pediatrician doctor, pediatrician nurse license she obtained in 2008

    February 21, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  45. sarah

    Please, please, please do not do 3-d! It's not the kind of story for a 3-d movie. Put the money it would cost do film the 3d to better use in the movie. I won't see it the theaters if they don't offer 2d.

    February 21, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Larry in Ft Lauderdale

    3-D movies are always released in 3-D and 2-D so who cares. Go see the version you like or wait to see it at home. Americans have become such whiners and complainers about everything!

    February 21, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Elizabeth in Cincinnati

    What a rip-off of Entourage. Ha! Watch season 6 "Gatsby".

    February 21, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Rrd

    Are you kidding me? Not every frigging movie needs to be in 3-D. This is getting ridiculous.

    February 21, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Jam

    3d blows chunks

    February 21, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  50. MrsFizzy

    Isn't this really starting to get silly now??!

    February 21, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  51. porttack24@gmail.com

    This movie should not be made. Not in 3D, not with these actors.

    I weep at the thought of the King of Melodrama, Tobey Maguire trampling the role of Nick Carraway. Waterston and Redford were superb in their performances of Fitzgerald's characters in the 70's version, and it is impossible to imagine this ensemble doing the novel justice. Making it in 3D will only serve to show us another dimension of Suck. Hollywood, if you ever had a soul, you wouldn't do this.

    February 21, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  52. ted

    gatsby in 3d cannot hide the fact that fitzgerald stole all his ideas from his wife, drove her crazy then left her to die in an asylum.

    February 21, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • SilentBoy741

      Well, my ex did all the same things to me, so the universe balanced out with a net gain of zero.

      February 22, 2011 at 2:26 am | Report abuse |
  53. Annie

    How could this movie possibly benefit from 3-D? A remake is scary enough, but a remake in 3-D says 1 thing....sure fire winner for a Razzy.

    February 21, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  54. WTHH

    So NOT a fan of 3D, and this is definitely is not 3D material. Save it for the kid movies and Si-fi

    February 21, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  55. MS

    Coming Soon. To Kill a Mockingbird In 3D!

    February 21, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mojo886

      How about " Of Mice And Men" in 3D? With Brad Pitt and Gov. Ah-nold. He says he wants back in movies.

      February 22, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |

    Ok...let Miley Cyrus play Daisy Buchanan, let Jason Statham play Gatsby and let Owen Wilson play Nick Carraway.

    February 21, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  57. kim

    More crap going straight to dvd the green hornet, little red ridinghood the great gasby these stories where just slightly entertaining and to make full lenght movies out of them is a insult to intelligence. They really do have it all wrong in hollywood. No one is interested in these stories as movies!

    February 21, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Scott

    Wow this Carey Mulligan is not attractive whatsoever. Not only that, but Luhrman's films are just hipster daydreams that ruin original ideas. Not a fan of best friends DiCaprio and Maguire teaming up for a vanity project.
    This smells like crap already.

    February 21, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrsFizzy

      I think she was better looking when she was younger, but in a little girl kind of way ...not sure she can really make the leap to leading lady based on her appearance alone.

      February 21, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spudley

      Carey Mulligan has a gorgeous dimpled smile and a beautiful speaking voice. She is a BAFTA award winner and an Academy Award nominated actress and she has already workshopped the role with DiCaprio and Luhrmann. Carey Mulligan is the least of this production`s problems.

      February 25, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  59. chris

    Gatsby was the most incredibly boringmovie I've ever seen the first time around. they must be pathetically hard up for material to make it a second time. Leo, did you have a bad fall and hit your head?! Enough of these remakes! Have all the writers died. And the Gatsby in 3D-this is a joke right?!

    February 21, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  60. TeeJayinDC

    I think I'm more concerned that Lurhmann is directing a version of Great Gatsby. And the fact that he wants to do it in 3-D just confirms my fears. I think if I want to revisit The Great Gatsby, I will just re-read the book.

    February 21, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  61. chris

    GATSBY was the most dreadfully boring movie I've ever seen the first time around. I can't believe they're making it again! And in 3D-THAT'S incrediblystupid-just like Leo's choice to be in it!

    February 21, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Matt

    First off 3-d it should not be, second The Great Gatsby should not be remade this movie was good enough in it original format.

    February 21, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  63. evegas

    What would be the purpose of making it in 3D. Its a movie taken in place in the 20's there is no crazy explosions or amazing landscapes in this movie. Plus carey mulligan really? She's cute kind of but daisy is supposed to be amazingly beautiful. Plus I doubt very much that she could pull off being as shallow as daisy. Why mess with a great classic I love robert redford

    February 21, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Phil

    Leo to play Lindsay Lohan? Should be good, 3D or not...

    February 21, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  65. suprflcn

    I think it will be interesting to see. I'd pay 12 bucks to see this movie.

    February 21, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Litmajor

    No, no, no.

    February 21, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  67. DDD

    When they remake Deepthroat in 3D, I'll be there!

    February 21, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Tyler

    Please don't make this great American classic into a 3-D movie

    February 21, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Dean

    I'm more concerned that it's being shot in Australia.

    February 21, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • WTHH

      Really, what the heck?

      February 21, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • H

      Totally agree. I've lived in Sydney as well as on the Long Island Sound – make the movie where it belongs! 3D is irrelevant.

      February 21, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Newt

    I view the 3-D movies as a gimmick and an excuse to jack up the ticket price. It simulates 3-D. I still find it annoying because there are too many times that I am aware of the mismatch of it not being 3-D. I try to only see movies in 2-D. I find it much more enjoyable when I am not forced to wear 25 cent glasses for a couple of hours. As for the Great Gatsby – 3-D will contribute nothing. They are just trying desperately to ride the coat tail of this fad. However, I won't see it in 2-D either. This ranks as the worst book I was ever forced to read in school. English teachers overkill this book with the symbolism that is laced throughout the story. But symbolism intermixed with boring, is still boring.

    February 21, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ewing K

      I feel sorry for your English teacher. Trying to educate dolts must have been frustrating. In the meantime, enjoy your career bussing tables at the IHOP.

      February 21, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Logan

    Honestly, when it comes down to it, who cares? Film it in 3-D, and people who want to waste their money on seeing it in 3-D can, and everyone else can either see it as a normal movie, or just wait until it comes to home video. Or just pirate download it, which is what I think Gatsby would have wanted anyway.

    February 21, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Sean Voysey Olson

    I am an Obama supporter, but I will not vote if he allows that director to ruin my favorite book in this country. It is a crime against humanity.

    February 21, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrsFizzy

      LOL A movie idea so bad the President had to stop it...! Now there's a movie.

      February 21, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      That seems like an awfully closed minded comment. Maybe you shuld see this version before making your judgement.

      February 21, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spudley

      Don`t worry. He intends to ruin your favorite book in Australia.

      February 25, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  73. DC

    Leonardo DiCaprio RARELY picks bad films to star in. Honestly hes only had two bad films since 2002 (Body of Lies and Revolutionary Road) but even in those films, he was great. At the very least this will be a watchable bad movie but I have faith in Leo's judgement and will give it the benefit of the doubt.

    February 21, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Penny

    Enough with the 3-D! It's so overdone that it hardly has impact anymore. Save it for kids movies.

    February 21, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Alex

    This whole 3-D trend is just insane. It destroys my enjoyment of films, and serves no purpose to telling a story. Maybe they need to do something like this to finally make people see sense that 3-D is NOT the way for Hollywood to go. It's bad enough that it's ruined films like Avatar (yes, ruined – I saw the 2D version and actually enjoyed the story a lot more than I did suffering through the 3D), so maybe a film like Great Gatsby needs to show that 3-D has no place in films that actually have a story to tell. Certainly I can't see its target demo sitting through a 2 1/2-hr film like this with the glasses.

    February 21, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pacoatemiami

      Avatar ruined by 3D? Exaggerate much? I liked the 3D version of Avatar a lot. I don't see why 3D can't be used in a way to enhance the story or viewing experience in a drama.

      February 22, 2011 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      I don't necessarily enjoy 3D, but I have to play devil's advocate here and say that this same argument was going on when films were transitioning from black and white to color. People just don't like seeing their beloved films changed in any way. Is it unorthodox to film something such as The Great Gatsby in 3D? Yes. Will it ruin the picture? Not necessarily. Luhrmann did a "decent" job with Romeo and Juliet, and that was pretty "unusual" at the time. Give it a shot. Don't get your panties in a bunch quite yet.

      February 22, 2011 at 2:28 am | Report abuse |
    • jean paul

      you mean the romeo and juliet movie with guns ecstasy? that was painful to watch. god i hope hes does a better job with gatsby

      February 22, 2011 at 3:39 am | Report abuse |
  76. Akash

    "The Great Gatsby" is not a 3-D movie. 3-D should be reserved only for fantasy/sci-fi/thriller/animation

    February 21, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sleepingscreenwriter

      But we are talking about Luhrmann. Luhrmann most certainly can do Gatsby in 3D.

      February 21, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angie

      3D doesn't have to be the typical gimmick that you usually see...with things purposely popping out at you...its only because big action blockbusters are typically the ones to employ it and be able to afford it. The use of 3D in film is simply for depth perception...another way to make you feel as if your in the movie,just like the big screens, its just another tool for you to experience movies.It doesn't have to be over the top.

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