'The Great Gatsby' Pushes Release Dateby: Posted:
For all of those, myself included, who were counting down the days until Baz Lurhmann releases his 3D version of “The Great Gatsby,” it’s time to settle down in your seat and let that breath out.
Rather than keep to its original Christmas-time release, the movie is now being pushed back approximately six months.
The President of International Distribution for Warner Bros. has announced the studio’s reasoning for the later release date in a statement, saying:
“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.”
They also want to make sure that the film reaches the widest audience possible., and apparently that means keeping it under wraps for another half-year.
Well, that sucks.
It has been suggested that the studio might also be slightly concerned about competition from the other big releases lined up for this winter, including “Les Miserables,” which also looks crazy awesome.
Or maybe the general response wasn’t quite as “phenomenal” as we’re being led to believe, and Lurhmann wants to do a little tweaking before the big release? The movie is based on a deeply loved novel, and we’re sure Lurhmann’s treating it with kid gloves while working in those random musical numbers and snazzy effects he loves so much.
Either way, it’s disappointing news.
On the plus side, it allows the studio a whole ‘nother season to build up an audience for the flick. While the movie is dealing with not only an amazing classic story, but a sporting a big name cast like Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire and director Baz Lurhmann, they don’t seem to be teasing us with it quite as much as we would like. Bring on the trailers! Bring on the leaks! Give us some build up!
Honestly, sometimes that sweet, sweet anticipation just makes the ending even more spectacular.