Did Baz Luhrmann’s reimagining of The Great Gatsby run out of money?

The recent announcement that Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby for the big screen would be moved from Christmas 2012 to summer of 2013 made many question the quality of the film. Had Warner Brothers seen the film and decided it wasn’t a serious awards contender? Luhrmann’s stuff is always on the edge of kitsch. This seemed like the logical contender, despite some flowery worded statements by WB. News publications reported all sorts of things. The LA Times spoke with ‘two people close to the project not authorized to speak publicly’ who reported the time delay would allow Luhrmann to ‘more time to finish its extensive 3D effects and a planned all-star soundtrack.’ But really, does it all come down to just not having enough money?

An unnamed source reported to The Herald Sun that Luhrmann’s studio recently asked for more money to finish the project which is already over-budget. Warner Brother respectfully declined. It’s now rumored that Luhrmann will be, or already is, seeking private investors to deal with the cash shortfall. Although for the time being, no one seems to be answering the phones at Luhrmann’s studios.

Despite my personal ambivalence towards the director, the May-released trailer and a very talented cast made The Great Gatsby one of the most anticipated films of the year for me. I’m disappointed about its delay, no matter the reason, and nervous that without enough money, the film may have to sacrifice quality to be seen at all.

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