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Baz Luhrmann Moves from Australia to The Great Gatsby

Published December 18, 2008 in Movie News
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders, Hollywood Reporter
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Baz Luhrmann seems to go against the entire idea of escapism that Hollywood is supposed to represent. While many moviegoers have been visiting the cinemas to get away from their problems, Luhrmann is hoping to remind them of the condition of our economy with The Great Gatsby.

Luhrmann to Direct The Great Gatsby


While blasting critics for their opinions of both him and Australia, Baz Luhrmann announced that he will direct an adaptation (or remake) of The Great Gatsby, which he said will be a perfect parable for economic disaster.

"A lot of reviewers like Australia. And we're making people cry; I know because they write to us," he said. "But there are those that don't get it. A lot of the film scientists don't get it. And it's not just that that they don't get it, but they hate it and they hate me, and they think I'm the black hole of cinema. They say, 'He shouldn't have made it, and he should die.'"

Asked why he thought the reactions were so passionate, he replied: "I know what it's about." The movie's detractors were used to movies that were neatly defined, he said. "This is not (simply) a romantic comedy for 40-year-old women or action movies for 17-year-old boys, and that's not OK with some people. It's not OK for people to come eat at the same table of cinema. But you look at movies like 'Gone With the Wind' and Old Hollywood classics, and they don't fit in any box.



"Corny Hollywood movies from the '40s freak out (the film scientists)," he added.

Luhrmann continues his rant with:

"If you wanted to show a mirror to people that says, 'You've been drunk on money,' they're not going to want to see it. But if you reflected that mirror on another time they'd be willing to."

He added, "People will need an explanation of where we are and where we've been, and The Great Gatsby can provide that explanation."

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