In a shocking of move, Warner Bros has decided to push back The Great Gatsby, the highly anticipated stunning visual from Baz Luhrmann. The film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire was considered to be an award season contender, and a highly anticipated one at that.
Warner Bros. has decided to move the popular Oscar release date of December 25, to the Summer of 2013 which makes it out of the running for the award ceremony, with a small chance if at all of getting into the following year’s ceremony. In a conference with president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman, Warner Bros announced that it would be moving the 3D film.
At the press conference Dan Fellman stated the following:
Based on what we’ve seen, Baz Luhrmann’s incredible work is all we anticipated and so much more. It truly brings Fitzgerald’s American classic to life in a completely immersive, visually stunning and exiting way. We think moviegoers of all ages are going to embrace it, and it makes sense to ensure this unique film reaches the largest audience possible.
Only a few days ago Warner Bros. made the announcement that it was pushing back its other big Oscar contender The Gangster Squad starring Ryan Gosling and Sean Penn, due to its reshooting schedule following the Aurora massacre. While Warner Bros. gave a specific reason and an understandable one at that, for pushing Gangster Squad back, it isn’t said why The Great Gatsby is being pushed back from the coveted Oscar spot.
Some insiders have suggested the move may be due to the fact that its star, Leonardo DiCaprio has another film out on Christmas Day, Django Unchained, which is being helmed by director Quentin Tarantino. However, this doesn’t mean that Warner Bros is out of the race just yet. The studio still has huge possibility with the Ben Affleck directed film Argo, and Cloud Atlas, as well as the new release from Peter Jackson, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.