Baz Luhrmann Wants To Convert ‘Moulin Rouge’ To 3D

The Great Gatsby director Baz Luhrmann revealed that he wants to convert his manic 2001 musical Moulin Rouge to 3D.

Although it’s doubtful that your brain could handle the film’s over-the-top theatrics in the third dimension, this isn’t stopping the filmmaker from seriously considering the idea. During his talk with Entertainment Tonight Luhrmann said he intends to approach the studio about the project.

“Because conversion is getting better and better, I’m going to ask the guys at [20th Century] Fox… maybe can we convert ‘Moulin Rouge’ to 3D. Because I think in a strange way I was trying to make a 3D movie,” the director explained.

Moulin Rouge was a modest success for Bah Luhrmann and the studio. The star-studded musical generated a tidy $57 million during its theatrical run in the US. However, the film would later earn approximately $121 million from foreign markets. This brought its worldwide total to $179 million.

The film was also a pretty big hit on home video. Since it still has a very loyal following, there’s always the chance that 20th Century Fox could put something together for an upcoming Blu-ray release. The studio hasn’t commented on the possibility of a re-release as of this writing.

This isn’t the only project Baz Luhrmann has in mind at the moment. During his chat with The Hollywood Reporter, the filmmaker said he would like to shoot his next movie in China. He’s currently in the country doing some promotion for his adaptation of The Great Gatsby.

“I take a very long time to decide what films to make, but I’m seriously thinking about a movie set in both China and the West. China is an overwhelmingly exciting place, and I want to participate in what’s happening,” he explained to the publication.

The Great Gatsby arrived on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital download on August 27.

Are you a fan of Baz Luhrmann’s work? What do you think about the filmmaker pushing 20th Century Fox for a 3D version of Moulin Rouge?

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