With Zack Snyder’s take on Superman, “The Man of Steel,” set for release on June 13, 2013, Warner Bros. Pictures is already staking its claim for 2013 summer dominance with the announcement of “The Great Gatsby” being pushed back to next summer as well.
Here’s the official Warner Bros.’ statement:
Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures have moved the release date of “The Great Gatsby” to Summer 2013. The announcement was made today by Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President of International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.
In making the announcement, Fellman stated, “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 exciting 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.”
Kwan Vandenberg confirmed, “Baz is known for being innovative, but with this film he has done something completely unexpected—making it in 3D—while capturing the emotion, the intimacy, the power and the spectacle of the time. 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.”
Academy Award® nominee DiCaprio (“J. Edgar,” “Aviator”) plays Jay Gatsby, with Tobey Maguire starring as Nick Carraway; Oscar® nominee Carey Mulligan (“An Education”) and Joel Edgerton as Daisy and Tom Buchanan; Isla Fisher and Jason Clarke as Myrtle and George Wilson; and newcomer Elizabeth Debicki as Jordan Baker. Indian film legend Amitabh Bachchan will play the role of Meyer Wolfsheim.
Unlike the “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” delay, this movie looks so amazing I don’t mind waiting for it. And I’m stoked to see DiCaprio reunite with his “Romeo+Juliet” director Luhrmann on this literary classic.
And it looks like so much an amazing spectacle that it deserves the summer blockbuster treatment so while it’s costing me one holiday treat, this is another can’t miss summer film for next year.