Baz Luhrmann considers shooting The Great Gatsby in 3D

12 January, 2011 by Brendan Swift

Australian director Baz Luhrmann says he is considering shooting The Great Gatsby in 3D.

The comments were reportedly made after a panel discussion, which also featured filmmakers Oliver Stone and Michael Mann, on the benefits of Blu-ray DVD at the recent CES conference in Los Angeles.


The big budget Great Gatsby, an adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel set in the 1920s, is not yet green-lit by Columbia Pictures but is understood to be close.

The production is likely to be filmed in Australia to take advantage of the 40 per cent Producer Offset although Luhrmann's original preference was to shoot in New York, according to a source.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan are attached to star in the film.

Luhrmann told Forbes after the CES panel that he had "workshopped" Gatsby in 3D and would decide on the format soon. He also said he wasn't surprised that skepticism remained about the widespread adoption of 3D, noting that people thought audiences would not want to see actors speaking before sound was introduced with The Jazz Singer in 1927.

Luhrmann, Stone and Mann also noted that there was a precedent to film a drama in 3D – Alfred Hitchcock's Dial M For Murder used the format way back in 1954.

In Australia, a number of films have already adopted 3D. The $30 million cave thriller Sanctum is released on February 3 while shark film Bait is currently in post-production. Both of George Miller's current productions, Happy Feet 2 and the next instalment in the Mad Max series, Fury Road, are both being released in 3D.

The CES panel discussion on Blu-ray can be seen below (although it does not include the discussion on 3D).