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The Great Gatsby in 3-D? Cast your vote.

Gatsby3d Just what every fan of American literature has been waiting for: "The Great Gatsby" -- in 3-D.

Whether you're ready or not, it may be in the works. Director Baz Luhrmann is slated to direct a new film version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic 1925 novel, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire. And he just might make it in 3-D.

Luhrmann dropped the 3-D news after an onstage conversation at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where he was discussing something else entirely -- Blu-ray discs -- with fellow directors Oliver Stone, Michael Mann and L.A. Times reporter Geoff Boucher.

Backstage, Boucher writes, Luhrmann "spoke with crackling enthusiasm about his investigation into 3-D for an upcoming adaption of 'The Great Gatsby.' " The Hollywood Reporter writes that Luhrmann has "workshopped" Gatsby as a 3-D project. 

The novel "The Great Gatsby," for all its popularity, has never fully flowered on screen. The 1974 film version had an impressive cast -- Robert Redford as Gatsby, Mia Farrow as Daisy Buchanan, Sam Waterston as Nick Carraway. But only Karen Black, as Myrtle Wilson, received any acting awards (a Golden Globe for supporting actress). The film was good around the edges, winning Oscars for costume and music, but it suffered from what Roger Ebert called "unfeeling physical excess," not to mention glacial pacing.

I've usually found Luhrmann's brand of excess kind of thrilling, and he certainly makes films with vigor. Who knows -- maybe he could make a 3-D version of "The Great Gatbsy" work. What do you think? 

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Image: Original "The Great Gatsby" cover, with 3-D glasses from a December news conference in Germany. Credit: Wolfgang von Brauchitsch / Bloomberg

 
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I don't think we need a brightly colored, 4 hour musical epic version of Gatsby

For God's sake, why? "The Great Gatsby" is a small, intimate story with much of the resonance happening inside the hearts and souls of Jay Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan, Nick Carraway, et al; with the exception of Gatsby's elaborate and ornate party at his West Egg home early in the first act of Fitzgerald's novel, there is nothing -- absolutely nothing -- that lends itself in the text to lavish cinematic effects such as 3-D. Any number of classic literary works lend themselves to the technique easily (Kipling's "The Jungle Book" immediately springs to mind) but "Gatsby", no way.

All that Luhrmann will achieve should he go down that avenue is lend further credence to the widely-held belief that Fitzgerald's literary works simply are not fodder for cinematic translation. Tell the damn story as FSF wrote it without all the excess eye-candy -- there's a perverse irony here in that during his two tenures in Hollywood, Scott was horribly frustrated at being unable to "get" the craft of screenwriting, yet over the decades one screenwriter after another (including no less than master playwright Harold Pinter) have failed to properly translate Fitzgerald's works to the silver screen (although the terrific novelist Marissa Silver's mother, Joan Micklin Silver, came close with the PBS adaptation of the Fitzgerald short story "Bernice Bobs Her Hair" in the 1970s for the PBS "American Short Story" series).

I say go for it! Make it 3-D, and have Nick hold the camera the whole time except when Jordan kind of takes over for a bit.

Can't wait!
Leo is one of my favorite leading men : )

No, No, No, No

I agree with Rodger. Gatsby is not the material to use for a 3D movie. Just because 3D is available does not mean it should be used.

Gatsby has proven difficult to put to screen, and I believe Baz can do it, but not if he chooses the 3D format.

Every time I here it I cringe.

Concentrate on the story and the filming, not on making it 3D. 3D is a gimmick and this is the kind of movie that will fare better without the gimmick...tell the story in the way you film and direct the movie...leave 3D for movies that will need the gimmick.


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