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