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Baz Luhrmann considering 3D for The Great Gatsby

01.10.2011

Well this day had to come sooner or later, I guess I just thought it would be a little further off. Eventually the 3D format would move beyond CGI kids movies and big budget blockbusters, and someone was going to try and do a straight drama in the format.

And that person just might be Baz Luhrmann, who told THR that "he has workshopped his upcoming project The Great Gatsby in 3D, though he has not made a call about whether to shoot in the format.”

This all stems from a panel between Luhrmann, Michael Mann and Oliver Stone at CES about Blu-ray, where Mann also said he'd like to do a drama in 3D.

But here's the problem, I have a hard time believing that the kind of people who are going to see Baz Luhrmann's GREAT GATSBY in theaters (namely my grandma) are going to way, way less willing to don the glasses and pay an extra $5 for the privilege.

And then there's the awkward marketing campaign, as I can see Carey Mulligan emoting in the rich environment of the period piece, and then at the end..."Baz Lurhmann's THE GREAT GATSBY, in three dimensions..." Much classier than "In 3D!!!"

You know, I wouldn't mind 3D becoming the standard for film, as I believe someday when the tech is good enough it will be, but I think when it becomes the standard, that shouldn't result in a 50% or more ticket price hike automatically which all 3D movies currently demand. I understand it costs more to shoot that way, but not 50% more, that's for damn sure, and the huge cost is a big turnoff only currently rivaled by the visual imperfections of the format.

Extra Tidbit: Once they lose the glasses, that will absolutely change everything.
Source: THR

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5:52PM on 01/11/2011

No really

But seriously "Great Gatsby" in 3D? Why is Luhrmann even considering it? Is he trying to make a film even more unwatchable than say... Moulin Rouge?
But seriously "Great Gatsby" in 3D? Why is Luhrmann even considering it? Is he trying to make a film even more unwatchable than say... Moulin Rouge?
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12:52PM on 01/11/2011

no Kilar your getting ripped off

Where the Hell do you live that you pay $17 for seeing a movie once? Its called dont be a moron and for that price purchase the movie on Blu-Ray and atch it a thousand times if you like. Yeah $20 bucks for a movie ticket is the definition of ripped off.
Where the Hell do you live that you pay $17 for seeing a movie once? Its called dont be a moron and for that price purchase the movie on Blu-Ray and atch it a thousand times if you like. Yeah $20 bucks for a movie ticket is the definition of ripped off.
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11:42PM on 01/10/2011
Shoot it in 3D, don't convert.
And where the hell do you watch your movies to get slugged a 50% surcharge? That's just stupid, and you're stupider for paying.
I pay $17 for a 3D film, regular price is $15, that's only like a 15% surcharge. You sir are being ripped the fuck off.
And why can't a drama be in 3D? You have such limited vision of what can be acheived with 3D. So far it's been mostly animated kids films, but why can't a drama, or grimey, moody thriller be in 3D? You can't see it
Shoot it in 3D, don't convert.
And where the hell do you watch your movies to get slugged a 50% surcharge? That's just stupid, and you're stupider for paying.
I pay $17 for a 3D film, regular price is $15, that's only like a 15% surcharge. You sir are being ripped the fuck off.
And why can't a drama be in 3D? You have such limited vision of what can be acheived with 3D. So far it's been mostly animated kids films, but why can't a drama, or grimey, moody thriller be in 3D? You can't see it cause you have no vision.
Have a nice fucking day!
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11:30PM on 01/10/2011

who's seen Step Up 3d?

just wondering, because quite a few people said that is was very entertaining in 3d. Now i refuse to watch shit like that, and am dead set against the idea of drama/romance movies in 3d, seeing that mos of the time it is a gimmick. But the thing is, if it works, such as the 3d ambiance in avatar (now i know this is going to get a bunch of thumbs down and bad comments) it might work. Now if it is one thing Avatar has going for it is the technological innovation (plot was complete shit). All the
just wondering, because quite a few people said that is was very entertaining in 3d. Now i refuse to watch shit like that, and am dead set against the idea of drama/romance movies in 3d, seeing that mos of the time it is a gimmick. But the thing is, if it works, such as the 3d ambiance in avatar (now i know this is going to get a bunch of thumbs down and bad comments) it might work. Now if it is one thing Avatar has going for it is the technological innovation (plot was complete shit). All the scenes with ashes floating by and water splashing at you were the little things that made the experience of cinema better, so with that in mind, if 3d could be used to give a film some depth of perspective well then, by all means, go for it, but it has to be the good 3d, the Jim Cameron 3d, and there must be some sort of cap on the ticket cost. There, I said it, now...yes...I'll go fuck off and die in a corner.
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11:29PM on 01/10/2011
Gatsby is already a terrible story, 3D would just make this worse.

I still like Luhrmann though.
Gatsby is already a terrible story, 3D would just make this worse.

I still like Luhrmann though.
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11:20PM on 01/10/2011
You know, when I first read this, I said hell no but the more I think about it, this IS Baz Luhrmann we're talking about here. The man who made Moulin Rouge and Romeo and Juliet. If and if I were to guess that anybody could make a decent 3D drama it would be him because his visual style would be pretty good for it. So I'm willing to withhold my judgement.
You know, when I first read this, I said hell no but the more I think about it, this IS Baz Luhrmann we're talking about here. The man who made Moulin Rouge and Romeo and Juliet. If and if I were to guess that anybody could make a decent 3D drama it would be him because his visual style would be pretty good for it. So I'm willing to withhold my judgement.
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11:07PM on 01/10/2011

Really Baz? Really?

Please tell me this is joke. For the love god PLEASE tell me this is a joke. We are not watching movies anymore. Movies don't exist when making dramas into the 3D. I love Baz but this is probably the worst idea imaginable. This means they are going to re-rerelease The Color Purple in freakin 3D. I hate what hollywood has become. You heard here, no more real movies anymore if this is really going to happen.
Please tell me this is joke. For the love god PLEASE tell me this is a joke. We are not watching movies anymore. Movies don't exist when making dramas into the 3D. I love Baz but this is probably the worst idea imaginable. This means they are going to re-rerelease The Color Purple in freakin 3D. I hate what hollywood has become. You heard here, no more real movies anymore if this is really going to happen.
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11:06PM on 01/10/2011

Really Baz? Really?

Please tell me this is joke. For the love god PLEASE tell me this is a joke. We are not watching movies anymore. Movies don't exist when making dramas into the 3D. I love Baz but this is probably the worst idea imaginable. This means they are going to re-rerelease The Color Purple in freakin 3D. I hate what hollywood has become. You heard here, no more real movies anymore if this is really going to happen.
Please tell me this is joke. For the love god PLEASE tell me this is a joke. We are not watching movies anymore. Movies don't exist when making dramas into the 3D. I love Baz but this is probably the worst idea imaginable. This means they are going to re-rerelease The Color Purple in freakin 3D. I hate what hollywood has become. You heard here, no more real movies anymore if this is really going to happen.
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7:50PM on 01/10/2011
For the record, I have no qualms with 3D. So much as long as 3D is used properly and well-implemented (i.e. Avatar), I don't mind the choice for 3D.

That said, I fail to see the point in making something like The Greats Gatsby in 3-D? I certainly don't remember any ludicrous explosions or crap flying around in the book.
For the record, I have no qualms with 3D. So much as long as 3D is used properly and well-implemented (i.e. Avatar), I don't mind the choice for 3D.

That said, I fail to see the point in making something like The Greats Gatsby in 3-D? I certainly don't remember any ludicrous explosions or crap flying around in the book.
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6:55PM on 01/10/2011
Leave it to our society to turn something cool into something like crap.
Leave it to our society to turn something cool into something like crap.
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6:45PM on 01/10/2011
I am sick of 3D. This news takes the hate to a new level.
I am sick of 3D. This news takes the hate to a new level.
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5:58PM on 01/10/2011

Question

Why is Baz Luhrman so famous?
Why is Baz Luhrman so famous?
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5:19PM on 01/10/2011
Someone needs to release a bogus study that 3D causes eye cancer. This shit really needs to die away...
Someone needs to release a bogus study that 3D causes eye cancer. This shit really needs to die away...
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5:10PM on 01/10/2011
what a weird idea. makes sense for baz, the king of gratuity.
what a weird idea. makes sense for baz, the king of gratuity.
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4:45PM on 01/10/2011
In all seriousness.. this article title sounds like a fucking joke. I can't take this idea seriously.
In all seriousness.. this article title sounds like a fucking joke. I can't take this idea seriously.
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4:43PM on 01/10/2011
Worst idea I have heard in years. Plus 3D will never become the standard because there are too many people who hate watching 3D movies. I myself can't watch them because I get nauseated, dizzy, and get really bad headaches. I know I'm not alone on this.
Worst idea I have heard in years. Plus 3D will never become the standard because there are too many people who hate watching 3D movies. I myself can't watch them because I get nauseated, dizzy, and get really bad headaches. I know I'm not alone on this.
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4:39PM on 01/10/2011
AWFUL IDEA.
AWFUL IDEA.
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4:02PM on 01/10/2011
3D doesnt bother me that much and I think it would be much easier to accept if they didnt ask for that extra $3. That being said, of course I prefer regular 2D. But what can we do when more and more screens are adapting themselves for the format that'll make them richer ? I live in a small town, the movie theater is small and cheap and yet, we got 3D.
I hate to say this, but Im guessing its here to stay. In a couple of years, it'll be hard to find a 2D movie.
3D doesnt bother me that much and I think it would be much easier to accept if they didnt ask for that extra $3. That being said, of course I prefer regular 2D. But what can we do when more and more screens are adapting themselves for the format that'll make them richer ? I live in a small town, the movie theater is small and cheap and yet, we got 3D.
I hate to say this, but Im guessing its here to stay. In a couple of years, it'll be hard to find a 2D movie.
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3:54PM on 01/10/2011
Personally, I would mind if 3D became the standard for film. That being said, Luhrmann's hyper kinetic visuals may justify and lend itself to 3D, that doesn't mean 3D needs to permeate every genre and theatrical release. Yes, it can be impressive, Avatar, Tron, and I'll even throw Piranha in there, but at the end of the day, I've never watched a 2D movie and thought, "Man, I wish that had been in 3D."
Personally, I would mind if 3D became the standard for film. That being said, Luhrmann's hyper kinetic visuals may justify and lend itself to 3D, that doesn't mean 3D needs to permeate every genre and theatrical release. Yes, it can be impressive, Avatar, Tron, and I'll even throw Piranha in there, but at the end of the day, I've never watched a 2D movie and thought, "Man, I wish that had been in 3D."
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3:43PM on 01/10/2011

Two questions

The Great Gatsby does not need 3-D. Thus, the "This-is-a-bad-idea" band above.
I have two questions, however. The Great Gatsby is likely to have a limited audience. So, do higher 3-D ticket prices get the studio's investment money back? Who makes money from 3-D? The studio? The theatre? Or, both? Also, does the 3-D attract a younger audience? For example, would more adolescents pay to see Gatsby 3-D? Do they prefer that format? Potentially, the studio anticipates that many high-schoolers will
The Great Gatsby does not need 3-D. Thus, the "This-is-a-bad-idea" band above.
I have two questions, however. The Great Gatsby is likely to have a limited audience. So, do higher 3-D ticket prices get the studio's investment money back? Who makes money from 3-D? The studio? The theatre? Or, both? Also, does the 3-D attract a younger audience? For example, would more adolescents pay to see Gatsby 3-D? Do they prefer that format? Potentially, the studio anticipates that many high-schoolers will see the film as a class assignment. Thus, the studio caters to a likely audience. Or, Gatsby might cast actors popular with tweens and certain teenagers. So, that audience wants their idols in 3-D (w/ added action sequences and a pop soundtrack maybe).
Or, a third question is "Is Luhrmann perhaps joking?"
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3:39PM on 01/10/2011
I don't care what kind of D it come in. I'm skeptical because Luhrmann's helming it. All the fantastic visuals never make his movies tolerable for me. I tried to rewatch Moulin and Australia 3 times each and had to turn them off. The way everyone acts just annoys me. Romeo+Juliet, I could tolerate . . .
I don't care what kind of D it come in. I'm skeptical because Luhrmann's helming it. All the fantastic visuals never make his movies tolerable for me. I tried to rewatch Moulin and Australia 3 times each and had to turn them off. The way everyone acts just annoys me. Romeo+Juliet, I could tolerate . . .
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3:31PM on 01/10/2011

WTF?

I've only read bits and pieces of "The Great Gatsby" and I couldn't even accurately recount the plot, but this is one of the most idiotic ideas I've ever heard. How would something like "The Great Gatsby" benefit from being in 3D? How would that be necessary? I'm not hip to the 3D fad, but movies like "Resident Evil" and "Despicable Me" are good for the format...But "The Great Gatsby?" Who can possibly think this is a good idea?
I've only read bits and pieces of "The Great Gatsby" and I couldn't even accurately recount the plot, but this is one of the most idiotic ideas I've ever heard. How would something like "The Great Gatsby" benefit from being in 3D? How would that be necessary? I'm not hip to the 3D fad, but movies like "Resident Evil" and "Despicable Me" are good for the format...But "The Great Gatsby?" Who can possibly think this is a good idea?
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3:29PM on 01/10/2011

WTF

who the fudge goes see's crap like The Great Gatsby, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, etc.? Why do they even bother making crap like that anymore? Seriously, what more can they bring to the table besides Zombies? god I hate the british......
who the fudge goes see's crap like The Great Gatsby, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, etc.? Why do they even bother making crap like that anymore? Seriously, what more can they bring to the table besides Zombies? god I hate the british......
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4:25PM on 01/10/2011
Even though The Great Gatsby is an American novel by an American author.
Even though The Great Gatsby is an American novel by an American author.
3:15PM on 01/10/2011

Accidental double post...

Still is NO, though...
Still is NO, though...
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3:13PM on 01/10/2011

NO, JUST NO

Adapting The Great Gasby for the big screen is risky enough as it is, it really doesn't need 3D on top of that...

I really don't know which part of the story would actually benefit from it.

"Oooh, seems like the snow is coming right at us"

NO.
Adapting The Great Gasby for the big screen is risky enough as it is, it really doesn't need 3D on top of that...

I really don't know which part of the story would actually benefit from it.

"Oooh, seems like the snow is coming right at us"

NO.
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