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Gatsby 3D movie put back six months

"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past." The current has proved a little too strong for the latest adaptation of Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. The film was scheduled for a Christmas 2012 release, but will now be six months late.

Baz Luhrmann’s version, shot entirely in 3D, stars Leonardo Di Caprio in the title role, with Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway and Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan. The novel’s locale of Long Island is played by Australia.

The film apparently needs considerable adjustments before it is ready for release. Filming has not always gone smoothly. In December 2011, Luhrmann had to have stitches in a head wound after colliding with a crane on the set.

Warner Brothers distribution president Dan Fellman told Hollywood Reporter. "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."

The classic novel has so far defied a definitive screen version. The 1974 adaptation starred Robert Redford as Gatsby and Mia Farrow as Daisy. The screenplay was written by Francis Ford Coppola, although literary luminaries Truman Capote, Vladimir Nabokov, Thomas Pynchon and Philip Roth had made contributions. Reviews inclined towards the negative. "The movie itself is as lifeless as a body that's been too long at the bottom of a swimming pool," Vincent Canby wrote in the New York Times.

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