Baz Luhrmann Will Film THE GREAT GATSBY in 3D

The Great Gatsby

Baz Luhrmann settled on the adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s THE GREAT GATSBY as his next project and now is looks like he’s also decided to shoot it in 3D.

Yes, you read that right. The Playlist has reported that the director has “brushed off” the novel’s iconic New York setting as a shooting location. Instead he will bring the production to Fox Studios in Sydney, which has also housed such major films as The Matrix trilogy, the Star Wars prequels as well as Luhrmann’s own Moulin Rouge! and Australia.

The project will mark the first ever live-action 3D film to be made in the state of New South Wales, beating out George Miller’s new Mad Max film. Miller’s project was all set to take the title before it was significantly delayed, though both films are being backed by Warner Bros.

Bringing Gatsby to Australia’s Harbour City was a deal that was reportedly secured by the state’s film investment fund as well as some unnamed incentives. All of which had to be a major attraction compared to typical through-the-roof taxes on New York productions.

NSW premier Kristina Kenneally had this to say:

“This comes at a good time for the film industry. Australia was thought to be losing international filmmaking due to the strong Aussie dollar – put simply, this is a big win.”

Gatsby is being adapted for the big screen by Luhrmann and Craig Pearce (Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge!) and will star Tobey Maguire as protagonist/narrator Nick Carraway, Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan and Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby. The story has been adapted several times before, including a Jack Clayton version starring Robert Redford, Mia Farrow and Sam Waterston as the leading trio.

Pre-production will reportedly get started month in preparation for shooting, which is set to begin this August for 17 weeks. After that, there will be another 30 weeks of post-production, bringing the productions well into 2012.

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