GATSBY Moves to Next Summer

Speculation is rife about why Warner Bros. suddenly decided to move Baz Luhrmann’s 3-D film of The Great Gatsby from Christmas Day (qualifying it for the Oscars) to some time next summer.

Is it because there is so much competition towards the end of 2012 — The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneyLes MisérablesJack Reacher, This is 40, Zero Dark Thirty and Django Unchained?

Or, is it just a more “appropriate” time, since the movie is set in the summer, as actor Joel Edgerton, who plays Tom Buchanan, tells Entertainment Weekly?

Or, does the L.A. Times have the scoop, reporting that “two people close to the picture not authorized to speak publicly” say Luhrmann needs the time to finish the 3-D effects and the soundtrack (like the director’s Moulin Rouge, it will be filled with songs by major contemporary artists)?

The good news — they’ve managed to fix that typo in the sign above Times Square.

Official Movie Site:

The tie-ins are scheduled for October.

Trade pbk, S&S/Scribner, 9781451689433, Oct.23

Mass Market Pbk, S&S/Pocket, 9781476711546, Oct.23

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