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"Gatsby" Delay For Music Or Budget?

By Garth Franklin Sunday August 19th 2012 11:00AM
"Gatsby" Delay For Music Or Budget?

When Baz Luhrmann's big-budget film adaptation of "The Great Gatsby" was pushed back six months from this Christmas to mid-2013, speculation quickly arose about the real reasoning. The move has essentially negated the film's awards chances but does give the film a potential wider visibility.

Appearing at a Samsung launch party this week, Luhrmann told Vulture: "I will tell you this, I’m just very nourished by just working on it. I’m just thrilled. Right now I’m working on music, you can imagine how involved I am in the music alone."

However The Herald Sun says the real reason is a bit more serious than that - a budget shortfall and reshoots.

A source claims Warners has declined the director's request for more money to finish the film which is already overdue and slightly over-budget at $130 million.

The delay buys Luhrmann time to chase prospective investors, while the director is reportedly said to have already recalled members of the cast for reshoots to take place shortly.

Luhrmann is an infamous perfectionist to the point that he didn't deliver a final copy of his last movie "Australia" to Fox until the absolute last opportunity.

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