Warner Bros.' decision to delay the release of "The Great Gatsby" from December to next summer will give director Baz Luhrmann more time to finish its extensive 3D effects and a planned all-star soundtrack, according to two people close to the picture not authorized to speak publicly.
The costly adaptation of the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel was originally set to come out on Dec. 25. In a news release, studio executives said the move was made to give the film a higher-profile summer date.
The knowledgeable people confirmed that since seeing an early cut of "The Great Gatsby," which is still being edited, about three months ago, Warner executives have been positive about the picture. And with a relatively light slate of Warner movies set for next summer, the studio has plenty of room to release it.
As it stands, Warner Bros. next summer will distribute "The Hangover: Part III" (May 24), "Man of Steel" (June 14), "Pacific Rim" (July 12) and an untitled "300" sequel (Aug. 2). The latter two movies are being produced and co-financed by Legendary Pictures.