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Baz Luhrmann Leaving 'The Great Gatsby'?

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Feb 02, 2011 | 7:38am EST

The Great GatsbyTurns out, there is a God. Baz Luhrmann -- the brilliant mind who thinks it's a good idea to shoot The Great Gatsby in 3D -- may, in fact, be leaving The Great Gatsby. Yes! Let's pause for a moment as literary nerds everywhere, including myself, take off their glasses, unbutton their cardigans and do the happy dance.

Anyway, the announcement about his status on the film -- which awesomely stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby, Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway, and Carey Mulligan as Daisy -- comes from Luhrmann's official rep, who told Sydney Confidential that "Baz is currently in Los Angeles ensuring all the creative and fiscal elements are in place to give Gatsby everything it requires. Whether this is possible or not, he will know by the end of the week or early next week." And if he does deem it impossible, the rep continued to say that "the frontrunners for his next creative venture are his New York-based musical film or the live version of Strictly Ballroom."

Considering that The Great Gatsby is one of the greatest literary works of all-time -- and Luhrmann is the man who brought us Australia, a film that did its best to ruin both Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman's careers (along with anyone-who-saw-it-on-a-date's evening) -- dropping out to revisit a previous success like Strictly Ballroom doesn't seem like such a bad idea.

Source: Daily Telegraph

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