The Great Gatsby pushed back to summer 2013

Posted on August 6, 2012
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If you’re itching to see Leonardo DiCaprio wear the most beautiful shirts Daisy Buchanan has ever seen, be prepared to wait a little longer.

Warner Bros. is pushing back the release of The Great Gatsby from Christmas 2012 to summer 2013 despite positive responses following early screenings. The film had been seen as a potential Academy Award contender, and had initially just narrowly made the 2012 release deadline.

The film, with DiCaprio in the starring role as Jay Gatsby, is a re-make of the 1974 film starring Robert Redford, an adaptation of the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel. The first teaser trailer featured music from Jay-Z and Kanye West, indicating a more modern style despite its 1920s setting, and the company has faith in its blockbuster potential.

Warner Bros. international distribution president Veronika Kwan Vandenberg said in a statement about the move:

“The responses we’ve had to some of the early sneak peeks have been phenomenal, and we think The Great Gatsby will be the perfect summer movie around the world.”

Warner Bros. President of Domestic Distribution Dan Fellman said:

“Based on what we’ve seen, Baz Luhrmann’s incredible work is all we anticipated and so much more. It truly brings Fitzgerald’s American classic to life in a completely immersive, visually stunning and exciting way. We think moviegoers of all ages are going to embrace it, and it makes sense to ensure this unique film reaches the largest audience possible.”

Tobey MaGuire and Carey Mulligan co-star alongside DiCaprio in the 3-D film, which was written, directed and produced by Luhrmann. The first trailer (below), was released in May.