Leonardo DiCaprio Great Gatsby film delayed until 2013

Baz Lurhmann's F Scott Fitzgerald adaptation has been postponed "to ensure the film reaches the largest audience possible"


Baz Lurhmann’s adaptation of literary classic The Great Gatsby has been one of the most hotly anticipated films of 2012, but F Scott Fitzgerald fans are going to have to wait a while longer to see his iconic tale come to life.


The film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire, was due to be released on Christmas Day in the US and on Boxing Day in the UK, but Warner Bros have today announced that the release date has been pushed back until summer 2013.

In a statement Warner Bros revealed that they wanted to ensure “this unique film reaches the largest audience possible.” 

The scheduled Christmas release date had the 3D adaptation pitted against Les Miserables and the first instalment of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit. But releasing the film during the summer takes it out of contention for this year’s Oscars and makes it much less likely to receive recognition in the 2014 awards season, too. Film studios normally line up Oscar contenders for release in December and January. 

International distribution president Veronika Kwan Vandenberg said: “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.”


Luhrmann’s much anticipated interpretation is the fifth version of F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel to be made. The Romeo and Juliet director’s take is expected to be a spectacular portrayal of hedonistic 1920’s America.