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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Baz Luhrmann to Adapt Entire Western Canon

Posted by Alison Hallett on Wed, May 8, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Per The Hollywood Reporter:

Baz Luhrmann and Leo DiCaprio already have teamed on two literary classics: Romeo + Juliet and now The Great Gatsby. So which text will the Aussie helmer likely tackle next with his go-to leading man?
"Hamlet," Luhrmann told THR at the New York premiere of Gatsby on May 1. "To me, Gatsby is the American Hamlet. What else could we possibly do as a follow-up?"

I say BRING IT. Crappy film adaptations of Shakespeare are a genre unto themselves at this point—and Romeo + Juliet totally worked on me when I was 14, so who am I to begrudge the current crop of nascent drama kids their own sexed-up Shakespearean tragedy?

My review of The Great Gatsby will be up later today—spoiler, it's not very good! Though Leo is a great really good Gatsby.

And in related news that people might actually care about: Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing is opening at Cinema 21 on Friday, June 21.

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