Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Classic American novel Great Gatsby to be shot in Sydney
The Telegraph, 20 February, 2011
The Warner Bros-backed film will be produced at Sydney's Fox Studios and will be the first live-action 3D movie shot in Australia.
Filming is to begin in August and last 17 weeks before 30 weeks of post-production.
It will mean Luhrmann will need to recreate New York and Long Island landmarks such as the Brooklyn Bridge from the 1920s in Sydney.
The Great Gatsby is a tale of doomed love and has been filmed six times, the most famous being the 1974 Francis Ford Coppola-version which starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow.
Kristina Keneally, New South Wales state premier, said the deal would inject £78 million into the economy.
"Australia was thought to be losing international filmmaking due to the strong Aussie dollar," Mrs Keneally said in the statement. "This is a big win."
With the location confirmed after signing a contract with the NSW government it is expected pre-production will begin as early as March.