There’s only so much you can do as a Great Gatsby fan as you count down the days until the Buz Luhrmann’s movie adaptation finally reaches theaters.
You can read the book for the zillionth time, cos-play, listen to some old music to get you into the mood. Now you can play a video game version of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic novel in 8-bit no less!
Developed by Charlie Hoey, you play as the book’s narrator Nick Carraway as he flings his hat at butlers and flappers. There are four levels, each with their own unique mission such as finding Gatsby at the party or defeating the laser shooting eyes of Dr. Eckleberg. Of course, the game also features the book’s most memorable character and quotes.
You can play the game HERE.
What do you think of this book-to-game adaptation?!
SEE MORE SCREENSHOTS OF THE GAME AFTER THE JUMP:
You can’t judge a movie by the trailer — especially one by Baz Luhrmann — but from what I’ve seen of his forthcoming film The Great Gatsby I’m pretty excited. The second trailer was released today (we saw the first one back in May) and it captures the glitz and glamour of the 1920s.
Leonardo DiCaprio steals the spotlight as Jay Gatsby telling Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire): “I will tell you God’s truth. God’s truth about myself. I am the son of some very wealthy people, sadly they’re all dead now.” He goes on about his extravagant lifestyle and riches. As we’re given a glimpse into the very Moulin Rouge!-esque parties that Jay hosts, Carraway says eerily: ”He had an extraordinary sense of hope. But I had the uneasy feeling that he was guarding secrets.”
The film looks visually stunning and the soundtrack, while not period specific, includes Kanye West and Florence + the Machine. It’s set to hit theatres on May 10. Are you going to see it?
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This is my OMG moment of the day —nay week — because I’ve honestly been waiting for any shred of visuals to give me an idea of what Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby will look like. And it looks dayam good.
The trailer opens with a sweet track that’s so not 1922 but I’ll live with it because it makes Leonardo DiCaprio seem even more badass. The shots of NYC are totally Baz and are infused with the beautiful cinematography we saw in Moulin Rouge! and the mildly disappointing Australia.
The tempo seems a little faster than it is in the book but this isn’t just The Great Gatsby, this is Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby (there’s a difference).
The movie stars Carey Mulligan as the fashionable Daisy Buchanan, Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway and DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby. If your grade 10 English class isn’t rushing back to you, Carraway heads to Long Island where he’s fascinated by his mysterious yet glitzy neighbour Gatsby [start Twilight theme].
I don’t want to get too excited or else I’m bound to be disappointed, but from what I see I’m predicting a sweet though historically inaccurate wardrobe and soundtrack. We’ll have to wait until Dec. 25, 2012 to see if it’s what we expect.
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The film is already featuring huge names like Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan, and is also set to be shot in 3D (because nothing says 3D like early 20th century American literature).
Oh yah, and now Ben Affleck is getting in on the fun also.
Apparently Affleck, who now directs (Gone Baby Gone, The Town), is busy helming his 3rd directorial project, Argo. However if he can coordinate his schedule, the actor would play Tom Buchanan, the materialistic husband of Carey Mulligan’s Daisy.
Luhrmann must not have too much in store for the character of Buchanan, as Affleck’s acting has been parodied for being extremely one-dimensional and bland. (His directing ability is another story entirely.)
In the words of Bobb’e J. Thompson in Role Models, “You white? You Ben Affleck.”
Oscar-nominated director Baz Luhrmann has enlisted two big-name stars for another of his grand romances, this time set in the Australian outback.
The historical epic will star Oscar winners Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman, who worked with Luhrmann on 2001′s hit musical Moulin Rouge.
Luhrmann’s publicist Maria Farmer confirmed on Thursday that the movie will begin production in August. The filmmaker told Australian newspapers that he would direct and co-write the movie, which he compared to “Gone With The Wind” and “Lawrence of Arabia,” with Australian screenwriter Stuart Beattie.
He said the film would be set in the mid-1930s leading up to the Second World War.
“We have some of the most extraordinary landscape on the planet and we want to get two of the most extraordinary actors in the world and put them … in that landscape,” Luhrmann told The Australian newspaper.
Native Aussies Crowe and Kidman had planned to star in another Australian film based on the novel “Eucalyptus,” by author Murray Bail, but the project fell through last year.