Crowe flies, but Baz is unruffled

Helmer's Oz epic remains active

With Russell Crowe ankling Baz Luhrmann‘s latest project — an Australian period epic — the question arose as to just how long auds will have to wait for Luhrmann’s follow-up to 2001’s “Moulin Rouge!”

Luhrmann’s auteur approach means relatively long lapses of time between his labors of love, which are not limited to the bigscreen and include helming the opera “La Boheme” and a high-profile Chanel spot in the interim since “Moulin Rouge!” He’s also taken time off to have two kids.

This style is supported by Fox, with which Luhrmann has had a long relationship, and where the attitude according to one exec is: “Baz doesn’t make a movie until it’s the right one.”

Translated: They’re worth the wait.

Indeed, that’s the state of Luhrmann’s Alexander the Great project, which is expected to ramp up again after more time has elapsed since Oliver Stone‘s 2004 pic.

Luhrmann’s Oz epic remains active, sans Crowe, and could start lensing by the end of August, depending on how quickly casting comes together.

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