'Australia' director buys rights to famed novel

Baz Luhrmann may jump from pre-WWII Australia to America’s Jazz Age.

The “Australia” helmer has purchased the rights to “The Great Gatsby,” F. Scott Fitzgerald’s tome of the Roaring Twenties. While a script does not yet exist, Luhrmann intends to focus on it after “Australia’s” awards run. No studio is attached yet.

Fitzgerald’s novel of American excess has spawned a Broadway play and multiple films, including Jack Clayton’s 1974 pic starring Robert Redford and scripted by Francis Ford Coppola.

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