Warner Bros. will open Baz Luhrmann’s 3D “The Great Gatsby” on Christmas Day next year, setting up a Leonardo DiCaprio double bill, as the Weinstein Co. has also dated Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” for Christmas.
Warner is also opening “The Hobbit: An Unxpected Journey” — currently being lensed by Peter Jackson in New Zealand — 11 days earlier on Dec. 14, 2012.
“The Great Gatsby,” produced by the studio with Village Roadshow, stars DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Isla Fisher, Joel Edgerton and Elizabeth Debicki. Production began in Australia on Sept. 6.
It’s the first film Luhrmann’s directed for Warner Bros., which hasn’t revealed the budget, reported to be in the $130 million range. Luhrmann’s “Australia” cost $130 million to produce with Fox calculating its investment as $78 million after tax rebates offered by Australia, where the pic lensed.
Paramount opened its version of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic, starring Robert Redford, in March 1974.