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Wednesday January 12, 2011 12:59 am

Baz Luhrmann to Shoot Great Gatsby in 3-D?

Oliver Stone and Baz Luhrmann at CES 2011

Baz Luhrmann is thinking about shooting The Great Gatsby in 3-D.

The Australian director - who is known for theatrical films such as Moulin Rouge - said he has "workshopped" the idea to bring F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel to life in multiple dimensions.

He revealed the possible plan while speaking in Las Vegas about technology in film at the Consumer Electronics Show alongside fellow directors Michael Mann and Oliver Stone. Baz's version of the The Great Gatsby is set to star Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan. At the show he admitted he wasn't surprised that there some scepticism about the widespread adoption of 3-D, as it was first used with "gags" before moving on to "spectacle and drama" in Avatar - but said he thinks it can be used in "poetic cinema" - films similar to his adaptation of Romeo and Juliet.

During a panel discussion all three directors talked about Alfred Hitchcock's Dial M For Murder which had been filmed in 3-D, with Oliver joking that it would "help to have Grace Kelly" for today's dramas. They were also on the panel to talk about Blu-ray and Baz spoke of how a filmmaker should be careful with the power of technology: "The power of Blu-ray is so great, you have to be a bit conscious about misusing it. Are you trying to re-create from your memory? There are a whole lot of new questions that powerful technology brings."



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