Because conversion is getting better and better, I’m going to ask the guys at Fox… maybe can we convert Moulin Rouge! to 3-D… Because I think in a strange way I was trying to make a 3-D movie.
Luhrmann is also currently in China doing press for The Great Gatsby and according to a report at THR he again mentioned his desire for a 3D conversion of Moulin Rouge and also suggested that it was very likely that Fox would back him in doing it.
When I first heard the announcement about The Great Gatsby being shot in 3D it immediately struck me as a perfect fit for Luhrmann. I watched Australia shortly after the announcement with Luhrmann shooting 3D in mind and there were so many times when the compositions seemed perfect for a shot featuring stereoscopic depth.
It’s therefore not surprising that Luhrmann is looking to delve into his back catalogue to pluck out a film to be converted. I won’t hold my breath for a 3D conversion of Australia – that film wasn’t exactly financially successful – but I look forward to seeing how the conversion of Moulin Rouge turns out, if it does indeed happen.
THR’s report on the Chinese press conference for The Great Gatsby also includes a number of quotes from Luhrmann regarding his desire to make a film partly set in China.
I am seriously considering a Chinese movie, and I’m in meetings while I’m here…
…I take a very long time to decide what films to make, but I’m seriously thinking about a movie set in both China and the West. China is an overwhelmingly exciting place, and I want to participate in what’s happening.
China is currently the second biggest market for films in the world. Two things that are reportedly very important for having a hit there are a big name Hollywood star – Luhrmann knows a lot of them – and that the film needs to be in 3D – which Luhrmann’s next no doubt will be. Although he’s only having meetings about this project I’d be very surprised if this wasn’t his next film.