Baz Luhrmann - Siberia Train Trip Inspired Baz Luhrmann To Make The Great Gatsby

Moviemaker Baz Luhrmann rediscovered literary treasure The Great Gatsby on a train trip through Siberia.

The Australian director was on a "debriefing adventure" after wrapping 2001's Moulin Rouge! when he decided to listen to the audio book of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic tale of love, power, money and destruction.

He tells Wenn, "I decided to take the Trans-Siberian Express from Beijing, across Northern Russia, and then on to Paris to meet my wife and newly-born daughter. And it was in Siberia in a sardine-box of a cabin that I listened to the audio book of The Great Gatsby.

"I poured some wine, looked out and saw Siberia racing by, and started listening. It was four o'clock in the morning before I fell asleep. The next day I could not wait for night to come to get back in my little box, pour the second bottle of wine and listen to the last part.

"At the end of it I realised three things: one, that I hadn't really known The Great Gatsby at all, two, that it was structurally really concise, and three that there's a great film in it. It's an incredibly cinematic book and I thought, 'I'd like to make this movie one day.'"

Luhrmann's adaptation of The Great Gatsby is released next month (May13).


Contactmusic

Tags: Baz Luhrmann - The Great Gatsby


Advertisement

Editors Recommendations

Ok, So It's Official: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Is Best Marvel Movie, Ever

Guardians of the Galaxy is still three weeks ago from hitting cinemas...

Ok, So It's Official: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Is Best Marvel Movie, Ever

Toronto Film Festival Unveils Line-Up

David Cronenberg's new film Maps to the Stars which stunned critics at Cannes and features...

Toronto Film Festival Unveils Line-Up

Lucy - Luc Besson Featurette

The cast and crew of 'Lucy' - actors Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman and Amr Waked, and producer...

Lucy Trailer

Comic-Con 2014 For TV Nerds: Five Unmissable Panels

It’s that time again! Time for Comic-Con to make life a little bit weirder – and better..

Comic-Con 2014 For TV Nerds: Five Unmissable Panels

Everything We Know So Far About ‘Downton Abbey’ Season 5

Everyone’s favourite period drama of manners, ‘Downton Abbey’ is heading back...

Everything We Know So Far About ‘Downton Abbey’ Season 5
Advertisement

Sam Smith Beaten By Lana Del Rey To Billboard No.1

Besides a promising musician, Sam Smith’s debut record has also shown him to...

Sam Smith Beaten By Lana Del Rey To Billboard No.1

What's Happening With 'Iron Man 4'? Robert Downey Jr. Too Pricey? Colin Farrell To Step In?

If you can be sure of one thing, it’s that Marvel will keep putting out...

What's Happening With 'Iron Man 4'? Robert Downey Jr. Too Pricey? Colin Farrell To Step In?

Latitude Gratitude: Damon Albarn is Thankful of "Brave" Festival

Damon Albarn isn’t exactly a stranger to playing in front of huge crowds at...

Latitude Gratitude: Damon Albarn is Thankful of


More recommendations

Advertisement

Comments

jsp404's picture

jsp404

I've always wanted to do the trans-siberian. Does anyone know of some good tour companies that offer that type of thing? Maybe I'll be inspired to make a hit movie after the experience :D

1 year 2 months ago
Report
View Comments

Baz Luhrmann Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Baz Luhrmann

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All