Remember Titanic vs. The Man in the Iron Mask?
December 25th was supposed to be Round II in the epic question of if Leonardo DiCaprio could kick his own ass at the box office. This time, the actor is headlining Django Unchained and The Great Gatsby. Both touted as Oscar contenders and, hopefully, commercial hits. Alas we'll never know the outcome.
Warner Brothers figured two Leos in one day was too much and announced this afternoon the 3D Gatsby courtesy of director Baz Luhrmann is vacating Christmas Day, and the 2012 awards circuit, to an unspecified summer 2013 date arguing competition is too fierce. Ironic since Django's shoot went overscheduled and concerns arose if it could make its release date.
The move is not off logically-speaking. They're right. This Christmas is packed with the afore-mentioned Django, Jack Reacher, Les Miserables, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, This is 40 and Zero Dark Thirty fighting for your $10.
Where they lose me is moving to summer. The studio has that packed with The Hangover 3, Man of Steel, Pacific Rim and 300: Battle of Artemisia. Where do they expect to slot Gatsby and why move there if they already have their ducks lined up? Unless one of their tentpoles has also been delayed?