IBJ Night at the Movies: 'The Great Gatsby'

April 17, 2013
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F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" gets the Baz Luhrmann treatment in a new film version of the American classic.

Luhrmann, as you may recall, also directed "Moulin Rouge," "Romeo + Juliet" and "Strictly Ballroom," so don't expect this one to look anything like the less-than-classic Robert Redford version from 1974. The new one stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire. And, in a move usually reserved for science fiction and fantasy epics, this "Gatsby" is in 3D.

Want to see it before your peers?

I've got a batch of passes to give away to a May 7 screening at the Regal UA Galaxy Theatre. Just enter below and name another classic novel that you think is ripe for a cinematic redo. I'll pick winners at random until the passes are gone.

Good luck.

  • Hemingway
    A Farewell to Arms would make a fantastic movie!
  • Holden Caulfield
    J.D. Salinger has notoriously denied the rights to create works based upon "The Catcher in the Rye," but if the rights are ever released, or when the book becomes Public Domain, it will make an excellent film.
  • book to film
    HEART OF DARKNESS by Joseph Conrad
  • Joseph Heller
    Catch 22 is just begging to be remade. The progression of the book lends itself well to the big screen.
  • Catch-22
    Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them
  • Things Fall Apart
    Great book
  • An American Tragedy
    Given the similar time period, An American Tragedy seems ripe for revisiting.
  • Greene, Seuss and King
    Graham Greene's "End of the Affair" is a great candidate for a good adaption -- the previous version was cheesy and didn't represent the novel well. I've also never seen a good adaption of a Dr. Seuss story. Finally, while I love Kubrick's "The Shining," I have to agree with Stephen King that it's not a great adaptation of the novel .
  • Little Women
    Difficult to believe that it has been almost twenty years since Louisa May Alcott's autobiographical "Little Women" was last released.
  • Too many failed tries
    I am a HUGE fan of The Three Musketeers ever since I read it as a teenager. Would love to see a legitimate try at a cinematic redo, true to the story line of the book and its awesome characters.
  • my 2 cents
  • Poe
    Anything Poe...
  • The Thin Man
    Although so tough to replicate the great Nick and Nora but still would love to see this as a movie. I thought Johnny Depp had bought the rights to it. Maybe he and Kate Winslet?
  • Le Morte d'Arthur
    A whole series of movies could be made from the tales.
  • mr blandings builds his dream house
    my favorite movie along with "McCabe and Mrs. Miller"
  • Redo
    Tom Sawyer (and not as a musical)
  • Hitchcock Classic
    Certain things should not be redone. If a movie is truly a classic, leave it alone. I am not a fan of remakes, although for new generations who will not watch old movies, North by Northwest is ripe for a redo.
  • Arrowsmith
    SInclair Lewis's novel covers topics such as medical research and disaster relief, two subjects that are apt for our time.
  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
    It's would be hard to beat the classic version featuring Elizabeth Tayor and Paul Newman - but, I'd love to see a contemporary version.
  • Movie
    To Kill a Mockingbird...definitely!
  • Great Gatsby'
    "It's a Mad, Mad World"
  • Little
    Can't beleive Little Women has not been remade up to this point. Everyone would want to star in that one. 2013 version
  • Classic movie and book
    To Kill A Mockingbird was one of my favs and would love to see a remake for the younger generation.
  • two things
    1 -- To Mike: Heart of Darkness was already adapted into a movie...Apocalypse Now. Pretty amazing adaptation. Watch and read at the same time. 2 -- I'm reading The Count of Monte Cristo right now. I know a b/w was made many years ago, but several times I have caught myself considering whether a movie in today's era would be up to snuff or not...I think so, but I think it would need to be a long movie to really capture the imagery that Dumas so perfectly describes in his story...
  • Title
  • Classic Novel
    "Treasure Island"
  • Classic
    Gone with the wind
  • Catcher in the Rye
    Timeless themes.
  • Hunchback
    Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Great Gatsby!
    To Kill a Mockingbird!! or Little Women
  • King Solomon's Mines
    '85 was the last remake of this classic
  • Harper Lee
    To Kill A Mockingbird is due for a remake.
  • Movie Remake
    The Birds
  • King Solomon's Mines
    '85 was the last remake of this classic.
  • Grapes
    Might be a good time to do an updated version of Grapes of Wrath...the poor Californians making their way to the promised land of North Dakota fracking.
  • Hemingway
    The Sun Also Rises
  • Steinbeck
    I think it's time again to update Grapes of Wrath.
  • Lifeboat
    Lifeboat would be great remade and at sea. Not in space like the '93 version. With nothing but the boat as location it would definitely test the actors abilities.
  • What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
    I'm a huge Betty Davis fan. She was scandalous. To see a modern age film of this classic would be fantastic!
  • Movie
    "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"-----Time for an update.
  • The Invisible Man
    The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells.
  • The Once and Future King
    I have always loved King Aurthur stories - several variations of this have been done before but I think we are due for a good one.
  • Mockingbird
    Absolutely "To Kill a Mockingbird" with some new unknown playing Scout.....but I cannot wait for "Gatsby". One of my favorite books next to "The Catcher in the Rye".
  • Without a doubt
    The Catcher in he Rye.
  • A Wrinkle in Time
    L'Engle's "A Wrinkle in Time" deserves more than the half-hearted tv-movie that Disney tried a decade ago.
  • Scoop
    the classic evelyn waugh british comedy. rich. satirical. still timely.
  • Doctor Zhivago
    Time for this beautiful romantic movie again!
  • Pick Me!
    It HAS to be The Old Man and the Sea!
  • Moby Dick
    Moby Dick
  • Fahrenheit 451
    A great story that could be adapted into an amazing movie in today's cinema technology.
  • two choices!
    To Kill a Mockingbird or The Catcher in the Rye.
  • Citizen Kane
    Some classics are not re-do'able, The Godfather, Wizard of Oz, Breakfast at Tiffanys, Casablanca... since Baby Jane has been mentioned, I'm selecting Citizen Kane.
  • Rodents & Humans
    Of Mice and Men
  • Oh so Brave
    Would love to see what someone could do with A. Huxley's "Brave New World"
  • salinger
    i love franny and zooey.
  • LOVE Gatsby!
    The Three Musketeers would be great!!!
  • Book-movie redo
    A Wrinkle In Time. It's time for a serious redo!
  • Movie
    To Kill a Mockingbird. One of my favorites!
  • Remake
    To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Moby Dick
    Should be able to use modern special effects to make this into a great film.
  • Gatsby
    To Kill A Mockingbird / Breakfast at Tiffany's / just about any Hitchcock
  • Remake
  • romeo & juliet
    Would like to see this redone.
  • movie
  • Classic Book to Movie
    East of Eden
  • Remake
    North by northwest or Mr Lucky
  • Novel
    The Red Badge of Courage.
  • Jumping on the Mockingbird bandwagon
    To Kill A Mockingbird!
  • Lord of the Flies
    I'd love to see a nostalgic remake of Lord of the Flies.
  • The Giver
    I always liked The Giver from grade school
  • Rebecca
    ripe for remake
  • Aldous Huxley
    Brave New World
  • Can't wait!
    Gone With the Wind!
  • Little Women/Jo's Boys
    Fell in love with Louisa May Alcott's "Jo"....so any of the novels that include her.
  • The Giver
    Fortunately, it's already in works!
  • Brave New World
    Would be great!
  • Movie Remake
    I agree with others on To Kill a Mockingbird could use a remake. Just saw it on TV the other day. Still a classic......
  • Frankenstein
    Starring Indy's Doug Jones!
  • Catcher in the Rye
    Catcher in the Rye
  • Movie remake
    The Grapes of Wrath!
  • Henderson The Rain King
    Henderson The Rain King
  • The Stranger
    by Albert Camus. Could be a great movie if done right.
  • Movie
    Little Women
  • Classic ReMake
    The Pursuit Of Love by Nancy Mitford
  • The Sting
    I loved that movie also the music and would love to it come back.
  • Confederacy of Dunces
    How the Confederacy of Dunces movie hasn't gotten made yet is beyond me. I guess, just like the book, it will come out in it's own time...
  • Crime and Punishment
    Definitely Crime and Punishment.
  • The Fountainhead
    Howard Roark is a classic character.
  • 451
    Fahrenheit 451 is definitely the one. Every time I teach this novel, I wish for a more accurate movie version. My students this year are getting extra credit for seeing the new Gatsby movie!
  • Classic
    Catcher in the Rye
  • Classic Remake
    The Birds....wonder if they could make it as scary and creepy as the first one was?
  • Classics
    Yes, it has been done, but 'Little Women' would be great to see in the theaters again.
  • Red Badge of Courage
    this would make a great movie
  • Look Homeward, Angel
    by Thomas Wolfe
  • Magnificent Ambersons
    The original film is over 50 years old. The book is a classic; progress versus tradition, how small decisions can change lives. Plus, it's a book by our very own Booth Tarkington, the Pulitzer Prize winning author. How do you go wrong?
  • Zane Grey
    I read every one of his books in the school library. Eons ago. And still love them.
  • Movie Classic
    George Orwell's 1984
  • Novel
    Huck Finn would be great!
  • Movie remake
    I'd love to see The Natural. That would be awesome.
  • The Sun Also Rises
    If they can muck up Gatsby again, they can much up Jake and Lady Brett.
  • Garp
    I'd love to see The World According to Garp redone how I saw it in my mind while reading it.
  • Book to Movie
    Lord of the Flies
  • The Sting
    I would love to see the Sting redone
  • Catch 22
    "The Great Gatsby" is one of my favorite books, but I would really love to see an updated version of "Catch-22".
  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
  • Classic novel needs movie redo
    Lord of the Flies would be a great one to redo!
  • Great movies
    An Affair to Remember
  • Movie remake
    To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Grapes of Wrath!
    A true american classic!
  • entry
    ditto - To Kill A Mockingbird
  • pick me! :)
    I'd love to see of mice and men. what a moving story.
  • movie remake
    Gone With The Wind
  • Can't Choose Just One
    Had to pick two - Magnificent Ambersons (without the narration) and The Fountainhead - Shia LeBeouf as Howard Roark.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
    Love the original; would like to see a new adaptation.
  • That's what's up...
    Catcher in the Rye!!
  • Take of Two Cities
    I would love to see A Tale of Two Cities. Such an epic tale!
  • The 39 Steps
    The 39 Steps would be a cool redo
  • cinematic redo
    red sonja
  • Anything except To Kill a Mockingbird
    To all those suggesting To Kill a Mockingbird, you are crazy. All these years later, there is no better film adaptation. It does not need a makeover! Rent the original and enjoy a true masterpiece.
  • Movie
    Catcher in the Rye
  • A Few Suggestions
    I would love to see a full-on, three-hour version of The Count of Monte Cristo that is done correctly, not butchered up as a 1.5 star action flick. On the heels of On the Road, Catcher in the Rye needs a fresh look, subject to Seth's comment at the top. Probably not the right timing in the middle of the Hunger Games Trilogy, but Fahrenheit 451 would make a great futuristic-oppressive-government science fiction flick.
  • The Snows of Kilimanjaro
    This was a great book and would make a great remake opportunity for the 1952 movie which was not entirely true to the book. A French version was released in 2011 but did not make widespread release in the U.S.
  • Book to Movie
    Tom Sawyer
  • ready to be remade
    I'd love to see what modern Hollywood would do with A Tale of Two Cities or something humble, such as The Glass Menagerie or Our Town.
  • Old Yeller
    Tearing up already . . .
  • The Village
    Not EXACTLY a classic, but I'd like to see a remake of M NightShyamalan's novel and instead of it being set in the late 19th century where desparate families have tried to shelter themselves from the world, have it set in the 50's where all of the people who are fed up with the evils and technology of the world today, retreat with their families and live like innocence and wonder still exists. No terrorists, pedophile priests, parents who kill their babies, bullying just made you stronger and before The Great Society made government to big for its britches(and best of all - no 24/7 news channels. I'd go see that for sure!
  • Catcher in the Rye
    This book is definitely ripe for a movie deal.
  • Can't wait for Gatsby!
    Would love to see a re-make of To Kill A Mockingbird! Took my daughter to see black & white original on the big screen, she loved it & the theatre was packed!
  • The Turn of the Screw
    The Turn of the Screw by Henry James or Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy.
  • Great Gatsby Entry
    Wuthering Heights
  • Movie Remake
    To Kill a Mockingbird
  • GG Entry
    The Days of Wine and Roses
  • 1984
    I'd love to see a 1984 remake. The movie released in the 80's is great but our social and political climate today seem to make it an ideal time to re-release this film.
  • Hunchback of Notre Dame
    Who would play Eamerelda?
  • My Antonia
    I loved reading "My Antonia" in high school and would love to see made into a feature film.
  • Deserving of a cinematic turn
    Would love to see a film of Djuna Barnes's Nightwood!
  • Re-Make a Classic
    Would love to see Gone with the Wind re-made
  • Alls Quiet on the Western Front
    Why not teach a little history while we are remaking classics?
  • Tickets
    "Cutting for Stone" by Abraham Verghese.
  • Shute
    Nevil Shute wrote some great books - a remake of On the Beach.
  • Catcher
    Would love to see Catcher In the Rye on the screen.
  • Classic
    I would suggest "Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck. John Ford directed "Grapes of Wrath" starring Henry Fonda back in 1940. I do not believe many high school student's have patience/will to appreciate this great novel nor care to watch a movie produced in 1940.
  • Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
    I Would like Redeeming Love made into a movie!
  • 100 Years of Solitude
    One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Grapes of Wrath
    I hope it's not too late for the give away. I loved reading the Great Gatsby when I was younger. Another remake I would like to see is "Washington Square" It may fit in this day and age too
  • remake
    I was going to say another, but then I saw one of the last comments, and I have to say I completely agree with 100 Years of Solitude - I'd love to see that!
  • Don Quixote
    Don Quixote as a movie would be great. I haven't seen the TV version, but it would be nice to see it get the feature treatment.
  • Epic Movie Remake!
    How about a remake of "Gone with the Wind"? I would love 2 free tickets! Thanks!
  • movie....
    To Kill a Mockingbird
  • movies
    Great Gatsby! I think a remake with today's technology of Gone with the Wind would be awesome.
  • Fabulous
    I would love to see a remake of All About Eve. I can't even begin to imagine who could play Betty Davis's role.
  • Not a classic, but waiting for a movie
    I can't name a classic that I want to see remade. Sorry. But I'm still waiting for a film adaptation of the first historical fiction book I ever read. The Eight by Katherine Neville, published in 1988. Set during the French revolution and the 1970s OPEC crisis - and the story lines converge. It's an amazing book that would make an amazing movie. PICK ME FOR TICKETS, PLEASE!!! Can't wait to see Gatsby!
  • Driving Miss Daisy
    These classic era films!
  • The Sound & the Fury
    1959 Yul Bynner
  • Movie
    Gone with the Wind
  • Ripe for redo...
    Gone with the Wind
  • Remake
    Fiddler on the Roof
  • movie
    African Queen...
  • The redo
    How about "Gone with the Wind" in a shorter version? Or perhaps "Jane Eyre" or "To Kill a Mockingbird".
  • Book/Film
  • Movie Classic
    My vote for a remake would be The Thin Man or The Treasure of Sierra Madre.
  • Book
    East of Eden - Steinbeck
  • Gatsby
    It's painful to read the comments suggesting the remaking of great American classic films. How about 'Heaven's Gate' which was a big disappointment, that could use a re-make.
  • The Old Man and the Sea
    "The Old Man and the Sea"

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