There has been a lot of back-and-forth about director Baz Luhrmann's next project The Great Gatsby. In early /baz-luhrmann-not-directing-the-great-gatsby/February, Baz Luhrmann said the film wasn't happening. Then a /the-great-gatsby-shooting-in-sydney/few days later, it was announced that Warner Bros. was producing this adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel, which will be shot in 3D, with the production located in Sydney, Australia.

Today, Baz Luhrmann has come forward to clarify a few things. Namely, he isn't shooting The Great Gatsby anytime soon, and one of the factoring delays is deciding whether or not the Long Island-based story should be shot in New York instead of Australia.

When asked why he was planning to shoot in Sydney, Baz Luhrmann had this to say.

"That's a great question. I'm not doing The Great Gatsby right now for this reason. Because despite what might be out there, I have made no comment about anything. So until I say it, it's not said, you know? What it means is, much like what goes on in any event, when you're in the middle of the work, there's all sorts of things you're doing, and, you know, when I'm really clear - I, right now, my only focus is absorbing - I've been studying F. Scott Fitzgerald now for three years, and my only act now is to absorb the DNA of his world, his life, the world of the novel. That's why I have published on our website all the books we're reading. And I think before we all engage anyone, the first thing to do is to do your homework, read the books, and then let's talk. I'm in the middle of my own moment and my team's, and I'm just building culture. Building creative culture."

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