DNEG Animation is to produce an animated version of classic American novel The Great Gatsby
F Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel is to be animated for the fist time by DNEG Animation. If the name is new, do look at their impressive show reels. They have five Academy Awards, five BAFTAs and their work encompasses The Boys, Wonder Woman, Star Trek Picard, Devs and a lot more.
The press release confirms the animation will be directed by Oscar winning author William Joyce (for the 2011 short animation The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore) and the screenplay will be by Brian Selznick (who wrote and adapted 2017’s Wonderstruck). Speaking of the project, Joyce says:
“Gatsby continues to cast a powerful spell over readers unlike any other book in American letters. Much of the power of Gatsby comes from the enchantment of Fitzgerald’s prose. He created a vivid dreamscape that, to some degree, has eluded filmmakers since the silent era. The previous film versions were constrained by live action, but innovative animation could finally realize the elusive quality of the novel.”
Writer Brian Selznick added:
“I’ve been friends with William Joyce for nearly my entire career. I’ve always marveled at his ability to invent indelible worlds and unforgettable characters. When he told me about his dream of making Gatsby into an animated movie, I immediately understood what a magical synthesis this could be. The rich wonderland of William Joyce’s vision is a brilliant match for the shimmering prose of F. Scott Fitzgerald, and I’m thrilled to help him bring this unique cinematic experience to life.”
The Great Gatsby has been filmed several times, both for cinema release and television, as well as appearing on stage. The BBC has also produced two radio versions.