Luhrmann lured by freedom of television

Baz Luhrmann is entering the world of TV, reportedly signing a lucrative two-year deal with Sony Pictures Television.

The Australian writer, director and producer, best known for his films Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge!, will develop broadcast and cable projects for the studio, according to industry website Deadline.com.

Luhrmann will work for Sony via his film production company Bazmark, co-founded with wife Catherine Martin.

He's told Deadline that he sees his role as "the creative director, encouraging others" to think outside the box.

“I make films very infrequently and yet I have so many ideas and stories to explore,” he said. “The idea that I can be creative in between films is energising and exiting.”

“Television at the moment has such great freedom, giving writers the ability to explore any idea and to have maximum amount of freedom to do that,” he said.


The news comes as his much-anticipated film The Great Gatsby, starring Leonard DiCaprio, Toby Maguire, Carey Mulligan and Australian Joel Edgerton, is finally given an exact US release date of 10 May 2013.

The 3D extravaganza was originally due to be released on Christmas Day in the US, thereby putting it in the running for the Oscars, but the movie studio Warner Bros pushed back the date to early next year. The later release date is apparently so the film can capitalise on the American summer blockbuster season.

"We think moviegoers of all ages are going to embrace it, and it makes sense to ensure this unique film reaches the largest audience possible," said the studio's president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman.

with AAP