Jay-Z has been enlisted to executive produce and record original music for Baz Luhrmann’s forthcoming film The Great Gatsby.
According to a press release, Jay-Z will serve as Executive Producer and record original music for The Great Gatsby soundtrack. The OST will feature “a varied collection of the world`s most talented and compelling musical artists.”
Leonardo DiCaprio, who will play Jay Gatsby in the film introduced Baz Luhrmann and Jay-Z and that is what led to the two collaborating on the film.
Jay-Z gave a statement on executive producing the music for The Great Gatsby:
As soon as I spoke with Baz and Leonardo, I knew this was the right project. The Great Gatsby is that classic American story of one`s introduction to extravagance, decadence and illusion. It`s ripe for experimentation and ready to be interpreted with a modern twist. The imagination Baz brought to `Moulin Rouge` made it a masterpiece, and `Romeo + Juliet`s` score wasn`t just in the background; the music became a character. This film`s vision and direction has all the makings of an epic experience.
The Great Gatsby soundtrack will be released through Interscope Records.
View the full press release, via Reuters, below:
BURBANK, Calif.–(Business Wire)–
Grammy Award-winning musical artist Shawn “JAY Z” Carter has collaborated with
writer/producer/director Baz Luhrmann on “The Great Gatsby”-in the capacity of
Executive Producer-to bring the modern “Jazz Age” energy of F. Scott
Fitzgerald`s original text to the big screen, procuring, performing, producing
and arranging for a soundtrack featuring some of the world`s top musical
JAY Z`s contributions, woven amongst a score by long-time Luhrmann collaborator,
composer Craig Armstrong, drive Gatsby`s champagne-infused dance floors, rumble
in New York`s illegal speakeasies, and foreshadow the tragedy behind Gatsby`s
“extraordinary gift for hope.” To articulate the film`s “1920s-Meets-Now” sound,
JAY Z also comes to “The Great Gatsby” soundtrack as a performer and contributor
of original music.
Luhrmann and JAY Z were introduced by Leonardo DiCaprio (Jay Gatsby), and this
led to a two-year collaborative effort. During this time, JAY Z worked with
Luhrmann and his team to capture, translate and contrast the feelings of
Fitzgerald`s decadent era with that of our own, using hip-hop and jazz, music
contemporary and period, to bring two distinct American moments to simultaneous
life. They sculpted the film`s musical landscape alongside Armstrong, who worked
with the director on “Moulin Rouge!” and “Romeo + Juliet.” The film`s music
supervisor is Anton Monsted.
Luhrmann calls the collaboration with JAY Z “a credible and natural fit.
Fitzgerald was a pioneer, famed and controversial for using the then-new and
explosive sound called jazz in his novels and short stories-not just as
decoration, but to actively tell story using the immediacy of pop culture. He
coined the phrase `the Jazz Age.` So, the question for me in approaching Gatsby
was how to elicit from our audience the same level of excitement and
pop-cultural immediacy toward the world that Fitzgerald did for his audience?
And in our age, the energy of jazz is caught in the energy of hip-hop. Not only
is JAY Z a great artist, full stop, but I had heard that he was a great
collaborator. Leonardo and I were lucky enough to be present in a recording
session over two years ago as JAY Z was recording `No Church in the Wild,` and
the collaboration grew from there.”
JAY Z said, “As soon as I spoke with Baz and Leonardo, I knew this was the right
project. The Great Gatsby is that classic American story of one`s introduction
to extravagance, decadence and illusion. It`s ripe for experimentation and ready
to be interpreted with a modern twist. The imagination Baz brought to `Moulin
Rouge` made it a masterpiece, and `Romeo + Juliet`s` score wasn`t just in the
background; the music became a character. This film`s vision and direction has
all the makings of an epic experience.”
“The Great Gatsby” soundtrack will be released by Interscope Records.
From the uniquely imaginative mind of writer/producer/director Baz Luhrmann
comes the new big screen adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald`s novel The Great
Gatsby. The filmmaker created his own distinctive visual interpretation of the
classic story, bringing the period to life in a way that has never been seen
before, in a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role.
“The Great Gatsby” follows would-be writer Nick Carraway as he leaves the
Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening
morals, glittering jazz, bootleg kings, and sky-rocketing stocks. Chasing his
own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving
millionaire, Jay Gatsby, and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy, and her
philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan. It is thus that Nick is drawn
into the captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, loves and
deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without of the world he inhabits, he
pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy,
and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles.
Academy Award® nominee DiCaprio (“Django Unchained,” “Aviator”) plays Jay
Gatsby, with Tobey Maguire starring as Nick Carraway; Oscar® nominee Carey
Mulligan (“An Education”) and Joel Edgerton as Daisy and Tom Buchanan; Isla
Fisher and Jason Clarke as Myrtle and George Wilson; and newcomer Elizabeth
Debicki as Jordan Baker. Indian film legend Amitabh Bachchan will play the role
of Meyer Wolfsheim.
Oscar® nominee Luhrmann (“Moulin Rouge!”) directs the film in 3D from a
screenplay co-written with frequent collaborator Craig Pearce, based on
Fitzgerald`s novel. Luhrmann produces, along with Catherine Martin, Academy
Award® winner Douglas Wick (“Gladiator”), Lucy Fisher and Catherine Knapman. The
executive producers are Academy Award® winner Barrie M. Osborne (“Lord of the
Rings – Return of the King”), JAY Z, and Bruce Berman.
Two-time Academy Award®-winning production and costume designer Catherine Martin
(“Moulin Rouge!”) designs as well as produces. The editors are Matt Villa, Jason
Ballantine and Jonathan Redmond, and the director of photography is Simon
Duggan. The music is by Craig Armstrong.
Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures,
in association with A&E Television, a Bazmark/Red Wagon Entertainment
Production, a Film by Baz Luhrmann, “The Great Gatsby.” Opening May 10, 2013,
the film will be distributed in 3D and 2D by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner
Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow