Michael Hirst, screenwriter and producer, is interested in making a new adaptation of the American classic, and will be assisted by Fitzgerald’s granddaughter Blake Hazard. They hope to make a more diverse show which reflects some more time appropriate issues.
“I have long dreamt of a more diverse, inclusive version of Gatsby that better reflects the America we live in, one that might allow us all to see ourselves in Scott’s wildly romantic text,” Hazard told The Hollywood Reporter.
This adaptation will explore 1920s New York’s Black community and their musical subculture, unlike the previous adaptations. Jasmine Griffin, Columbia University’s William B. Ransford professor of English and comparative literature and African-American studies will be a consultant on the series.
The screenplay is being written by Michael Hirst who is known for his TV shows, ‘Vikings’ and ‘The Tudors’.
“I seem to have lived with Gatsby most of my life, reading it first as a schoolboy, later teaching it at Oxford in the 1970s then re-reading it periodically ever since,” Hirst told The Hollywood Reporter, “As the critic Lionel Trilling once wrote: ‘The Great Gatsby is still as fresh as when it first appeared, it has even gained in weight and relevance.’ Today, as America seeks to reinvent itself once again, is the perfect moment to look with new eyes at this timeless story, to explore its famous and iconic characters through the modern lens of gender, race and sexual orientation. Fitzgerald’s profoundly romantic vision does not prevent him examining and exposing the darker underbelly of the American experience, which is why the story speaks to both tragedy and hope, and why it continues to resonate today.”
“Michael brings a deep reverence for Scott’s work to the project, but also a fearlessness about bringing such an iconic story to life in an accessible and fresh way. I’m delighted to be a part of the project,” Hazard added.
The book follows the story of a man called Jay Gatsby, as told from the point of view of his neighbour Nick Carraway who observes Gatsby’s obsession with Daisy, his lost love who is now married and the way society and business work in New York. It was never very popular during the author’s lifetime but it grew in popularity around the second World War, when it was sent to the American soldiers.
The book remains popular to this day for it’s timeless themes and it’s accurate representation of society and the American dream. It has had several movie adaptations, one in 1926, which was toplined by Warner Baxter, one in 1949 with Alan Ladd, one in 1974 which starred Robert Redford and Mia Farrow and one in 2013 which had Leonardo DiCaprio.