As in "William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet," Aussie director Baz Luhrmann is looking to circumvent Generation Y's deep loathing for anything from before this past decade by saturating his lavish film version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's Jazz Age romance "The Great Gatsby" with pop tunes aplenty.
True to his past behavior, Reuters reports that Luhrmann has lured 17-time Grammy champ Jay-Z in the curatorial executive producer capacity on "Gatsby," meaning he's procuring, producing and arranging all the artists' tracks for the soundtrack, rumored to include the likes of Lady Gaga and Prince.
That's appropriate, given that the Jigga man's moniker is actually taken from childhood nickname "Jazzy," although this runs contrary to initial reports that had the rapper actually scoring the film, a job that will actually fall to Craig Armstrong.
"In our age, the energy of jazz is caught in the energy of hip-hop," said Luhrmann. "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."
Hova is no stranger to movie soundtracks, having his tracks pop up in recent fare like "The Hangover Part II," "The Dictator" and "Safe House," not to mention the first trailer for "Gatsby," but this executive producer credit does takes him one step closer to the realm of actually composing soundtracks, as does his fellow rap magnate RZA.
"As soon as I spoke with Baz and Leonardo, I knew this was the right project," Jay-Z said. "'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."