As part of his deal with Eircom Study Hub, Australian director Baz Luhrmann has finished post-production on his movie The Great Gatsby. The movie stars Leonardo diCaprio in the title role, and Tobey Maguire as Nick. The movie is based on the novel of the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald, which can be found intermittently on the Irish Department of Education's Leaving Certificate English course.
Luhrmann brokered a two-movie deal with Charlie McCreevy and the Irish government in 1994. This led to the 1996 release of Romeo + Juliet, starring diCaprio. There was always an option for Luhrmann and diCaprio to do a second Leaving Certificate movie. However, when Luhrmann returned to the Irish government cap-in-hand early last year, Taoiseach Enda Kenny told him the Irish had no money to invest as producers. It was then that Eircom Study Hub completely "fibre-powered" a deal for the new movie. Eircom hopes to deliver the Leaving Certificate content in cinemas worldwide over the next few days.
Luhrmann hasn't ruled out any further collaborations with Eircom Study Hub. It is believed that he has couriered his school copy-books from Australia to Dublin. Eircom is now studying the work to see if there is any other coursework which the director and the Irish company can complete together.