Second, Third, and Even More Acts
Fitzgerald didn't believe in second acts for American lives, but his work gets several in adaptation.
This past holiday season, F. Scott Fitzgerald went from being considered a curse on Hollywood to the flavor of the month practically overnight. For decades, adaptations of Fitzgerald's fiction were seen as surefire failures, but that all seemed to change with the release of David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and the announcement that two new films were in the works: The Great Gatsby, to be directed by Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge), and something called The Beautiful and the Damned, which will be either an adaptation of Fitzgerald's ambitious second novel or a biopic of the author and his wife, Zelda Sayre, to be directed by John Curran (The Painted Veil) and starring Keira Knightley. Also around this time, the season finale of the HBO show Entourage ended with its movie-star hero getting cast to play
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