Baz Luhrmann has revealed his adaptation of The Great Gatsby is on hold until he has decided how he will bring the story to the big screen.
The Moulin Rouge director was reported to have cast Carey Mulligan, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire in the period drama and has workshopped his adaptation in 3D, but he told New York magazine he's yet to make any final decisions about the project.
Baz said: "I've been studying Fitzgerald now for three years, and my only act now is to absorb the DNA of his world, his life, the world of the novel.
"That's why I have published on our website all the books we're reading. And I think before we all engage anyone, the first thing to do is to do your homework, read the books, and then let's talk."
The Romeo and Juliet director refused to comment on the reports of casting or whether he had decided to shoot his adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald's novel in 3D.
He said: "I'm not doing Gatsby right now for this reason. Because despite what might be out there, I have made no comment about anything. So until I say it, it's not said, you know.
"When you're in the middle of the work, there's all sorts of things you're doing. Right now, my only focus is absorbing.
"I'm in the middle of my own foolish-to-be-talking-about-anything-in-any-regard stage, before you truly have something to express. I'm in the middle of my own moment and my team's, and I'm just building culture. Building creative culture."
Baz has done several workshops of the script in New York which have lead to the reports he has cast Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire.
In November he confirmed he had cast Carey as manipulative heroine Daisy Buchanan.