5 Ideas for a ‘Great Gatsby’ Sequel
Hollywood super producer Lynda Obst says that Warner Brothers should be thinking about how to keep the party going:
How to make a sequel out of the Great Gatsby? another deep issue of the New Abnormal in Hollywood: if it opens 45m+ they must! Ideas?
— Lynda Obst (@LyndaObst) May 10, 2013
While some may say a Great Gatsby sequel would be sacrilege, I’ve got 5 ideas for how it might look:
1. A Jordan Baker spinoff
Nick Carraway’s not-quite-girlfriend Jordan Baker doesn’t get a ton of screen time in Luhrmann’s film, but she’s one of my favorite characters in the book. Where Daisy is always leaning on Nick, Tom or Jay, Jordan is an independent pro golfer who forges her own path. Is she really “incurably dishonest”? A spinoff could follow her rising golf career before the book, or perhaps what she was up for the rest of the 1920s.
2. The future of Daisy’s daughter
In the book (and movie), we barely meet Daisy’s young daughter Pammy, who was born in 1920. Something tells me that Daisy’s not the best mother — how does their relationship affect this little girl? Let’s fast forward to 1937, when Pammy’s a teenager. What if she got tired of her “careless” parents and took off on her own somewhere?
3. The Daisy prequel in Louisville
At age 18, Daisy was “by far the most popular of all the young girls in Louisville,” Jordan Baker tells us in Chapter 4. “She dressed in white, and had a little white roadster, and all day long the telephone rang in her house and excited young officers from Camp Taylor demanded the privilege of monopolizing her that night.” Sounds fun! We could give her the Carrie Diaries treatment and follow her romantic adventures in a coming-of-age teenage girl story.
4. Moving into Gatsby’s mansion
[Spoiler alert ahead.] Gatsby doesn’t really need his mansion by the end of the book — but what happens to it? Who moves in? A sequel could jump ahead to any time period and explore the new inhabitants of the decadent (haunted?) estate.
5. Non-white characters in the ’20s
Throughout the book and movie, we get mere glimpses of non-white characters; “As we crossed Blackwell’s Island a limousine passed us, driven by a white chauffeur, in which sat three modish negroes, two bucks and a girl,” Nick tells us in Chapter 4. What’s their story? Too often, period pieces only explore the lives of white characters.