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    "The Great Gatsby" Is Now In The Public Domain So Here Are 11 Adaptations We Need Immediately

    We just spent an hour photoshopping a Gatsby Muppets poster, and it was entirely worth it.

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    This week, The Great Gatsby came into the public domain, which means that people are free to adapt and write their own versions of the story!

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    Now, there's no doubt The Great Gatsby is a literary classic. But could we create versions that are just as good, if not better?? Absolutely! Here are just some of the new versions we'd like to see.

    1. First, let's give the people what they want: a Muppets version!

    fake poster for The Gatsby Muppets featuring Tobey Maguire, Miss Piggy, and Kermit
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    There's already been an outpouring of support for a Muppets Great Gatsby. Nick will be the only human — Miss Piggy is obviously Daisy, Sam Eagle will play Todd, Camilla the Chicken will play Myrtle, and Kermit will be stretching his acting abilities to play Gatsby himself. (Can you imagine a version of "It's Not Easy Being Green," but it's changed to "It's Not Easy Seeing Green"??) I'm telling you, release this film at Christmas and it cannot fail.

    2. A jazz and hip-hop musical starring Jamie Foxx.

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    Honestly, everything should be turned into a musical. But this one's really ripe for it. A modern jazz and blues musical with a couple of hip-hop numbers (especially the opening group number called "Roarin' '20s") would be amazing. Jamie Foxx would absolutely make the perfect Gatsby, and Zoe Saldana would be great as Daisy. Throw in Daveed Diggs as Nick, Oscar Isaac as Tom, and Rosario Dawson as Myrtle, and you've got a flawless cast.

    3. The gender-swapped novel.

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    Okay, but how different would this novel be if everyone’s gender were swapped? What if Daisy were the one sneaking into the city to see her male lover, and Gatsby were a powerhouse of a woman? The dynamic would be totally changed, especially because Daisy’s role as a woman in the original novel was one of the main reasons she was pushed to do things she didn’t want to do. Take away the gender stereotypes and give us some badass female Gatsby who is kicking butt and taking names.

    4. A version set 300 years in the future.

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    This could go in two directions: Either move into the atmosphere like Star Wars, or become just your classic futuristic film. We want some wild makeup and fashion choices, flying cars, West Egg and East Egg as separate planets, and at least three robots. If a galaxywide war is thrown in, why not? Plot twist: Is Nick actually a robot himself?!

    5. A more Prohibition-related mobster story.

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    Daisy is a celebrated jazz singer at a speakeasy, married to a dangerous mob boss, while Gatsby is mysterious female songwriter who begins an affair with Daisy and secretly writes her songs. Nick — the owner of the bar where Daisy sings and Daisy’s cousin — knows the truth about Gatsby, and when questions arise about where Daisy is getting her material, Nick steps in to take the credit. Tom, suspicious, enlists Nick to write an entire musical for Daisy...can the three pull it off, or will Tom find out the truth?

    6. The Great Gatsby, but make it fantasy.

    a woman with hair flying and burning books flying in the air around her
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    This basically writes itself. Tom is a powerful wizard practicing ancient magic, while Gatsby is new on the scene, practicing a newer form of magic that is less highly regarded. Nick is an assistant to wizards who once interned under Tom, returning from magical service with a more worldly point of view. And Daisy is a noblewoman (and Tom's wife) hiding a deadly secret: She holds a dangerous form of magic that, if released, would prove disastrous and dangerous.

    7. The Regency romance novel.

    two couples dancing at a masquerade ball with masks and a chandelier above them
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    It’s Bridgerton season, and we just can’t help it! Everyone loves a good Regency romance, what with the balls, the language, and the sexual tension. Let's set the stage: Daisy is a young girl trapped in a marriage she never wanted but accepted because her family needed the connections. Gatsby, her poor childhood love, disappeared years ago. Suddenly, he arrives back on the London scene with a mysterious amount of money. Everyone is drawn to him, but none more than Daisy, who recognizes him for who he truly is. Throw in a masquerade ball just because, and you’ve got the perfect romance. Just saying, we’d read it.

    8. The modern teen drama show.

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    We’ve seen it with She’s the Man and 10 Things I Hate About You: The people just really love when classic works are turned into dramatic teen love stories. Who wouldn’t watch a show about the Long Island elite who spend their days skipping class and their nights throwing wild parties at their parents' mansions? Bonus points if Nick is “the new kid” who is on scholarship to their elite academy, Daisy’s the daughter of a rich politician, and Gatsby is the mysterious bad boy who keeps to himself.

    9. A follow-up about the life of Pamela Buchanan.

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    We can't be the only ones who are curious about what ever happened to Daisy and Tom’s daughter. She was barely in the novel and seemed to have almost no connection with her parents. Did she grow up to be that "beautiful little fool" Daisy wanted her to be? Imagine: Sixteen years later, Pamela is a young woman whose only knowledge of love and success comes from her parents, who are trapped in a loveless marriage, and her mother, who never really amounted to much. The life of the rich means few trustworthy friends, a family who barely knows her, and no goals to strive for outside of a beneficial marriage. She wants to leave this world behind, but what’s a young woman to do on her own?

    10. A Disney-fied version with animated animals.

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    It's time that Disney stepped away from fairy tales and toward other classic literature (hey, they did it with The Lion King 1 and 2, which are basically just Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet). Obviously they'd have to change some details — I'm not sure a hit-and-run where you kill the woman your husband is having an affair with is Disney appropriate — but they could keep the core details of a man gaining riches to live across the way from his lost love. Let's set it in the clouds with birds so we can make it especially visually pleasing.

    11. And finally, a book from Myrtle's point of view.

    Isla Fisher as Myrtle in the 2013 Great Gatsby
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    It would definitely be grittier and sadder, but what about if we saw this classic tale from Myrtle's point of view? She's the one who seems to lose out the most here — at least Gatsby got some fun riches and true love for a brief time. It would provide a look at the other side of the 1920s that's not so glamorous, and serve as an even more tragic tale.

    What kind of adaptations do you want to see? Let us know in the comments!

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