The 1926 Gatsby Film Was Rotten and Awful and Terrible

F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby has been adapted to most conceivable forms of media: graphic novels, video games, musical theatre, and opera. Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of the classic American novel, in theaters this Friday, marks the sixth time a director has attempted to take Gatsby from page to screen. While expectations are running high for the $127 million movie, some of Luhrmann's predecessors failed to set a very high bar for him. 

In 1926, Paramount Pictures released the only Gatsby film to exist in Fitzgerald's lifetime: A silent movie directed by Herbert Brenon, to which Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald devoted a night out in Hollywood. While a review in The New York Times was disappointed at best in the movie's lack of character development, noting that Daisy was most compelling for the sheer volume of alcohol she consumed, the Fitzgeralds were more direct in their appraisal. In a letter to her daughter Scottie, Zelda Fitzgerald wrote that the movie was "ROTTEN and awful and terrible"—so the couple walked out of it, according to Anne Margaret Daniel in the Huffington Post

That 1926 adaptation is now a classic example of a "lost movie." The trailer is all that remains, but by Zelda's account, that loss might have been a modern audience's gain.

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A Diehard Fan of The Office Just Wrote a 24-Episode 10th Season—and You Can Read It Online

The cast of The Office in a scene from the series finale.
The cast of The Office in a scene from the series finale.
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Just like William Shakespeare before him, one fan of The Office has been using his time in quarantine to get a little creative, writing an entire new season of the beloved sitcom.

As Geek Tyrant reports, extreme Dunder Mifflinite Nick Janicki spent his time indoors writing a full, 24-episode 10th season of the series, and it's available for anyone to read online. Just be prepared that it may take a little time, as it's 900 pages long!

Janicki did the beloved sitcom appropriate justice by bringing back all the most crucial characters, including Michael Scott, Dwight Schrute, Pam Beesly, and Jim Halpert. To see exactly what goes down in each episode, and how Janicki's imagined 10th season plays out, you'll have to read it for yourself. The scripts are described as a "reunion season" and each one is currently available to read in PDF form. With titles like "The Dunderal," [PDF] and "Bachelor & Chill," [PDF] it sounds like fans are in for a real treat.

It might not be the long-awaited reunion fans had hoped for, but hey, it's something. As for whether or not the series will ever make like Friends and announce an official reunion, that is really anyone's guess. According to the show's creator Greg Daniels, the ensemble cast might be too big and too busy to all come back together for a new show. Thankfully, however, fans got the next big thing when many of the actors appeared on a recent episode of John Krasinski's Some Good News for a virtual wedding.

[h/t Geek Tyrant]