Mad Max: Fury Road wasn’t the biggest hit of the year, but it is one of the few summer blockbusters that is getting a lot of awards season buzz and several critics awards for Best Film of the Year. Now typically, when a movie released early in the year has a chance to win prizes in the Hollywood derby, it gets a proforma theatrical re-release, and rumors are circling that maybe Fury Road will be seen in cinemas again in the new year. The twist: it may be a black and white version of the film that George Miller apparently always wanted to make.
In a profile for ScreenDaily, Fury Road producer Doug Mitchell dropped the hint about the possible “special edition” release of the film.
In 2016, there might also be a black-and-white version of the film, which Miller confirms was his original intent. A greyscale and silent version was leaked online in September, although it has since been removed. Mitchell says that an official version exists and could yet receive a theatrical release.
I didn’t know that Fury Road was supposed to be in black-and-white. I’m not sure how going monochrome was meant to help the film, the colors in it were filled with vibrant reds, oranges and yellows making it a veritable technicolor feast on screen. Perhaps the tone of a black-and-white Fury Road will feel different, perhaps it will be a bit more solemn and a little less zany. It will be interesting to see, if the black-and-white version of the film ever comes about.
Of course, Mad Max: Fury Road would not be the first color film in recent memory to get a black-and-white release. There was an official version of The Mist released on DVD in a black-and-white rendition after director Frank Darabont revealed that he originally wanted to release that film with our color. I can see why that would be appealing for The Mist with its Twilight Zone influence, but for Mad Max? I think at this point we have to assume that Miller knows what he’s doing.
We’ll let you know when and if Mad Max: Fury Road is coming back to a theater near you.
Source: The Mary Sue