Mad Max Fury Road
After years of waiting, a return to the world of Mad Max is almost upon us. Okay, so maybe we’ve got a year to wait, but at least they actually made it to production this time around. And from what we’ve been shown of Mad Max: Fury Road thus far, it’s looking pretty bad-ass. George Miller is back in the director’s chair and he’s created something that is distinctively Mad Max in the way it looks. Now, check out the latest promotional image from the flick, featuring Tom Hardy (aka Max) and Charlize Theron (aka Imperator Furiosa) courtesy of Entertainment Weekly. (more…)
A new installment of the Mad Max series is finally almost here! Of course, whether Mad Max: Fury Road measures up to the previous films still remains to be seen. After all, we’ve got a new Max, it’s been nearly 30 years since the previous film and the fourth movie in the franchise has been a nightmare to get finished. Still, it is coming and fans of Mad Max are excited. And now we have the chance to hear a little about how well the movie is doing in front of screening audiences. Plus, we get an official synopsis. Scroll on for all the info. (more…)
Though the damn thing has been in the works for quite a while, it’s only now that we’re hearing that Mad Max: Fury Road has an actual release date. What’s even more confusing is that it isn’t anytime soon. For despite all the casting and shooting and whatnot that’s been done of the flick, you won’t be seeing the latest Mad Max until May 15th of 2015. (more…)
While shooting for the off again on again production set of Mad Max: Fury Road wrapped up several weeks ago, there hasn’t been many looks at the production online, just some vehicles caught being moved between locations. Now we’ve got the image below circulating around the Internet, many calling it the first “Official” still of Tom Hardy as Mad Max.
Ain’t It Cool posted the picture and said:
Hey folks, Harry here… a follower on Twitter sent over this pic purporting that it is a shot of Tom Hardy as Max Rockatansky in FURY ROAD.
Let’s take a look then sit down and talk about it.
What do you think? Here’s my issues with this whole thing. So someone gets this picture of Tom Hardy, a grainy low res photo of his character, he takes the time to scrawl his signature and give it to a fan. The photo is released by someone with no connections to the movie. No release on his fan page, the quality of the photo is crap.
I’m gonna call bullshit on this one folks. There’s just to many problems for this to be real. If there was no signature I might bite, but that piece of the puzzle just seems overboard. If you are there with Tom and have that photo for him to sign, where’s the photo you get taken with him after he signs?
Mad Max: Fury Road stars Tom Hardy, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Hugh Keays-Byrne, and Nathan Jones.
It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything more about Mad Max: Fury Road, the fourth installment in director George Miller’s much-loved franchise. This poor film has been plagued with production issues since inception and finally, more than ten years after the first try at it, it’s finally shooting. But now more problems loom. Miller has, in a fashion quite typical to him, managed to go over budget and fallen behind on the shooting schedule at the same time.
Warner Bros. execs have been shuttling back and forth to Namibia, where the flick’s being shot, in order to make sure Miller is keeping on track. Now they’ve decided that it’s a huge pain in the ass, all those flights. So instead, they’re placing producer Denise Di Novi as a permanent “overseer” to Mad Max’s filming.
Hopefully Di Novi can do a good job of watch-dogging the project without killing Miller’s vision. God forbid this should spiral out of control and some butt-hurt Warner Bros. exec draw the curtain on the film. Considering they’ve already dropped more than $100 million on it, that’s pretty unlikely, but still my paranoia persists that I’ll never get a chance to see this film.
If everything goes smoothly and Di Novi lays down the iron fist, Mad Max: Fury Road should be done shooting near the end of November. When it will hit theaters, however, is still a mystery.
Thanks to bleedingcool for the heads-up.
Because you can’t work on a project like Mad Max: Fury Road for going on two months and have no new details released about it, we get some new information as to what the movie’s about, and who all is in it, courtesy of Kennedy Miller Mitchell productions (via Bleeding Cool).
Let’s dig into the press release:
Mad Max: Fury Road—the fourth in the franchise’s history—stars Tom Hardy (“The Dark Knight Rises”) in the title role of Max Rockatansky, alongside Oscar® winner Charlize Theron (“Monster”, “Prometheus”) as Imperator Furiosa.
Try saying “Imperator Furiosa” thee times fast. As Bleeding Cool points out, the term Imperator began in Ancient Rome as an honorary type title for a military commander. It’s also the Latin root word for Emperor. So it seems that no matter which way you cut, Charlize Theron is in charge. Let’s continue:
According to Miller, “Mad Max is caught up with a group of people fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by the Imperator Furiosa. This movie is an account of the Road War which follows. It is based on the Word Burgers of the History Men and eyewitness accounts of those who survived.
“War Rig?” “Road War?” “Word Burgers?” I like how the press release drops some of these terms like we’re supposed to be acquainted with what they mean already. Oh well, who else is in this sucker:
Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: First Class) as Nux; Hugh Keays-Byrne (Mad Max, Sleeping Beauty) as Immortan Joe; and Nathan Jones (Conan the Barbarian) as Rictus Erectus…Collectively known as The Wives, Zoë Kravitz (X-Men: First Class) plays Toast, Riley Keough (“Magic Mike”) is Capable, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (Transformers: Dark of the Moon) is Splendid. They are joined by supermodel Abbey Lee Kershaw as The Dag and Courtney Eaton as Fragile, both of whom are making their big screen debuts. Also featured in the movie are Josh Helman as Slit, Jennifer Hagan as Miss Giddy, and singer/songwriter/performer iOTA as Coma-Doof Warrior…
The cast is rounded out by well-known Australian actors John Howard, Richard Carter, supermodel Megan Gale, Angus Sampson, Joy Smithers, Gillian Jones, Melissa Jaffer and Melita Jurisic.
Keays-Byrne played Toecutter in the first Mad Max by the way. I wonder if there’s any connection?
Miller is directing the film from a screenplay he wrote with Brendan McCarthy and Nico Lathouris. Miller also produces the film, along with longtime producing partner, Oscar® nominee Doug Mitchell (“Babe”, “Happy Feet”), and P.J. Voeten. Iain Smith, Graham Burke and Bruce Berman serve as executive producers.
There was another bit I found interesting from the press release. Fury Road is currently shooting in Africa, not Australia, and there’s a perfectly legitimate, almost unbelievable explanation as to why they had to relocate:
Shooting on Mad Max: Fury Road is taking place in Africa with the support of the Australian government. Originally slated to be shot in Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia, the production was forced to relocate due to severe flooding, rendering the Australian landscape unsuitable for the film. The rain turned the area into an oasis instead of the post-apocalyptic terrain that is the setting for Max’s world.
Perhaps marking the first time in history that production on a post-apocalyptic film has been thwarted by an improvement to the local environment.
There’s no release date yet for Fury Road, but obviously we’ll keep you in the loop and when we know you’ll know.
It’s had a history of off-and-on progress almost as long as the rewriting for Ghostbusters 3, but thankfully the Mad Max franchise has never had to deal with Bill Murray. Finally, after 27 years of hold ups, as well as various writer and cast changes, George Miller has delivered us to the “Tomorrow-morrow Land” we’ve all been waiting for.
Get those shotgun shells saved up everyone, Mad Max: Fury Road has finally started shooting!
First shots from the set have been leaked for this new film. Dark Knight Rises star Tom Hardy is taking over the role synonymous with Mel Gibson. Co-starring alongside Hardy will be fellow Prometheus star Charlize Theron. This prequel to the Mad Max franchise will reportedly have Max protecting a group of women known as the “Five Wives” when a group of wasteland baddies tries to take down their caravan.
Check out the images below.
These images not only give us a little insight to the scale of the vehicles being used, like that tough-looking, black, gas-truck rig, but also some close-ups of several actresses in the cab of a vehicle. Could these ladies be the fabled “Five Wives?” Special thanks to Newscom for the close up shots, but other than that we have little to go on. We can’t wait to see what Tom is going to look like dressed as the former Main Force Patrol officer.
Here’s a theory though – even if this is called a “prequel” in the eyes of producers and the studio, could this film be an event that bridges the gap between Mad Max and Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior or the first in a possible prequel trilogy? Maybe, but as we said only a theory. What about you guys, any ideas as to just where this will take place?
Even though the last time we heard from George Miller it didn’t sound totally positive for one new Mad Max movie, let alone the second he’s mentioned a few times, apparently he has a third planned too. I’ll admit when I first heard talk of a new chapter in the story of the wastelands, I got excited. I damn near spilled Crystal Pepsi all over my brand new discman… Seriously Mr. Miller, it has been a damn long time, just make the freakin movie already!
As it stands right now, Mad Max: Road Fury (or Fury Road according to some) might start filming early next year in Namibia and will star Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron. After which Miller wants to drop right into making Mad Max: Furiosa. His wild Australian ambition doesn’t stop there, as he recently told the Financial Times.
“We started with [Fury Road], but we then started to do a second story and a third. We’ve written the script for the second and almost finished the third. We never intended to, they were part of the exploration of the characters.”
But wait, he has more? Miller also wants to bring the world of the Road Warrior to the realm of video games, with the recently reformed (and now Miller owned) Team Bondi, better known as those angels that gifted the world with LA Noire. I support this mad man 100%. I am also keeping myself prepared for bitter disappointment, since Fury Road/Road Fury still has had its share of problems. Delays due to locations being rained out and wastelands being replaced with lush foliage, damn you mother nature.
“We were out at Broken Hill with a huge number of massive vehicles – they were built and parked for almost a year there. Some of them are back here, in secret locations not far from here. A full Australian crew picks up and goes there to shoot the desert scenes, and comes back here to do other scenes, then all the post-production and digital work is done here.”
Here’s something very positive. Producer Doug Mitchell calls the budget of Fury Road ‘massive.’
If it’s above $100 million it’s a big budget. This is a bigger budget. People have speculated around $200 million [which] I’d neither deny nor confirm. It’s a massive film.
So, a ‘massive’ film, whatever, and its still rolling. Ok, I am game to have high hopes on this. If done right, everything will be forgiven for George making Babe and Happy Feet movies when he should have been working on this. I wonder if he plans to follow the pattern of the first trilogy. Make a really good movie, followed by one of the greatest of all time, followed by… ugh. Sorry, I know its been years but I still can’t get beyond Thunderdome.
Think the 3 new movies will happen? Two? Even just one? How about the video game? Personally, I wonder what else Miller might try to add to the franchise. I have this half done treatment for “The Young Lord Humungus Chronicles” that just might work on cable TV…
Source: Slash Film
Back in 1979, possibly one of the greatest Australian ever came in form of the film Mad Max. Followed by Road Warrior and (the disapointing) Beyond Thunderdome, Director George Miller entrenched himself as the go-to guy for high octane post-apocalyptic cinematic mayhem. How do you follow that? By making movies about talking animals apparently. Damn it.
Well, the good news is Miller has always wanted to continue his tales from the Wasteland, the bad news is whenever he starts, something else stops it.
While on stumping for a movie he made about dancing penguins (Happy Feet 2), Miller told Coming Soon the plan is to ‘theoretically’ start production on a new Mad Max movie next year.
“Theoretically, it’s next year,” Miller said of Fury Road, which plans to place Tom Hardy in the role originated by Mel Gibson. “We have 150 big vehicles built and so on.”
“[W]e were all geared up for that,” Miller recalled. “We were all set to shoot in the Australian desert and then unprecedented rain came and what was the wasteland — completely flat, red earth — is now a flower garden. The big massive salt flats in the center of Australia where they do record speed trials and stuff is now full of pelicans and fish… We sort of lost the wasteland.”
Though the hope is to move forward in 2012, Miller was quick to point out that it’s impossible to know when a movie is going to happen until the camera is actually rolling.
“You know, John Lennon said, ‘Life is what happens when you’re making other plans’”, Miller smiled. “Films keep on coming out of my head and I never know what film I’m going to make next. Common and I were going to work on a ‘Justice League’ movie together. He was cast as Green Lantern and it was almost greenlit when it fell away. I fell in love with the guy and I called him up and said, ‘You can’t play the Green Lantern, but how about playing a penguin?’”
Mad Max: Fury Road and Mad Max: Furiosa, two new back-to-back post-apocalyptic scripts Miller wants to film, have the attached interests of Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron. Personally, I think one has a snowball in hells chance of being made, let alone two. I also really want them to be made, oh the complex human emotions.
Source: Coming Soon