2015 was a great year for movies. There were so many great films, even the most discerning and self-assured of movie connoisseurs should have a hard time picking the best. However, one movie that should undoubtedly be near the very top of that list is Mad Max: Fury Road, starring Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy. Marking George Miller‘s return to the post-apocalyptic landscape that made him famous, Fury Road was also Miller’s first action film in the 30 years since Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. The film is beautiful, tight, unrelenting, emotional, and completely honors and respects its female characters in a movie where women are owned as breeders, while a majority of movies can’t even manage to pass the ankle-level bar of the Bechdel test. As such, Fury Road appropriately War Rig smashed the box office and flame thrower guitared all over critic’s reviews. The buzz for a sequel could not be louder, which makes it all the more devastating to hear that George Miller has absolutely no intention of ever directing another Mad Max movie. Ever.
Warning – Minor spoilers for Pitch Perfect 2 and Mad Max: Fury Road are ahead. Nothing Earth shattering but hey, you have been warned.
This weekend, two new movies hit theaters across America and managed to kick the box office juggernaut Avengers: Age of Ultron down from its throne, landing the newest Marvel adventure in third place for the weekend box office. The backdrop of the new releases, Mad Max: Fury Road and Pitch Perfect 2, couldn’t be more different. Mad Max: Fury Road is a return to a dystopian world first introduced to audiences back in 1979, with original Mad Max director George Miller back behind the wheel. The movie is dark and action packed from beginning to end and presents a world lacking water, oil, and civility. Its main protagonists are an almost nameless man (Max, played by Tom Hardy) searching for redemption and a woman named Furiosa (played by Charlize Theron), who is searching for the same. Pitch Perfect 2, on the other hand, is a bright, cheerful movie about a group of college girls who are seeking redemption in a completely different way, in a completely different world. While in Fury Road, the good guys are battling mad men with weapons and vehicles that seem to have been literally transported back from a future that we all hope will never come, the girls of Pitch Perfect 2 were singing their way back to former glory while their main antagonists, a German a Capella group, happen to be able to make some great sounds with their mouths. The differences between the movies matter but what matters more here is the one thing they both have in common: Girl Power, in spades. (more…)
Well, WonderCon has come and gone and if you were in attendance, you are no doubt feeling it today! With so much to see and do, it is impossible to see everything that the floor has to offer, even for us! We have gathered some of the best things to come out of WonderCon this year (that we saw)! (more…)
It may still be almost a year away, but if you’re like me then every little look at the upcoming Mad Max: Fury Road is a precious treasure. The folks in marketing have been feeding us at a steady rate thus far and with the arrival of San Diego Comic Con it was only natural that they would offer a little more. Scroll on to see the official Fury Road Comic Con poster as well as some pictures. (more…)
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…)
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…)
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.
Recently, while doing press for Prometheus in London, actress Charlize Theron talked about trading up from one rarefied sci-fi franchised managed by a legendary director for another. Yes friends, it seems that Theron is next doing the long in the works Mad Max: Fury Road (if that’s what it’s still called) with director George Miller and star Tom Hardy.
Surprisingly, Theron talked about a number of details of the forthcoming production. Here are some of the pertinent details:
So when does filming begin? Exactly.
I leave in like two and a half weeks and we start shooting I think around mid-July in Namibia. I’m fucking dying, too, it’s been three years. It’s time to skin this cat already, so yeah, I’m very excited about it.
Considering how long this has been in production, are we still talking about the same script everybody knows and loves?
Yes, exactly the same script. I know. It was more logistics. It was the fact that he had to finish “Happy Feet.” Then there was terrible floods in Australia, and the desert just never recovered from it. That sounds horrible. It did recover in a beautiful way, but not in a way that we needed it to, so that was a huge problem for us.
What is Charlize looking forward to about this film?
I think that just like this that’s an interesting world. I feel that I have a real interest in this world, and I think people will have an interest in this world because “Alien” kinda set that up for us. I feel like the original “Mad Max” created such a vivid world, that to go back and re-imagine it and kind of replay in that sandbox sounds like fun to me. George really created a female character that I’ve never read anything like this. I mean, I’m scared shitless, yeah.
Does that including something the actress has never done before?
No, it’s a really challenging piece of material. I think for me originally when they were like, “Oh, ‘Mad Max.’” I was like, “Uh, I’m not going to play the fucking girl for ‘Mad Max.’” Then I read it and I was like, “Oh, ‘Mad Max.’ I feel sorry for you.” (Laughs) That rarely happens. It’s just really, it’s two great characters. It’s not the original “Mad Max.” It’s the revamped “Mad Max.” It’s Tom Hardy, who’s incredible. So, the whole thing is just exciting, very, very exciting.
Now for a really important question, is Miller going for PG-13, or the hard R?
I can’t say. I mean, ultimately it’s going to be up to George Miller, but it feels like…
Oh, and will there be violence?
Yeah, yeah, there’s some bad-ass violence in it. I mean, if we do what the script is, I don’t know how you can do, but then I feel like PG-13 is pushing a little bit, too, which is good. It feels like—I don’t know. I remember being like, young watching “Alien” and loving it.
Sounds good. I never thought I’d live to see the day we’d get a Ridley Scott directed Alien prequel, a Blade Runner sequel, and another Mad Max installment all in one go, but here we are…
More Mad Max news will be posted when we hear it.
Mad Max 4: Fury Road has been in virtual-production almost since the time of the dinosaurs. Director George Miller has personally been pursuing the project for 10 years and the franchise itself has been dead for more than 25. Finally, there has been some progress in the matter, with the first of what is supposed to be a trilogy planned to begin shooting soon.
Many people may be saying to themselves “Yeah, I’ve heard this before” and, truth be told, they’ve been starting and stopping on this thing for a few years now. But a recent announcement concerning the addition of Australian super-model Abbey Lee Kershaw to the cast might be a good omen.
According to sources, Kershaw is to take on a role previously filled by Teresa Palmer, who dropped out due to the constant delays. Her character in the film is apparently a sexy lady in a cage (a welcome addition to any film) who is part of a caravan of sexy lady wives who get chased around by the bad guys. If the film actually begins shooting, this will be Kershaw’s first big-screen appearance.
Other casting choices already in place consist of Tom Hardy replacing Mel Gibson as Max (thank God) and Charlize Theron playing the role of a bad-ass one-armed warrior woman.
Shooting is set to begin inNamibiathis summer (knock on wood).
Thanks to them what be over at blastr for helping us spread the news.
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