Mad Max: Fury Road is a project that has been many years in the making. It will serve as the fourth installment in the series and is not a reboot. The film is being directed and co-written by George Miller, creator of the Mad Max series.
The intent to add a fourth installment to the Mad Max franchise reportedly dates back to the ’90s. But the film didn’t get off the ground until the early 2000s. In 2003, Mad Max: Fury Road was green lit for a budget of up to $100 Million and entered preproduction. However, the film was reportedly identified as potentially politically insensitive in light of going into production so close to 9/11. Fury Road was then put on hold indefinitely. Several years later, the possibility of an animated 3D version of the film was announced. But that idea was ultimately abandoned, as well. 2009 brought news that a live action 3D version of Mad Max: Fury Road was on the way. After more false starts and speculation as to whether or not Mel Gibson would appear in the film, it was announced that Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron would be playing the lead characters. After even more delays, Mad Max: Fury Road finally began principal photography in Namibia. It is currently slated for a May, 2015 release.
I am very pleased that George Miller opted to go with a continuation of the story rather than a remake. There’s still plenty of mileage left in the idea behind the series and the script is rumored to be very good. The reports I’ve seen from an early test screening have been mixed. But there are reportedly still reshoots that must take place and more editing to complete before the film is actually finished.
I’m looking forward to this one but not holding my breath for a May, 2015 release as Mad Max: Fury Road‘s journey to the big screen has been such a tumultuous one.
Director(s): George Miller
Writer(s): George Miller,
Stars: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz
Release: May 15, 2015
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Sub-Genre: Sci-Fi, Action