Mad Max: Fury Road moves forward
After a long delay, the next film in the classic franchise is moving forward.
As you may recall, the new Mad Max film has been in the pipeline for quite a long time. Originally sceduled to begin filming in 2010, and release in late 2011, the movie seemed to run into no end of issues, with an ironic weather problem taking center stage.
Indeed, the studio had chosen the dusty wastes outside of a small Australian town known as Broken Hills in New South Wales. It looked the perfect part for a dystopian wasteland when Miller scouted it out, but on the day shooting was scheduled to begin, it started to rain, and when the rains slacked off, the landscape was greener than it had been in decades, ruining the look that Miller was going for. They waited for the land to dry up again, but 18 months later it was still green, and so about a year ago, they started looking for new locations.
Early this year, they found one in South Africa, and filming began this summer. Now the studio has announced that principal photography is finished. Director George Miller offered up a brief, unofficial synopsis in the press release:
"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."
The film has a great number of neat new post-apocalyptic vehicles and hard-nosed survivors. I expect the effects to be grander than in the original trilogy, but the film will likely be thematically much more shallow, even if the performances are stellar.
Mad Max: Fury Road stars Tom Hardy in the role of Max alongside Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa. The film is intended to be the first of a new trilogy which continues the original story.
No release date has yet been announced, but I would expect the studio to attempt to squeeze it in sometime in the first half of the 2013 summer blockbuster season. We'll likely see our first teaser in the late winter or early spring.