A fourth Mad Max film has wrapped production, but very little has been seen form the production before now. Lets see some cars in motion!
The Mad Max series kicked off in 1979 with a film by George Miller of the same name starring a fairly unknown Mel Gibson as Max Rockatansky, a policeman pushed to the edge by the death of his wife and child in a dystopian future. In 1982 the series returned with Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (Just known as The Road Warrior in some areas) that saw the world descend even further in to a post-apocalyptic future where gasoline is the most precious commodity and people will do anything for it. This second film set a whole new bar for insane car chases that people are still trying to live up to today.
In 1985 we got Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome which was… weak. The second half of the film was a completely new tone for the series, and not one welcomed by many. However, we did get another crazy car chase with increasingly odd vehicles. The trademark of the series had definitely been set, but alas, that was the last film for some time.
Rumors spread for years of Mad Max: Fury Road, a fourth installment in the series. As time wore on, Gibson lost interest in returning to the series, and there were constantly rumors that the movie would happen, then it wouldn’t, that it would be animated, that two films would eb shot back-to-back and on and on.
Finally, after numerous delays, the film began production in July 2012 in Namibia with Tom Hardy (Bane in The Dark Knight Rises) as Max, and Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa, commander of the War Rig.
Apparently the movie went over budget and an executive from Warner Brothers had to fly out to the set to get things in order. Gibson apparently decided to return at some point and will have a cameo as “Drifter,” which doesn’t thrill me as he’s become a shell of the actor he once was, but at least we’re getting a new film in the series after 28 years.
The video in this post is the first footage we’ve seen of the new cars, and while not official, it at least tells us the crazy car factor of the series hasn’t gotten softer with age.
“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(R) winner Charlize Theron (“Monster”, “Prometheus”) as Imperator Furiosa.
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.”
[ Via Bleeding Cool ]