A new overseer has been assigned to the Namibia-based filming location of director George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road. Concerns about the film falling behind schedule and beginning to go over budget (not to mention the cost of flying executives to and from Africa) have necessitated the placement of Warner Bros. producer, Denise Di Novi on location. While she won’t have producer credits on the film, Di Novi will be responsible for supervising the production as a “studio representative.” The film, which started shooting in July, is reportedly still expected to wrap by the end of November.
Mad Max: Fury Road starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Nicholas Hoult and Zoe Kravitz, is due out next year. Hit the jump for more.
Filming on Mad Max: Fury Road has already been subject to delays. The six-month $100 million shoot was meant to kick off August 2010 with stars Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron in New South Wales, before the start date was revised to February of next year. The production has been pushed back again, this time a full year to February 2012.
Even worse, The Australian [via /Film] reports that “the high Australian dollar could ultimately kill the film as its budget grows.” The first delay was for meteorological reasons, but the report doesn’t specify the nature of this postponement. Is an ever-bloating budget to blame? Hit the jump for a brief recap of what we know about the Mad Max reboot.
Riley Keough (The Runaways) is apparently close to landing a role in director George Miller’s fourth Mad Max installment, Mad Max: Fury Road. If cast, the young actress would join Tom Hardy (Inception), Charlize Theron, and Nicholas Hoult (Clash of the Titans) in the film. According to Heat Vision, Keough would play “one of the ‘Five Wives,’ a group of women that Hardy must protect from the bad guys.” Sounds pretty self-explanatory if you ask me…
In case you’re lacking your daily Riley Keough “fun fact,” here’s one for you: she is the daughter of Lisa Marie Presley and musician/actor Danny Keough. If my math is correct, that makes her the granddaughter of “The King” Elvis Presley. For more info on the film and to see what other rock and roll ties exist within the cast, hit the jump.
Warner Bros. and IMAX have been working together since 2003. Today, they’ve announced their partnership with continue for a long time, as they’ve signed a new deal that calls for up to 20 WB films to be released in the IMAX format from now till 2013. While that would be news on any day of the week, the press release drops a few geek bombshells like:
“Warner Bros. and IMAX also plan to release an additional 15 films over the course of 2011, 2012 and 2013, including Gravity, Dark Shadows, Fury Road, Batman 3, and Superman.”
The press release also has a new release date for The Hobbit (December 2012). With MGM’s sale still not done, the new release date makes a lot of sense. Hit the jump for more:
update - WB has announced the first Hobbit movie is scheduled for Dec 2012 and the second is Dec 2013. We have updated our story with this new info.
Heat Vision Blog reports that Nicholas Hoult is set to join Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron in George Miller’s Fury Road, the fourth film in the Mad Max series. For those that don’t recognize the name, he was the chubby picked-on kid in About a Boy who made you say “Holy shit!” when you realized he was the hot gay student in A Single Man. Would that every fat, dorky-looking kid grow up to be an Adonis, but sadly, that is not the way of the world.
Now that I’m done with my man-crush, let’s get back to Fury Road. Not much is known about the film. It’s set a short while after the events of Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome but it’s Tom Hardy replacing Mel Gibson in the role of ‘Mad’ Max Rockatansky. Beyond that, the plot and characters are tightly under wraps. All we know about Hoult’s character is that he’s named “Nux”.
Also joining the cast are Zoe Kravitz (The Brave One) as “Five Wives”, and Teresa Palmer (Bedtime Stories) and Adelaide Clemens as part of a convoy being chased by baddies. Filming is set to begin this summer in Australia.
Director George Miller is moving ahead with the fourth installment in the Mad Max franchise, Fury Road. They’ve got they’re lead actors with Tom Hardy (Bronson) taking over the role of ‘Mad’ Max Rockatansky from “Mad” Mel Gibson; Charlize Theron is also attached to co-star. Filming began last October and they’re reportedly going to shoot for 30 weeks and may cost $100 million. To put that in perspective, a mid-size film takes about four to six weeks. This extended shoot may lend credence to at least one of the rumors about the film that surfaced today [via /Film].
Translating this page with the help of technology, Tout Le Cine says that the film will blend live action with animation. I can see how setting up shots to make sure the two blend together could require more time. Then again, it’s difficult for me to comprehend what director needs 30 weeks of filming for just one movie. On a separate note, /Film reports that sources have told them the film will be in 3D as a result of “The Avatar Effect”. I find this one more difficult to accept since filming has already been going on for over two months now and it seems a little late in the game to have Avatar re-define Miller’s film, especially if Miller didn’t have 3D in mind in the first place. It’s possible he could create the effect in post, but that would sadly seem like bandwagon-hopping. Then again, that’s The Avatar Effect: 3D makes everything “better” even though James Cameron always intended his film to be in 3D, rather than making that decision in post-production.
Fury Road is set to hit theaters some time in 2011.