Writer/Director George Miller Talks MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, Returning to the Post-Apocalyptic World, Thousands of Storyboards, and More at Comic-Con

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From director George Miller, originator of the post-apocalyptic genre and mastermind behind the legendary Mad Max franchise, Mad Max: Fury Road tells the story of a man haunted by his turbulent past, who believes the best way to survive is to wander alone.  When Road Warrior Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy) becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by the elite Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron), they are pursued in a high-octane Road War.  For more on the film, watch the trailer.

While at Comic-Con for a presentation in Hall H, filmmaker George Miller spoke to press at a conference, in which he talked about what makes this version of the Mad Max character different, coming back to this world after so many years, how his view of a post-apocalyptic world has changed, what made him decide to take such a visual approach and do thousands of storyboards, why he brought back an actor from the first film (even though he’s not playing the same character), that this story came to him over 12 years ago, how he’s fully developed two other stories in the time since, whether he considered having Mel Gibson return in the role, and what he could do with the cameras now, that he couldn’t do when he made the previous films.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Images Show Tom Hardy Giving Nicholas Hoult a Boost

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I was quite bummed I never made it into Hall H for one of the big winners of San Diego Comic-Con 2014, Mad Max: Fury Road, but luckily, ever since SDCC, Warner Bros. has been making more and more material public.  We’ve got a full recap of the Mad Max Comic-Con panel right here, but if you’d like to check out bits of the film for yourself, not only do we have those character posters and the new trailer, but now we’ve got a few new photos as well.

Hit the jump to catch those Mad Max: Fury Road images, which include a behind-the-scenes shot of Tom Hardy with director George Miller as well as two stills from the film featuring Hardy and Nicholas HoultMad Max: Fury Road is due in theaters on May 15, 2015 and also stars Charlize Theron, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Nathan Jones.

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Trailer – Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron Bring the Madness, Plus a More Detailed Plot Synopsis and Character Description

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Warner Bros. has released the first Mad Max: Fury Road trailer for director George Miller’s highly anticipated fourth installment in the Mad Max franchise.  The post-apocalyptic actioner sees Tom Hardy filling the role of Max, a man seeking peace following the loss of his wife and child, while Charlize Theron plays Furiosa, a woman who aims to survive by trekking across the desert back to her homeland.  You’ll have to watch this trailer a few times, not to glean any plot details but just to catch bits and pieces of the insanity on display.  It’s certainly in line with the madness of the previous films, though it remains to be seen whether or not Hardy can fill Mel Gibson’s spiked boots because he’s incapacitated for the most part of this first look.  Still, there’s lots to be excited for – car crashes, insane leather fetishes, slavers, open-desert high-speed chases, two-headed geckos, etc – especially after such a long delay.

Hit the jump to watch the Mad Max: Fury Road trailer, and click here to read our full recap of the film’s Comic-Con panel.  The film also stars Nicholas Hoult, Riley KeoughZoe Kravitz, Courtney EatonRosie Huntington-WhiteleyHugh Keays-ByrneNathan Jones, and Abbey Lee Kershaw.  Mad Max: Fury Road opens on May 15, 2015.

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Comic-Con Panel Recap: “Comic-Con Belongs to the Mad”; First Footage Unveiled

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The Mad Max: Fury Road Comic-Con panel was one of the biggest question marks of Comic-Con 2014.  It’s been decades since the last installment.  It took years for the reboot/sequel to get made.  It was a new Mad Max, but the return of the series’ director, George Miller.  And how do you bring one of the most memorable visions of the post-apocalypse into the 21st century?  These questions made me eager to get a first glimpse at the madness.  But the fourth Mad Max doesn’t look mad.  It looks fucking insane in all the best ways.

Hit the jump for the Mad Max: Fury Road Comic-Con panel recap.

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Stars Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron Cover the Latest Issue of EW; Film Follows a Single Chase for 110 Minutes

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For a film as massive as Mad Max: Fury Road, we sure know very, very little about it.  Director George Miller returned to his post-apocalyptic film series with this new entry that shot for seven months in Nambia following a number of delays due to weather issues (it was originally supposed to start production in November 2011).  After the film finally got in the can, a far-off release date of May 15, 2015 was set.  While that’s still quite a ways away, our first official look at the film has finally arrived by way of this week’s Entertainment Weekly cover.  The Mad Max: Fury Road image features stars Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron as Max Rockantasky and Imperator Furiosa, respectively; our protagonist and antagonist of the film.

In the context of the magazine issue, Miller also spoke a bit about the nature of the film, teasing it as one long chase sequence.  Hit the jump for more, and click here to check out the first collection of newly released images.

Read Leaked Script for George Miller’s JUSTICE LEAGUE; WB Reiterates Intention to Create WONDER WOMAN Movie or TV Series

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This past summer’s Man of Steel marked a big step forward for Warner Bros. with regards to its DC Comics properties.  Following Marvel’s massive success with interconnected superhero movies, WB has been trying to find a way to take a similar approach to its DC characters.  Green Lantern was a swing and a miss, and Christopher Nolan made it very clear that his Dark Knight Trilogy was a standalone set of films not set within a larger universe.  But with Man of Steel, WB finally has a hit with a rebooted DC character, and the studio is moving forward with a follow-up that brings Batman into the fold.

Obviously the endgame is a Justice League movie, but WB has been toying with that idea for years.  Director George Miller came extremely close to getting his iteration of Justice League in front of cameras in 2007, but the plug was prematurely pulled.  However, a leaked version of the script for Miller’s film has now landed online.  Hit the jump for much more.

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD to Undergo Three Weeks of Additional Shooting

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While there are plenty of exciting films opening over the next few months, one highly anticipated pic that’s already in the can is conspicuously absent.  After years of starts and stops—including a massive yearlong postponement due to torrential rains in the planned filming location—director George Miller’s long-promised Mad Max: Fury Road finally underwent principal photography in the summer of 2012.  However, in the ensuing time we have yet to see even an official image from the pic.  While some were hopeful that Miller would complete Fury Road in time to make a surprise late 2013 release, it became clear that that would not be the case.

Now we may have a bit of a reason for the delay, as Miller is poised to go back and do three weeks of additional shooting on the pic with his main cast.  Hit the jump for more.

New Image from RIDDICK Starring Vin Diesel and Behind-the-Scenes Video from MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

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We’ve got some media from two long-in-development pictures today, as follows:

  • Riddick – The third film in the Riddick franchise starring Vin Diesel from writer/director David Twohy.  This new image shows off the brooding anti-hero who someone left out in the rain.  The long-awaited film, also starring Karl Urban (Dredd 3D) and Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica), will finally land in theaters September 6th.
  • Mad Max: Fury Road – The fourth film in writer/director George Miller’s post-apocalyptic action franchise.  The latest iteration features Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) as Max Rockatansky along with Charlize Theron (Prometheus) and Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: First Class).  New video shows behind-the-scenes footage of the film’s crazy vehicles in action.

Hit the jump to check them out.

Warner Bros. Sends Set Supervisor to Namibia for MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Assistance

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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.

Official Synopsis and Character Names for MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron

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Filming on the fourth Mad Max film, Mad Max: Fury Road, has been underway for a couple months now, but Kennedy Miller Mitchell Productions have now released an announcement that principal photography has begun.  These production start announcements usually don’t mean much except they usually contain the first synopsis for the movie, and this press release is no different.  We’ll also give the release a pass since Mad Max: Fury Road looked like it might never happen since it was constantly delayed, and the production hit a serious snag when their original location was hit with flooding and turned into an oasis, which doesn’t really lend itself to a post-apocalyptic wasteland.  Shooting is now taking place in Africa.

Hit the jump for the press release, which contains the synopsis along with the names of all the major roles (and there are some great character names).  Mad Max: Fury Road stars Tom Hardy as the new Mad Max, and also stars Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Hugh Keays-Byrne, and Nathan Jones.

Updated Cast for MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Includes One-Time Wonder Woman Megan Gale

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Once cast as the Amazon warrior princess Wonder Woman in what was to be George Miller’s failed Justice League film, Megan Gale will finally get to team up with the director in Mad Max: Fury Road.  Her role is unspecified at the moment, but we do have character names for a host of other roles, including that of Hugh Keays-Byrne, who was tapped to star as the Martian Manhunter alongside Gale.  Mad Max: Fury Road features Tom Hardy in the title role along with Charlize Theron as Furiosa.  Hit the jump for more casting info.

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Set Photos [Updated with More Images]

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We’ve got some early set photos from George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road to share with you today.  From on location in Africa, they feature model/star Abbey Lee Kershaw and some suped-up vehicles that continue the signature look of the Mad Max franchise.  It’s hard to believe that it’s been 27 years since the last Mad Max movie came out, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome starring Mel Gibson. The fourth installment features new additions Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Zoe Kravitz. Hit the jump to check out the first set photos from Mad Max: Fury Road.

[Update: A few more set photos have surfaced, including one of Huntington-Whiteley, Kravtiz, and a few other cast members.  They're included after the jump.]

Charlize Theron Talks PROMETHEUS and MAD MAX; Says Filming Begins Mid-July and “There’s Some Badass Violence in It”

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In last week’s featurette for Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, Charlize Theron explained that her character, Meredith Vickers, works for the Weyland Company and is basically overseeing the mission that the team aboard Prometheus is undertaking, and she’s also a bit of a hard ass.  However, when you talk to her in person, you quickly realize that Theron has a mouth like a sailor, she’s incredibly smart, and she can talk about anything you ask her.

Yesterday in London, I got to participate in an extended group interview with Theron.  She talked about making Prometheus, how the script evolved, working with Ridley Scott and Damon Lindelof, the practical sets, the physical nature of the role, and a lot more.  In addition, she talked about her love of HBO’s Game of Thrones and if she’d be open to being a part of it.  Finally, for all you Mad Max fans, Theron says she leaves in two and a half weeks for Namibia to shoot Mad Max: Fury Road and “we start shooting I think around mid-July.”  She also says it’s “exactly the same script” they set out to make three years ago, “there’s some badass violence in it,” and it’ll be up to George Miller if they make a PG-13 or an rated R movie.  Hit the jump for the full interview.

Charlize Theron Says MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Starts Filming June 2

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Director George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road has been a long time coming.  The film was planned as a reboot of sorts for Miller’s Mad Max series that launched Mel Gibson’s career.  Pre-production began in 2009 with Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron set to star, and when filming was finally gearing up to commence in late 2010 on the ambitious, large-scale project, Miller announced that they would have to postpone production until 2012.  Torrential rains flooded the area in Australia where Miller was planning to shoot, so he decided to wait until the landscape returned to its desert-like nature.  Hit the jump for more.

New Images of Vehicles from MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

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Director George Miller is having a tough time getting Mad Max: Fury Road made. The Mad Max reboot was supposed to shoot in 2011, but weather and changing landscapes lead to a herculean delay. When the planned Australian location refused to revert back to its desert topography, Miller decided to move production to Africa. Now filming on the first entry in a planned trilogy is set to commence in April in Nambia, with Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron set as the leads, and some images of a few new vehicles have surfaced. We’ve already gotten a peek at some of what Miller has put together, but the vehicles seen here promise an adequate amount of destruction. Hit the jump to check them out.

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