George Miller Provides Update on MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, Says Filming Set to Begin January 2012

     March 3, 2011


Director George Miller’s highly anticipated next installment in his Mad Max franchise, Mad Max: Fury Road, has had quite a rocky development. Originally, the $100 million flick was to start shooting last August for 9 months, with Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron ready to topline the flick. Massive pre-production got underway and Miller began building sets and cars for the film. Then, suddenly, production was pushed back an entire year because torrential rains were flooding the are in Australia where the crew was set to flim. Now, Miller has provided an update to The Daily Telegraph (via The Playlist) on when production on the Warner Bros. film will resume:

“We will restart pre-production later this year and begin early next year—weather permitting. We’ve built the vehicles. We’ve designed the movie. The principal cast is locked in. The film is funded. It’s all ready to go. We just wait.”

For more on the film, included what cast is locked in and why Theresa Palmer may no longer be involved, hit the jump.

Tom-Hardy-image (6)It sure sounds like all that hard work last year ultimately won’t be in vein. Alongside Hardy and Theron, the film is also said to star Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: First Class) and Riley Keough (The Runaways). Theresa Palmer (I Am Number Four) was also in negotiations to join the cast last year, but The Playlist reports that when they talked to the actress, she said she’s no longer involved.

No telling if all of the aforementioned actors are “locked” as Miller stated, but it’s probably safe to say that Hardy and Theron are definitely signed. When Steve talked to Miller last year about the project, he described it thusly:

“It’s a relaunch and revisit to the world. An entire restructuring.  That’s not to say that it’s not picking up or leaving off from the Mad Max you know already, but it’s a nice re-take on the entire world using the same character, depositing him in the same world but bringing him up to date by 30 years.”

The original Mad Max in 1978 starred Mel Gibson as the titular Max and was set in a dystopian future. Miller has been working furiously (wordplay!) on this sequel for years and I really hope everything comes together. The sheer magnitude of the project is impressive, and the fact that Miller is willing to wait an entire year just so he can shoot on an actual location makes it all the more appealing.

Talking about the effect of the weather, it actually turned out to be a good thing that filming was pushed back:

“All the contracts are signed. It’s a locked-in film. It has been for 18 months now. Ironically, had we been shooting in Broken Hill in January and February—when we were meant to—we would have been flooded out.”

Miller is currently busy working on Happy Feet 2, which hits theaters November 18th of this year. Once finished with post-production on that, he’ll be able to move back to Fury Road.

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