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New Mad Max First In A Trilogy?
George Miller has big plans

30 November 2011  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Australian Financial Review (via Collider)

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New Mad Max First In A Trilogy?

It's been a tough enough job getting the first one underway, but it now looks as if Mad Max: Fury Road is only the first film in a planned new trilogy in the post-apocalyptic road-rage franchise.

The big reveal comes at the end of a long and detailed interview with George Miller in the Australian Financial Review, mostly dedicated to the state of the Australian film industry, and Miller's uphill battles to do for it what Peter Jackson has done in New Zealand. “We started with Fury Road, but we then started to do a second story and a third,” says Miller's producing partner Doug Mitchell. “We’ve written the script for the second and almost finished the third. We never intended to; they were part of the exploration of the characters.”

Fury Road remains an Australian production, but as has been widely reported, it's had to relocate the bulk of its shoot to Namibia, after unprecedented rains turned the traditional Broken Hill desert locations into a verdant flower garden: not quite the blasted freak-filled wasteland we're used to. "The last thing we want to do is not make Mad Max here,” says Miller. “I seriously had to think about whether I wanted to disrupt my life and my family’s. It still weighs heavily. We were out at Broken Hill with a huge number of massive vehicles. They were built and parked for almost a year there."

The budget for Fury Road also seems colossal compared to its predecessors. Mitchell confirms that it's "a bigger budget": "If it’s above $100m it’s a big budget. This is a bigger budget. People have speculated around $200million, which I’d neither deny nor confirm. It’s a massive film.” The original Mad Max was shot for less than a million Austrailian dollars in 1979; Mad Max 2 for A$4m in 1982, and Beyond Thunderdome for A$12m in 1985. The record-high Australian dollar currently more-or-less has parity with the American one.

Head over to AFR for the full detailed article, which also reveals that a Fury Road video game is being developed by the former Team Bondi, the studio behind LA Noire, now absorbed into Kennedy Miller Mitchell Interactive (let's hope they can spell Mad Max correctly). Fury Road, as far as we know, still has Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz, and Adelaide Clemens attached to star. It was originally slated to shoot in September 2010, then in April this year, but will now, apparently, finally go before the cameras in April 2012. 

And the next two? "We're on a war footing," says Miller. "We're alert, resilient, and prepared for anything!"


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The Road Warrior Returns
Mad Max 2 is the only really great movie of the original trilogy, so most of that franchise hasn't been very good. And all these years later, George MIller is desperately returning without Mel Gibson to make three more movies to cash-in. I'll give it a look but its just going to rehash the first three flicks. More

Posted by BenTramer at 15:22 on 01 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE: arrrgggghhhh!
Max is very much a character in the vein of pulp characters like Conan and Tarzan. He could have a long and varied life. How many actors have played Tarzan? How many Conan stories are there? There's no need to remake Mad Max, as the setting: a lone warrior wandering a wasteland full of clans, gangs and desperadoes is ripe for endless new stories. More

Posted by badsanta at 01:16 on 01 December 2011 | Report This Post

This is probably the best idea in cinema for a long time. If Miller wasn't involved, then it would be a different story, but his enthusiasm and integrity in getting this off the ground gives me a lot of hope More

Posted by Dunder_Mifflin at 00:04 on 01 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE: arrrggghhh!
L: ronniem Why not just remake The Godfather while they're at it...and do it in 3D! this is getting seriously tired and mindnumbing to be honest...arrrggghhh! t's not a remake - it's Mad Max 4. (and 5 and 6!) More

Posted by Osric at 18:02 on 30 November 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Actually...
are they just waiting for tom hardy to go global after the dark night rises? More

Posted by Frank Castle at 14:05 on 30 November 2011 | Report This Post

Actually...
"Head over to AFR for the full detailed article, which also reveals that a Fury Road video game is being developed by Team Bondi, the studio behind LA Noire (let's hope they can spell Mad Max correctly" Team Bondi has gone into administration (largely due to the negative press attracted by boss Brendan McNamara treating his staff like crap -- 110 hour weeks and the like) and so is unlikely to be the banner under which said game will be made. If you guys want to play at being rea More

Posted by artilleryman at 12:37 on 30 November 2011 | Report This Post

Oh George, stop teasing me and just make the damn film! More

Posted by Leeorami 2.0 at 11:08 on 30 November 2011 | Report This Post

arrrggghhh!
Why not just remake The Godfather while they're at it...and do it in 3D! this is getting seriously tired and mindnumbing to be honest...arrrggghhh! More

Posted by ronniem at 11:08 on 30 November 2011 | Report This Post

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