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New Mad Max Movie in The Works

The fourth film in this apocalyptic series is already in pre-production and is scheduled to be released in 2011.

Okay, here are the basic facts, according to The Daily Telegraph and other online sources:

  • Director George Miller will be returning for this fourth film, which should make a lot of fans of the original three movies quite happy. Miller started the whole series of Mad Max films, after all, so he’s likely the best person to take the story in another direction.
  • Mel Gibson is not likely to make an appearance. Mel is a bit older now, he’s busy doing his own thing (mainly directing) and his public reputation isn’t quite what it used to be. So, don’t expect to see Mel. But if he should show up, it’ll probably be in a cameo appearance and not as the Max character.
  • The working title for the film is Mad Max 4: Fury Road. That could change. You know how Hollywood can be with movie titles. But if the titles stays, it’s pretty cool.
  • Who will play Max? That’s not set in stone yet, though there have been some rumors. The Internet Movie Database lists Tom Hardy as a possible star for the film, but Australian Sam Worthington is rumored to have the part of the main character.
  • Who else will appear in the film? Charlize Theron is also rumored to be appearing in the movie as a co-star. Can we say “love interest?”
  • The film is to be entirely filmed in Australia, which makes sense because that’s where the plots have always taken place and all of the first three movies were shot there. More specifically, the film is to be shot in Sydney and in the Outback.
  • Will the movie be animated? What? Where did that come from? Actually, the director had been considering doing the next movie as animated, but has now decided upon a live-action film.
  • For those not familiar with the series, here are the original three films: Mad Max (1979), Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981), and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985).
  • Where do things stand right now? As of late December 2009, the film is still in pre-production, which means it’s still possible anything could happen. The movie could possibly still not be made. The stars could change. An animated movie might pop back up. Anything. But don’t let that get you down. At least they’re working on the movie. It’s scheduled to be out in 2011. I hope it is.
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  1. Posted December 22, 2009 at 10:50 am

    I am anxious to see how this will turn out.

  2. Posted December 22, 2009 at 10:58 am

    Great …

  3. Posted December 22, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    I am still sad and reminisce for another movie that could have been … it had been rumored that before the 2001 release of the Tim Burton film remake “Planet of the Apes” that at one point, they had actor Arnold Schwarzenegger ‘interested’ in a lead role. Basically, he okayed ‘your people to talk to my people’ but the actual signing deal didn’t happen.

    -What would it have been? Would Arnold have been General Attar, the large malevolent warrior gorilla, a role played by Michael Clarke Duncan (you best remember him as the enormousness black man prisoner “John Coffey” in the movie “The Green Mile.”) Or, was Arnold going to play a more ‘visible’ (not behind ape makeup) role? A stranded astronaut perhaps??

    A possibility was that after having sent several spaceships to whatever world and never hearing anything back, NASA sends one of their Houston specialists to go, to figure out if it was something technical that was preventing these ships from returning… and of course owing to Arnold’s enormous size and bulk (and film genre of the 90s) you just KNEW that there’d be some major ape asses gonna get kicked Ah-nold style! But Alas, -Arnold did not do the part in the 2001 film after all…

  4. Posted December 25, 2009 at 10:08 am

    No,Mel? That’s quite disappointing! I mean I love the series and Mel is one of mt fav. actors. But he is not too old to be Max. Come on- have you seen Liam Neeson in Taken? He rocked! Mel just needs to shape up, keep his mouth shut and he will be good to go.
    That being said, since we are recasting, I’d love to see Gerard Butler as Max. He has proven many times he can pull off any genre and any role. He is 40 and in pretty good shape. And people love seeing in action: 300, Law Abiding Citizen, Gamer anyone??

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