The latest Mad Max news could be good or bad, depending on how attached you are to the Mel Gibson films. If we can go by the trailers though, the new films starring Tom Hardy appear to be a very different story though they may remain faithful to the original franchise in some aspects.
One thing the original Mad Max films didn’t do was promise four movies, which is what Hardy claims to have signed on for, if the sales figures allow it. From what the star has told the press, Mad Max: Fury Road and successive films seem to be keeping true to the practical effects that we loved from the Mel Gibson days.
“Luckily nobody died. We were in the middle of nowhere, so far away from the studio system that [Warner Bros] can’t really see what’s going on, and just getting things to and from the set was a nightmare. We’d lose half a vehicle in sand and have to dig it out. It was just this unit in the middle of x-million square [kilometers] of desert, and then this group of lunatics in leathers, like a really weird S&M party, or a Hell’s Angels convention. It was like Cirque du Soleil meets f**king Slipknot.”
At least the latest Mad Max: Fury Road news points to a level of realism that actually threatens production. They’re going for a level of realism so believable that they literally shot footage on the edge of the Namib Desert in Namibia in 2012.
With Tom Hardy signed on for three more movies, the studio is hoping for a great turn-out for the first one to justify the others. Currently, Time Magazine says director George Miller is at least working on the next two.
“In order to tell this story, we came up with two others. We’ve written the screenplay of one and the novelization of another, but it’s a very rough novel.”
This Mad Max news shows that the upcoming series will be a labor of love, and that’s a good sign that fans of the original won’t immediately hate it like so many fans usually do. Aside from the remake of Dredd, fans have shown that they don’t want their favorite franchises remade.
The Mad Max story appears to be about Max (Tom Hardy) and Furiosa (Charlize Theron) racing across the desert to escape an evil warlord. It isn’t yet clear if this is part of a reboot or if it happens after Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.
The Mad Max release date is set for May 15, and looks to be taking on the latest Avengers at the box office.
What do you think of this latest Mad Max news?
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