For a movie that took more than two decades to come to fruition and reignited a classic franchise in the process, Mad Max: Fury Road has certainly been wowing critics and moviegoers alike. With honorable mentions on numerous end of year lists and a hint of awards glory headed its way, the film was lauded as one of the best films of 2015. Mad Max: Fury Road was one of the most visceral, thrilling experiences in recent memory, and people are baying for more of the same. Well, that could happen sooner rather than later — there is a possibility of the movie making a return to cinemas, in its originally intended black and white format.
For films like Fury Road, the cinema is its most comfortable home; the film was made to be seen on the big screen, a canvas that can truly showcase the talent, dedication and creative effort that went into making the staggering blockbuster. The original cinematic run ended after the summer, and it has continued its popularity on Blu-ray and DVD, but according to Screen Daily there’s a high possibility that we’ll be seeing Mad Max: Fury Road in cinemas again, and soon.
The report confirms the following details.
“In 2016, there might also be a black-and-white version of the film, which Miller confirms was his original intent. A greyscale and silent version was leaked online in September, although it has since been removed. [Producer Doug Mitchell] says that an official version exists and could yet receive a theatrical release.”
A re-release of the movie, in any format, will no doubt give the film a push coming into the awards season. The film has already been recognized by many institutions, and has won a slew of accolades, the most recent being the Nation Board of Review’s best film of 2015. With the big guns lining up movies for contention, Mad Max: Fury Road looks to be a prime contender for several awards, mostly in the technical and directing categories. The Golden Globe panel has the film listed in the best picture and best director categories, and there are even whispers of a best picture nomination at the Academy Awards — both revealed by Cinema Blend. Regardless of the nominations, and the fact the film is based in a genre unfamiliar to awards success, it will be interesting to see the eventual results come awards time.
The other key question is this: How would Fury Road look in black and white? Would it make the film better or worse? One of the most visually stunning films of the year, Fury Road utilized a very distinct series of colors, shades that brought the post-apocalyptic world alive in wonderful, eye-popping glory. The change to black and white could dampen this impact somewhat. On the other hand, it could provide a stark, foreboding contrast to the original version, and the muted color could bring alive the apocalypse in a whole new light…or darkness as the case may be. It could also highlight the characters in a radically different way, as well as the superb acting provided by the likes of Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, an aspect of the movie that was sometimes buried beneath the outrageous special effects and real-life, physical stunts on display. Either way, it should provide an interesting take on George Miller’s original vision.
Mad Max: Fury Road premièred at Cannes, and was met with critical acclaim. The film went on to gross $375 million worldwide, shattering the combined lifetime grosses of the previous three films combined. Two sequels are currently in development, so we haven’t seen the last of Max yet, not by a long shot.
Can’t wait for the film to return to cinemas? Mad Max: Fury Road is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.
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