Mad Max 4: Fury Road (2012)

Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron
Directed by: George Miller

U.S. Opening Date: TBA 2012



According to the Australian Daily Telegraph, preproduction is to start immediately on Mad Max 4: Fury Road. Filming will take 30 weeks in Sydney, Australia as well as the Outback NSW and will be completed by beginning June 2010.

The entire project will take two-and-a-half years to complete and the movie will most likely be released in summer of 2012.

Rumors had it that Aussie actor Sam Worthington would star in the film alongside Charlize Theron. (Worthington starred in the recent Terminator Salvation. His next two movies are James Cameron’s upcoming Avatar and next year’s Clash of the Titans remake.)

Since then it was announced that British actor Tom Hardy got the role.

Tom Hardy appeared in movies such as Guy Ritchie's RocknRolla, Layer Cake, Bronson and Sucker Punch amongst others. Genre fans will however most likely remember Hardy as Praetor Shinzon, the human clone of Jean-Luc Picard in 2002’s ill-fated Star Trek: Nemesis outing. See article below.)

George Miller who directed the previous Mad Max movies will direct Mad Max 4: Fury Road. The previous movies were Mad Max (1979), Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981) and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) – all of them filmed in Australia.

The movie is expected to generate hundreds of jobs for the local Australian movie industry.

Director Miller (also Australian) is expected to produce his Happy Feet sequel in Sydney, Australia).

Mel Gibson turned 53 this year and is probably considered to be old to return as Max although early Internet rumors had it that the sequel will be a case of Son of Mad Max – so maybe there will be a cameo appearance in there for him – who knows?


Why make a new Mad Max movie? The Road Warrior was The. Greatest. Action. Movie. Ever. It can’t be bettered, something sadly illustrated by the last movie in the franchise, namely the lame 1985 Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. We don’t need another sequel!

Well, the good news is that George Miller will direct the new movie (Miller even gave Happy Feet an edge – check out the existential scenes of Happy in zoo captivity and the dancing penguin’s Darwinian struggle for survival). If Miller can refrain from putting in any crappy Tina Turner pop songs things might work out . . . who knows?


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