Mad Max Fury Road roundup: Two movies? Weta FX? Production delays?

The world of MAD MAX -- a post-apocalyptic future so nice, filmmaker George Miller wants to revisit it twice!

The sequel/reboot thing MAD MAX: FURY ROAD has been motoring through recent info scraps -- first the previously announced Teresa Palmer denies involvement, feeding speculation that the project may have plowed into a wall. But then the new Max, Tom Hardy, comes out and verifies that things are still barreling down the highway: "It's a nice re-take on the entire world using the same character, depositing him in the same world, but bringing him up to date by 30 years."

Hardy also claimed he'd be working on it for a year -- and Twitch says it's because Miller is making back-to-back movies called MAD MAX: FURY ROAD and MAD MAX: FURIOSA.

And now FX masters WETA have officially announced they will be joining Miller in the wasteland (although they only seem to mention a single movie): "We're thrilled to announce our involvement with Mad Max: Fury Road, a long-awaited continuation of the Mad Max suite, the last installment of which, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, premiered 25 years ago. As with previous Mad Max movies, George Miller is the director and Weta is very excited to be working with George on conceptual design, Specialty Make-Up FX, Costume and Dummies. The movie is currently scheduled for a 2012 release."

Meanwhile, the Down Under news site The Australian is pouring sand in the gas tank, stating that the production has been postponed until next February with the following claim: "Cast, crew, agents and film service companies are awaiting official confirmation this week. The reason for the postponement is unknown, although recent internet reports indicate that director George Miller is overseeing the shooting of not one but two Mad Max films from the same production. It is believed this development has caused some screenwriting and casting problems."

We'll see what shakes out, but it seems like we'll be getting an extra shot of Mel-free Rockatansky, even if we have to wait a bit longer.

Extra Tidbit: THE ROAD WARRIOR was the first R-rated movie I saw in a theater. Hoping this thing somehow comes together into something special. Mel or not.
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