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

07.06.2010
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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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3:40PM on 07/07/2010
A lot of talk about Tom Hardy being a badass in Inception is starting circulate. I am positive that Inception will prove that Tom Hardy is more than capable of pulling off Mad Max.
A lot of talk about Tom Hardy being a badass in Inception is starting circulate. I am positive that Inception will prove that Tom Hardy is more than capable of pulling off Mad Max.
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1:36PM on 07/07/2010
after Mel's latest racist rant at his mistress I'd say he's best suited to play a grown up version of the Feral Boy with the boomerang.
after Mel's latest racist rant at his mistress I'd say he's best suited to play a grown up version of the Feral Boy with the boomerang.
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3:31AM on 07/07/2010

Wish it was Mel

Mel was a fool to turn this down. Then again, he was a fool to hook up with Octomom, etc....
Mel was a fool to turn this down. Then again, he was a fool to hook up with Octomom, etc....
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11:59PM on 07/06/2010

i say let mel do...

a had over type of movie, the old bastard is still tough as a coffin nail, he could do it.
a had over type of movie, the old bastard is still tough as a coffin nail, he could do it.
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10:49PM on 07/06/2010
I don't mind Tom Hardy, but after seeing Edge of Darkness I still think Mel would do a great job as Max.
I don't mind Tom Hardy, but after seeing Edge of Darkness I still think Mel would do a great job as Max.
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10:23PM on 07/06/2010
I have high hopes for this/these. Tom Hardy can do no wrong.
I have high hopes for this/these. Tom Hardy can do no wrong.
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10:21PM on 07/06/2010

"I was a driver, a cop....."

C'mon people, let's get this V8 Interceptor in gear and get to filming these movies.
C'mon people, let's get this V8 Interceptor in gear and get to filming these movies.
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