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Pants Off, Everybody!! Let The Rejoicing Begin!! Mel Gibson and George Miller

Hey, everyone. "Moriarty" here with some Rumblings From The Lab.

Please, God, let this be true, but more importantly, please let it be great.

In the thirty-eight minutes since the VARIETY story landed online, I’ve gotten almost 50 e-mails about it. The trade says that Mel Gibson is going to get $25 million to return to one of his most iconic roles in a sequel that will start shooting in Australia next May.

Now, I’m excited at the idea of Mel doing it, but more than that, I’m positively dizzy at the idea that George Miller took three years to craft the script to what is currently being called FURY ROAD. I love George Miller. Plain and simple. He’s pound for pound one of my favorite filmmakers, and at $104 million, this sounds like one of the biggest things he’s ever been involved with.

Right now, there are no story details available, but rest assured... I’ve put every henchman I have on the case, and if you’re out there right now with a copy of this thing on your desk, then you know what the right thing to do is.

That's right, you should send it to Harry at P.O. Box 180011 - Austin, Tx 78718-0011! Because he is just the greatest most wonderful man I've ever known!

Despite that, I’d like you to send it to me.

Please. Give a dying man this one wish. Not that I’m dying. But if I were, I’d wish for the FURY ROAD script. And I’d wish for the finished film to be a work of apocalyptic genius. And I’d wish for it to be opening tomorrow. And I’d wish for a grazillion dollars.

But mainly I’d wish for that script...

"Moriarty" out.





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  • Dec. 10, 2002, 8 a.m. CST

    BRING IT ON!!!!!

    by KID AB

    BRING THAT BAD BOY ON!!!!!!

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 8:05 a.m. CST

    AND I WISH THOSE HOLLYWOOD FUCKS TO STAY OUT OF THE PROJECT

    by TarantinoWebsite

    i wish that all hollywood fucks stay the fuck out of the project and let Mel and George make a good movie. no shit stuff.

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 8:07 a.m. CST

    That's funny, cause I watched Mad Max Beyond Peter Pan last nigh

    by GoodReverend

    Sure, the Road Warrior is a great, classic, cult film. But part of what made it great was the fact that they made such a visceral, energetic movie on am obscenely low budget. $104 million? What the fuck are they going to do with all that? Buy more crappy leather and rusty dune buggys. There's no need for a sequel after Thunderdumb's incoherent, overblown, utter ineptitude as a film. And isn't Gibson pushing it on being an action hero anyway? After Waterworld, I have no idea what any studio is thinking sinking that sort of money into another one of these wacko films.

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 8:09 a.m. CST

    104 million dollar Mad Max sequel... the God has spoken....

    by Lordhoban

    Yeah, sounds like such a badass thing, I hope, really hope... Make it special, make it work. Don't screw this up. Seriously, we had very few decent post apocalyptic flicks to come out in recent years, we need this to work!

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 8:12 a.m. CST

    How they'll make this work

    by Julius Caeser

    Only give miller a $30 million dollar budget - $25million goes to Gibson - Miller has to pull it off on a shoestring thus making the film raw, dirty, fucking hardcore with loads of stuntmen being killed - more Road Warrior than the toss that was Mad Max 3.

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 8:12 a.m. CST

    BRING BACK TINA TURNER!

    by Gary Yogurt

    No wait, don't.

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 8:13 a.m. CST

    I don't get it, isn't Tarantino Hollywood

    by MovieView

    Why the sudden outburst against Hollywood. Tarantino lives in the Hollywood Hills for christsakes.

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 8:16 a.m. CST

    yeah tarantino in more..

    by Evolution Joe

    if u listen out there u could have a movie wich would bring a lot of cash and that u could be proud of. great news!

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 8:53 a.m. CST

    Sawed-off double-barrel blast of good news...

    by Cutter's Way

    Now don't fuck it up, George. I want to see zero computer effects. Unless Babe makes an appearance. Also, leave out that Thunderdome crap and get back on the road. The title seems promising in this regard.

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 8:54 a.m. CST

    BABE TWO

    by David Aaronson

    One thing is guaranteed-Hollywood will not be staying out of this project.The last time Miller holed up in Australia he went way over budget, blew $100 million dollars of Universal's money(they got a six million return, managed to miss the lucrative Babe Toy-xmas store tie in and got the Studio head of production fired)look for this franchise relocating Stateside!

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Say, this reminds me...

    by rev_skarekroe

    Last night I saw this video on VH1 Classics. It had this chick with this huge round orange hairdo, and she's in the Mad Max-style future. She's got half of a car tied to a horse, and she's riding it through the desert singing a weird synth-pop song. They keep showing this strange hooded monk guy and at the end she shoots a gate with an arrow and the hooded monk guy disappears (!). The whold thing was very eighties, and came off as a cross between Siouxsie Sioux, Kate Bush, and Nina Hagen. Can anyone tell me who this was? sk

  • "That'll do, brother, that'll do."

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 9:04 a.m. CST

    Please, Not Another Rehash of Thunderdome

    by Karl Childers

    That was Miller's "Spielberg-esque" take at Mad Max! The horror!

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 9:15 a.m. CST

    This is Amazing, Sorry, This is So Much More Fanboy than Two Tow

    by The Feral Kid

    Mad Max is an icon. Miller invented a universe with his Mad Max films - sort of like Lee Marvin sort of being a ghost in "Point Blank" but only in the future, and spread over three movies. And now number four? This is very very exciting. I mean, I know they had the ads in the S and M Sydney clubs for casting but this, this is real and very very possible. There could probably be a thousand Mad Max films and if helmed by Miller, they would all be gems. And Miller is no slob, in no way. And don't pick on the Babe that Miller directed, Pig in the City is dark and smart and funny and just very very much like a cartoon that would have been made ala late 70s, early 80s - in the vein of "Secret of Nyhm," "Dark Crystal," "the Black Cauldron," and a number of very mythic dark children's films from that era. "Lorenzo's Oil?" Yep, amazing and showed yet again how Miller can injest realism into drama. What if only Carpenter had of done this to Snake Plisken instead of retreading the same old material with new effects, no heart, and period-wise action (surfing and shit). But with the Mad Max films, you have revenge, unlikely hero, to messiah. "Thunderdome" is the least of the films but you really have some great moments and Max taking on the role of Captain Walker, I mean, hell. Fuck, look at my name here. This movie could be amazing. Miller hasn't had mainstream success and what I fear will happen with Indy 4 I strongly doubt will happen with this. But with Frank Darabont working on Indy, you know... This just fucking rocks. THANKS THANKS THANKS MILLER!!! This IS my Christmas.

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Christina Aquilera will play the dirrty heroine

    by Gunzilla

    Heath Ledger as the Feral Kid. Christina as the skanky girlfriend with the heart of gold slash heroine slash pop icon with a song featured prominently on the soundtrack. -www.gunzilla.net

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 10:20 a.m. CST

    skarecroe, that music video...

    by Y282

    sounds like Toyah, bit of a punk chick from england in the 80s with a lisp. VERY cute though.

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 10:24 a.m. CST

    can I put my pants back on yet? my co-workers are starting to fe

    by TV CASUALTY

    ...and it's more than a little chlly in here. The seal's going back in the hole, if you catch my drift. In all seriousness though... I love the first 2, Thunderdome is amusing, but bad. I feel terrible saying this, since I'm one of those people always saying we shouldn't judge a movie before we see it (unless it's the Hot Chick or Extreme Ops, in which case, judge away), but... I have a realy ugly feeling about this. I'm sorry, but it's unnecessary. It's silly. And it has the potential to pull a George Lucas - that is, put a black mark on the series by making a shitheap of a movie years later. I hope not obviously, but it's ahrd for me to think otherwise.

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 10:37 a.m. CST

    I always preferred Mel when he was Australian

    by AlwaysRight

    Is he going to get his accent back?

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Can't we just get beyond Thunderdome?

    by Three Quarks

    Hah hahhhhh! I crack me up. Now untie Mike.

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 10:49 a.m. CST

    If this movie doesn't have Humongous then it ain't worth seeing

    by BadAshe

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO WAAAAAIIIIIIITTTTTT

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 11:11 a.m. CST

    A grazillion dollars

    by RenoNevada2000

    Is that all you're asking for? (A slightly used Marvel Comics no-prize for the first who gets the reference...)

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 11:24 a.m. CST

    "And the Road Warrior?....He lives now, only in my memories."

    by Kirk's Toupee

    There are few classic endings to movies. Most directors want to tie everything up so that the audience feels at ease by the end of the picture. But I like an ending that leaves me guessing, wondering what the future holds for the character(s). The Road Warrior has one of the most classic endings(Carpenter's The Thing being right up there)of all time. I'm not a big fan of thunderdome or Mad Max(maybe its the bad kung fu movie overdub). As long as this movie retains the spirit of the 3 I'll be excited & happy.

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 11:29 a.m. CST

    MAX

    by alcester

    george miller now has a chance to redeem himself after THUNDERDOME insult! and please no top 40 singers in this one, get back to the wasteland and do it right.

  • I shit you not. Back to Mad Max however, the only way this thing to be any good is if Miller has zero budget and a deadline to meet. Oh and bring back the Gyro Captain and ferel kid while your at it too. Chromed steel boomerang's are cool and most definatly back in vouge!

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 12:07 p.m. CST

    Grazillion Dollors

    by DefIn1ear_

    Wasn't that on Conan O'brien last night? Oh, and bring on another 1000 Mad Max movies, they will all be good for the rest of time!!

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 12:11 p.m. CST

    MadMax4

    by Nice Marmot

    This could be promising but I'll believe it when I see it. NO KIDDY CULT WORSHIPPING MAX (to think they had a cave drawing that looked just like him! Horrible!!!), NO TINA TURNER, BRING BACK BRUCE SPENCE & PUT DANNY GLOVER IN IT (kiddin' just kiddin').

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Why have I got my pants off exactly?

    by Chilli Kramer

    It's made me one 'Chilly Kramer'. So is this gonna be in aramaic with English subtitles? After all, Max is a sort of savior... nah, he isn't really, but don't tell Mel. Mad Max: the God Warrior! or Mad Max: Beyond Jericho! would do as titles, right?

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 12:42 p.m. CST

    WARNER BROS:GIVE US A MAD MAX BOXED SET!

    by Lord Mall

    Please for chrissakes on all that is holy! I loved the Mad Max special edition DVD with the original Australian dialogue track. MGM did a great job with it. Bravo. Now Warner Bros. get into gear and give us either a complete boxed set or AT LEAST give Road Warrior and Beyond Thunder Dome the special edition treatments they deserve! Ok at the VERY least a Road Warrior special edition is highly in order!

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Toyah, yes

    by rev_skarekroe

    Thanks to all who responded. BTW, does anyone else think it's odd that in the Road Warrior universe there's a nuclear war but everything is mostly normal in "Mad Max"? And then a few years later in "The Road Warrior" people are wearing bondage gear and football pads and eating dog food? sk

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Babe: Pig In The City cost about $90+ million to produce

    by Osmosis Jones

    I *still* think that film is grossly underrated. As for a fourth Mad Max, this news is every bit as much a yawn-fest as a fifth Lethal Weapon. The 80's are OVER, Mr. Gibson.

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Get off the TTT, Puh-leese!

    by Dr.T's5KFingers

    I'm sorry, we do need more than The Twin Towers. This movie sounds great. Yes I saw the Two Towers, and yes it's great but we're talking Mad Max, so please give it a rest...

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Even though I don't really care for the Mad Max film franchise,

    by NeofromtheMatrix

    But it should be a million miles away from Beyond the Thunderdome. Ugh. That movie made me loathe the idea of a nuclear holocaust. - I know Kung Fu.

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 1:28 p.m. CST

    what could go wrong...

    by zer0cool2k2

    A recast rehash of Road Warrior: glover cast in the role of group leader who is wary of, but still needs gibson's Max. Joe Pesci in arole similar to the Feral Kid, annoying to Max, yet reminiscent of his time with a child of his own. rene' Russo in a warrior-Womanesque role (OK, that might actually work). And chris Rock as the Gyro-Captianesque comic relief. Or gibson could put his stamp on it, and this could be the 4th time period post-apocalyptic version of Braveheart (We already have the original, and the two remakes, The Patriot and We Were Soldier). However, this could end up getting done right and be one of the most kick-ass sequels of all time. Hopefully, either way we will all be spared the indignity of Lethal Weapon 5. (And I must note that Lethal Weapon and The Road Warrior are two of my favorite movies ever).

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 1:30 p.m. CST

    MAD MAX RULES!

    by JARJARBINKS

    I LIKE ALL THREE MAD MAX FILMS I DON'T THINK ANY OF THEM WERE BAD. THEY WERE ALL COOL, MAD AMX WAS A BAD ASS REVENGE FLICK AND THE SEQUALS SHOW HOW HE ADJUSTS IN THE POSTAPOLCALYPTIC WORLD, NOW ON HIS OWN. I THOUGHT THUNDERDOME WAS COOL. I DON'T CARE WHAT ANYONE SAYS.

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 1:39 p.m. CST

    rubbish

    by iron_monkey

    So many misguided people. Anyone who seriously rates such a load of old wank has got a lot to learn. Grow up.

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Boy, I hate to rain on your parade

    by WeedyMcSmokey

    BUt its one of my favorite things to do - The first three Max films were all together pretty good, with the (sorry) laughable Thunderdome really mucking with the fun. But these were all sorta pre-star Mel - before Lethal Weapon hit - and thus had a nice kind of 'no-one is bigger than the picture' vibe. You know what I mean, back before Mel knew he was MEL GIBSON. Augh, this sounds weak but I can't say that I approach this with anything more than guarded optimism. Thunderdome was so infantile though - I didn't like it at all.

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Back From The GULAG

    by JustinSane

    ...I love all of the Max movies (although the first is almost torturous without the original soundtrack, thus took me longer to appreciate), so this is great news for lil' ol' me. Who cares if Thunderdome had some kids in it? It had ANGELO-fucking-ROSSITTO in it! From FREAKS! "A loving cup, a loving cup!"

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Thunderdome

    by YaGottaBeKidding

    Come on folks.......the movie may not have been on par with Mad Max, but it was great nonetheless. Master Blaster ruled....'nuf said.

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 2:15 p.m. CST

    But what about the "curse of the fourth movie"?

    by one9deuce

    Everyone listen up! Has there EVER been a good fourth installment in a series? If so, please feel free to let me know. Almost without fail, the third one is not in the same league with the first two (Alien, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Mad Max, Batman, Superman, Die Hard Etc....) and then the fourth installement REALLY sucks (see above). That makes me very wary about Indiana Jones and Mad Max. The only way to break this curse is to shoot the installments together while the creativity is flowing and the series is one BIG story. The Lord of the Rings and The Matrix should both (hopefully) avoid this terrible fate that other franchises haven't. Lastly, waiting 16 or more years seems to be a really, really bad idea. Never the less, "Fury Road" sounds like a freaking awesome title. Hopefully we see something like "The Road Warrior".

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 2:19 p.m. CST

    The new Mel Gibson from Signs + Road Warrior = an interesting ch

    by zinc_chameleon

    It won't do to simply make another sequel to the Road Warrior (I hope they forget Thunderdome ever happened.) However, all that having been said; a version of John Windham's the Chrysalids with more Riddley Walker dialog would be grand. [for the less literate: the Chrysalids is the story of the emergence of a new psychic humanity as an aftermath of World War III . The ending of Thunderdome was a dead-steal from Windham's book.] Max can now be a King Lear, and play against type.

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Any of you Brits ever see the Spitting Image...

    by MyNameDoesn'tFit

    ...with Margaret Thatcher as Tina Turner? And Harold MacMillan in...MAD MAC 3. The legend goes on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on...

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 2:25 p.m. CST

    advice: Don't take your pants off if you're reading AICN at the

    by Cyco_Clown

    Cool news actually. Mad Max 2 is one of my favorites movies, the car chase sequence is one of the best ever IMO. Thunderdome wasn't all that bad... We-don-eed-a-no-tha-heeeeeeee-roooooo!!!!

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 2:30 p.m. CST

    rev_skarekroe

    by BurlIvesLeftNut

    rev, you mention one of the things I like about the Mad Max series. I really thought it was cool that Mad Max things were close to normal with this edge of chaos feel to it... I think it is totally cool that Road Warrior picks up where the world has gone even further down the crapper. Doesn't bother me at all... in fact I think its logical really.

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 2:46 p.m. CST

    YEEEEEEEEEHHAAAA!

    by ReputaTheBeuta

    The Mad Max Trilogy is hands down my favorite action series. Since 1999, when I first heard little inklings, little maybes floating around, I have been waiting in anticipation. Brutal, prolonged anticipation. Suffice to say, you have made my mother fucking day, Mori. Thanks.

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Mad Max 4: I'm Gettin' Too Old for this Shit!

    by Hud

    Rene Russo as Auntie Bellem and Joe Pesci as the bandy-legged dwarf tinker who refines pig shit. Chris Rock braying, "Git yo' ass off my dune buggy!"

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 3:03 p.m. CST

    bibclark, we need to be beyond/thunder-DOME...

    by duanejones

    he wasn't topless -- i mean, except on the famous video -- but i'm sure you're thinking of rob lowe's stunningly gay turn as a hetero sax player in _st. elmo's fire_..."let's rock!" maybe you've been watching _baby geniuses_ too many times today...

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Mad Max 4: I'm Gettin' Too Old for this Shit!

    by Hud

    Rene Russo as Auntie Bellem and Joe Pesci as the bandy-legged dwarf tinker who refines pig shit. Chris Rock braying, "Git yo' ass off my dune buggy!"

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 3:08 p.m. CST

    Yeahh, boyeeeee!!! MAD MAX 2 is still the greatest pure action m

    by Cash Bailey

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Bah to the naysayers.

    by Aquafresh

    First off, to the guy who said "screw Mad Max, all we need is Two Towers", I say piss off. How on earth will Mad Max hurt LOTR? It won't, so shut up. Secondly, an aging Max actually sounds cool.. I picture a post apocalyptic King Conan. Yes, "Thunderdome" was weak, but it was the eighties and blockbusters were reeling from 'ET' syndrome and had to feature cute kids to be considered 'viable'. In a post Matrix world this won't happen. I am EXTREMELY hopeful with this one, and with the possible return of Conan, two of my favorite action franchises may get another go.

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 4 p.m. CST

    Hopefully...

    by Bungholio

    it won't be another Patriot, Signs or Leathal Weapon 38 crap! By the way: who needs this movie?

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Forth Borings

    by Rod Hull

    "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, James Bond IV, Rocky IV, Alien: Resurrection". Aside from Star Trek IV, these are all poor films, especially Alien4 (poor script, poor acting, poor fx and poor old Pumpkinhead at the end). And Bond 4 was a poor showing considering it's sandwiched between all the all time classics Goldfinger and You Only Live Twice. So the reasoning that Max 4 will be on a par with these is pure drivel. Unless there's a pair of humpback whales in it. Oh and Miller did not direct Babe but its sequel is one of the greatest films of all time. So there.

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 4:22 p.m. CST

    MM IV The Aftermath?

    by Chris96003

    I think that it is about time that they make MM4, I don't care what they call it the movie. I am tired of evryone crying about how bad Thunderdome was. Well they where WRONG! It was a great movie, great story, sound, and photographic scenes I'm sorry that they are just too stupid to see that! Can't wait to see how they are going to pick up from where they left off. I hope that the continuity is kept with the first three movies. I also hope that if Mel in the movie that he still has his Australian accent!

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Does anyone remember that board game, ThunderRoad?

    by Sod Off Baldric

    It was this Mad Max-ian style game in which two to four players would race teams of post-apocalyptic vehicles through a barren wasteland. The point of the game was to be the first to completely destroy the opposing teams and be the last man standing. It rocked. Oh, and the answer to the "grazillion dollars" thingie is Cannibal: The Musical. Now where's my No-Prize! (always wanted one of those things)

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Gibson must've really been wowed by the script to sign...

    by Monkey_King

    Will this be an ICON production as well? Hope to Buddha in Heaven that Max doesn't die in this one and rides off into the sunset with guns blazing. Hate to see that rumored "child of Max" still be alive as was rumored on Coming Attractions.

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 4:36 p.m. CST

    open them (your eyes)

    by no_bifocals

    thunderdome what a piece of crap, don't be to geeky have some taste

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 4:38 p.m. CST

    The Neverending Titwank Part II

    by Rod Hull

    Here's a rather (nightmarish) idea. Howzaboutz it's not George "Mad Max" Miller in the rather uncomfortable looking directors chair but George "Never Ending Story Part II" Miller holloring out unpleasant bollocks? Or perhaps it's not Mel "Lethal Weapon" Gibson but Debbie "Foolish Beat" Gibson driving around in a fucked up SUV. Just the drunken rantings of a chronic twat, ts'all...

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 4:46 p.m. CST

    George says:

    by pmorano

    "Just walk away. I shall make the great sequel. Just walk away. There is no need for Tina Turner or midgets riding retards backs. No need for a group of kids. Just walk away." True story. Also, don't you reflexively groan when you see they added kids to a successful series? (Tv or movie)

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 5 p.m. CST

    Max 4? Die Hard 4? Indy 4?? Hell, I'd rather see Babe 3

    by minderbinder

    Pig in the City rocked (but how do you top talking chimps chewing gum?).

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 5:11 p.m. CST

    But what of Bruce Spence?

    by GypsyTRobot

    You know, the tall pilot guy from the Mad Max movies. Last I saw him, he was an awful-looking vampire with no lines taking a bite out of Aaliyah in "Queen of the Damned." He's going to be in RoTK as "The Mouth of Sauron", another small role but at least he gets to say something. Has ol' Brucey been consigned to the escapist-genre character actor ghetto?

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 5:42 p.m. CST

    The Ayatolla of Rock-n-Rolla

    by mr.polecat

    George Miller!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 5:45 p.m. CST

    YES!! YES!! YEEEEESSS!!!!!

    by steve_zodiac

    Oh shitting fucking Christ Yeeees!!!! THIS is what we want to here. Please Lord let this fucking RUUULE!!!

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 5:56 p.m. CST

    But what will he drive????

    by fbarich1

    Face it. The shittiest thing about thunderdome was no V8 INTERCEPTOR!!!! Maybe he can find another???

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 6:15 p.m. CST

    He's the Ball Craker! Death On Foot! YOU KNOW HIM, YOU LOVE HIM.

    by Klam Bake

    HE'S BLASTER!!!!!! Fuck you Thunderdome haters. MASTER BLASTER RUNS BARTER TOWN!! I wait with my hand on the nitro and my foot on the gas. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, BOYS AND GIRLS, DYIN' TIME'S HERE!!!!

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 6:27 p.m. CST

    You people....

    by DocPazuzu

    First up -- bobclark: you're getting on my Eltingville nerves again. The sax player in Lost Boys is Tim Capello, Tina Turner's sax player -- ironically, NOT the "gay topless sax player" in Auntie Entity's house. Capello is a white body builder and the guy in Thunderdome was a tubby Asian dude. Next -- all you others saying "we don't need this film" or "the 80's are dead." Don't spoil the fun for the rest of us who are actually old enough to remember the 80's. If you don't like it -- go smoke a purple havanna. And one more thing -- "Touch those tanks and BOOM!" And I don't mean those bombs in your ribcages either. Doc out.

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Hey bwstarwars!

    by DocPazuzu

    ....What the hell was that shit? Mad Max Beyond Megiddodome? Although seeing Paul Crouch ride piggyback on his hideous, pink revlon frankenstein wife would be pretty cool...

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 7:03 p.m. CST

    A question for Mad Max fans

    by coop

    What exactly happened between Mad Max and the Road Warrior? The first movie seemed to take place in a regular smalltown in Australia (picnics, swimming, neighbors, food store in town), I don't recall it being post apocalyptic or anything. In the second film, suddenly, everyone is freaky and punkish and it's anarchy. Did I miss something?

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 7:35 p.m. CST

    This is pretty damn cool news.

    by a goonie

    We've been hearing contradictory rumours about Mad Max 4 for a while now. Good to know George is back in the saddle and that it's gonna get made.

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 8:02 p.m. CST

    I've got yer plot right here......

    by KingKarll

    Post-WWIII Aussie desert. Refugees. Mel doing the Road Warrior bit. Hells Angels types, armies of them, fighting with everyone else over fuel, food, Alpha-bits, bottles, etc. Mel finds some Insight into All that was Decent and Good about pre-WWIII Civilization somehows-trinket, kid, vision, whatever-and does the Shane thing, complete with Car stunts and whacked out shoot outs. End of story. Co-starring Keanu, Ice-Cube and Samantha Mathis. Fred Ward cameo. Guarenteed to make $$$ and make Axl return to Indiana.

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 8:09 p.m. CST

    rev_skarekroe WWIII happens after Mad Max and before Mad Max 2

    by Regicidal_Maniac

    There's five years between Mad Max and Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, in those interveneing years the escalating tension hinted at in the first movie came to a head. When world oil supplies dried up, war broke out. In Australia we would have been fine but our leaders are US lapdogs and the other side knew this so they dropped a bomb on Sydney Harbour and probably elsewhere as well. It's fifteen more years between Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior and Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome in those years the Peter Pan kids living in the neverland crack in the earth grew up and met Max aka Cpt. Walker. Then with his help the people returned to the cities.

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 8:21 p.m. CST

    Who Run Barter-Town?

    by Evil Chicken

    Mad Max is the loss of Max's humanity. The Road Warrior was survival at all costs. Beyond Thunderdome reintroduced Max to the human race. Fury Road, I can only hope, will further this tradition and say something new. One of the coolest aspects of the character is this transition. It's not just Max's survival in a world gone mad; no, it's humanity's survival in the face of chaos.

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 8:29 p.m. CST

    You haters are a bunch of fuckin retards

    by shazaam

    This movie is going to rule. Let's not over-analize this series. To all the people that slam this movie, go play with your Poke-Mon cards and let us fans of the series enjoy it for what it is. It's an action adventure movie and not fucking Gone With the Wind. If you want substance and a low budget movie, Then take your ass to My Big Fat Greek Wedding. It's going to be a big movie and fans of the series will rejoice.

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 8:31 p.m. CST

    Fettastic. 1 good, 1 OK, the rest.....come on, are you kidding?

    by one9deuce

    Star Trek IV is a good movie. I do like it a lot, and didn't think of it. But it isn't on par with the first two. Way too jokey. Thunderball is decent. But no Dr. No or From Russia With Love. Jaws: The Revenge? You might like it, but it SUCKS! I like Bloodsport, but I don't think it's a good movie. Alien: Resurrection? Watch Alien and Aliens again and look yourself in the mirror and try to say that Resurrection is on that level. Negative. Anyway, your opinions were interesting. Oh, and The Phantom Menace on par with Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back?

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 8:32 p.m. CST

    Mad Max 1, 2...

    by hawksburn

    Hopefully it'll be a film much more in the vein of the first 2 (definitely not the 3rd which was basically Max Goes To Never Never Land). I don't see that happening tho as the first 2 movies were an unashamedly Australian product made for adults while the 3rd was a versioned sanitized by the Hollywood influence. I also bet Max has that quasi American-Pacific Rim accent alot of Australian and New Zealand actors and actresses seem to be happily adopting these days. Actually can we just pretend the 3rd film never existed and refer to this one as no.3?

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 8:35 p.m. CST

    What do I see before me?

    by Zone Zero

    A movie full of BEST! That is what I see! YEEEAAAHHH! Post Apocyliptic RULES! About time we got this bad-boy rollin' again!

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 9:10 p.m. CST

    If Mel's getting $25 million...

    by Zardoz

    ...and the movie's budget is $104 mill, doesn't that mean they've "only" got $79mill left for the film? Just how cheap can you make an action/blockbuster movie for in Australia?

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 9:24 p.m. CST

    Stick to Cars and Characters...

    by JAGUART

    And no Children this time. And bring back Wez's assless Chaps. No Aunty Entity. No Master Blaster retards with the strength of ten men. Toss in a couple of Red Leather clad homosexual biatches (a la DareDevil) suffering a sadistic and humorous death, preferably with wrist fired Crossbow bolts. I want the movie to end with a big gasoline explosion, a sky full of smoke. Expose some breasts while you're at it and give Max a pet monkey.

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 10:07 p.m. CST

    Make the star power count

    by Silvio Dante

    What i'd like to see: big budget Mad Max film set in the post-post apocalyptic world. I mean, rebuilding of society, Max somehow making it all happen, not as a "King Conan" type as someone suggested but as a lone, rogue cop. Make MAx ride into the sunset or die gloriously but complete the circle. Make it epic. Err, build it and they will come.

  • Dec. 10, 2002, 10:33 p.m. CST

    Lethal Weapon 5 !!!!!!

    by deadboy1313

    Sorry, my pants don't come off until Lethal Weapon 5! Just think, Riggs, has survived being shot, tortured, driven off a bridge, drowned, and has blown up buildings saving a cat. Not to mention eating Mrs. Murtaugh's cooking. Now Riggs will face the greatest danger of all.......the one thing that makes him tremble in fear and sends chills up his spine......he's going to have to change his son's diaper. Just think.....this could be the funniest one of all. And Joe Pesci could be his Nanny.

  • Dec. 11, 2002, 12:48 a.m. CST

    Thunderdome is criminally underrated

    by Wino-Forever

  • Dec. 11, 2002, 12:55 a.m. CST

    Mad Maaaaxxxxxxxx!!!!!!!

    by FD Resurrected

    Oh yes, I hope George Miller is back in form after two huge flops in a row (Lorenzo's Oil and Babe Pig in the City - both flawed masterpieces). His last hit was The Witches of Eastwick, which is okay (considering how much he loathes Jon Peters for fucking him over). No shit I own The Road Warrior (two different versions - 1983 shitty pan and scan edition with AWESOME cover art and 1994 widescreen edition), Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, The Witches of Eastwick, Lorenzo's Oil, Babe DTS and Babe II laserdiscs, plus Mad Max on MGM Special Edition DVD. This is the movie I've been waiting for - it better not suck as hard as Lethal Weapon 4. I also happen to be a fan of a hugely successful Japanese manga series by Tetsuo Hara and Buronson (Sho Fumimura) Hokuto no Ken (Fist of the North Star) which directly ripped off Road Warrior and debuted in 1984. I still think Streamline/Carl Macek's English-dubbed version of Fist of the North Star is one of the funniest movies ever made, period. GO MEL! GO MILLER! GET MAD AGAIN, MAX!!!

  • Dec. 11, 2002, 1:01 a.m. CST

    GODDAMN delete that post stretching motherfucker!

    by FD Resurrected

    AICN will blaze the trail up YOUR ASS, Possibly the biggest fuckhead on AICN besides elf_killer! Max will tan, whip, skin, heat, plod, pour oil, ignite gasoline, run over, shoot, throw knife, strangle and dickslap your low-life trolling punk ass.

  • Dec. 11, 2002, 3:15 a.m. CST

    My prediction

    by Sea Bass

    It'll be like Lethal Weapon 4. All of the edginess and grittines from the previous films will be gone and Gibson will be happy-go-lucky and goofy in it, totally going against his character. Add a huge battle at the end.

  • Dec. 11, 2002, 4:46 a.m. CST

    I wanna watch road warrior...

    by obi jon

    I'm in the mood now and I wanna watch road warrior... but I move next week and it's packed away...Doh!

  • Dec. 11, 2002, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Thunderdome

    by evilody

    OK Thunderdome wasn't the best movie, but the first half was entertaining and, compared to some of the other third movie abortions like Lethal Weapon 3, Alien 3, Back to the future 3 etc it's really not that bad. And James Bond doesn't count, cos they're not really a "sequel" per se, just another episode - there's nothing to signify that the Bond films are intended to be in chronological order. Maybe that way we can convince ourselves that Moonraker hasn't happened yet and we'll never ever have to go and see it.

  • Dec. 11, 2002, 9:55 a.m. CST

    The series should end the same way it started, with Max having a

    by mad maximus

    I think it would a good bit of closure to the series if it was ended this way. It was already established in the first movie that Max was a family man who loved his wife and child dearly and had it all tragically taken away. The following two movies were in short, of him trying to protect two family like structures from outside forces and almost dying in the process in both instances. He gave of himself to have these both groups survive and thrive, eventually starting families of their own as shown in Thunderdome, something he was either denied (but then again did he really try?) or something that he wasn't ready to do. I'm not even going to speculate on the journey from point A to B but dammit, I want as close to a happy ending for our torn hero as the Mad Maxiverse would allow. For a character that sooo many have loved and imitated, he deserves nothing less.

  • Dec. 11, 2002, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Shit, I almost forgot, bring in Bruce Spence, last I checked he

    by mad maximus

  • OH MY HOLY FUCK I THINK I'M GOING TO DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! MEL GIBSON IS A GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

  • Dec. 11, 2002, 10:32 a.m. CST

    ok, I'm settled down now

    by revam

    AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!! HOLY SHIT!!!!! THIS IS THE PINNACLE OF MY FANBOY BEING!!!!!! AHHHHHH!!!!!!!! THANK YOU MEL! THANK YOU MR. MILLER!! ....

  • Dec. 11, 2002, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Enemy

    by pmorano

    The lead bad guy should be Russel Crowe WAIT!!! STay with me here: See, Russell Crow will be a regular guy surrounded by a tough guy posse, so he thinks HE's tough. He'll always start fights in bars but his big boys always have to bail him out. It's fiction, see?

  • Dec. 11, 2002, 10:59 a.m. CST

    lets give them back their heroes ! ..and it will only cost us $1

    by audio vandal

    yeah great ! another mad max ..thunderdome had the highest budget of the three movies and was shit..what makes anyone think this big budget will make it any better ? I dont wanna see child of max, family of max , dog of max or anything else. I wanna see mel kicking ass, not helping any kids or oil workers...and dissapearing at the end after going through hell...and he better have a cool car as well, not that lame-ass camel driven heap he had at the start of 3. Maybe he could re-cycle the blown up parts of his interceptor, in fact, just dont make this movie..max 3 pissed all over the rep of 1 and 2 , george, leave it alone, spend the money elsewhere....and if you do make it..please dont put the feral kid in it, i know youre thinking of something like that...just pleeeaaassee dont...

  • Dec. 11, 2002, 11:45 a.m. CST

    25 million

    by ThingsThatTimDog

    How in the fuck can they justify giving anybody 25 million dollars!! Christ they aught to give actors a percentage of the film. The better it does the more they get. Simple.

  • Dec. 11, 2002, 1:36 p.m. CST

    bobclark

    by DocPazuzu

    "Lift embargo..."

  • Dec. 11, 2002, 1:42 p.m. CST

    Mad Max.........

    by Steve_Dooku

    The car ain't coming back. Oh..I think the movie rev_skarekroe was talking about was "Cherry 2000" (?)

  • Dec. 11, 2002, 2:22 p.m. CST

    25 million (another opinion)

    by direktor

    On the outside it seems ludicrous that anybody deserves 25 million for a few months acting work, but we live in a ludicrous world, one that's being flushed down the sewage pipe with every passing day. I don't see any of these big paycheck actors trying to solve world hunger, Lord knows they could afford to feed a whole country on one acting gig and still have tons left over for themselves and their family. I suppose when you're the one being paid it's a whole different story.

  • Dec. 11, 2002, 3:45 p.m. CST

    It's all about the script.

    by zinc_chameleon

    Okay, here goes. Who ever thought that Clint Eastwood could star in "Unforgiven" or that it would be a defintive work of a nearly-vanished genre? A new Mad Max film has that kind of potential, if the writer know his various apocalyptic scenarios. Unforgiven worked because it skewered just about every cowboy cliche with a darker more realistic vision of cowboy life. (I live out in the great wide West, and meet real cowboys all the time. They're rough and mean!) Definitely bring back characters like the Mighty Wes. Wes wasn't funny; he was truly psychotic. Fury Road will work, if the writers pay attention to just how bad things can be when there's no law and order, and someone like Max doesn't care until the final reel. A post-apocalyptic Shane that makes folks dirty their drawers, that's what I'm thinkin'....

  • Dec. 11, 2002, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Utopia

    by Clara Bow

    I agree that it should be a post-post apocolyptic thing. Wouldn't that make for an amazing story? Think about-- If you've seen society before, both the good and the bad, and now you're given a clean slate of a world in which to recreate it, but leaving out the bad- what do you do? What do you leave in? What do you leave out? If you try to leave out the bad stuff- won't the members of society either discover it or invent themselves? Is corruption of Utopia inevitable? I don't know if this would be a big bang-em-up, shoot-em-out, blow shit up guy film, but damn it could make for an interesting character study.

  • Dec. 11, 2002, 5:24 p.m. CST

    bobclark

    by DocPazuzu

    Embargo this.

  • Dec. 11, 2002, 5:56 p.m. CST

    did you fat nerds eat your memory? Thunderdome sucks

    by kingofdadipshits

    Some of you guys got it right about the suckiness of thunderdome, you other assholes, however...Think back real hard to that friday in 1985 when you rode your bike to the theatre like an excited little princess and plopped down your hard earned paper route money for a Thunderdome ticket. If you are at all like me you had a few reservations, tina turner being one of them. But, you assured yourself, it's Mel and George, they'll get it right. Well, they didn't. That movie mad me want to wander the apocalyptic outback/race track and gun down everybody involved and if you think miller and crazy old gibson are going to make a good movie out of thunderdome 2: still sucking you are dead fucking wrong. I know it's just your opinion, but you are wrong.

  • Dec. 11, 2002, 6:12 p.m. CST

    Toecutter didn't die

    by Wild At Heart

    He escaped into a wormhole just before the semi-trailer crushed his psychotic ass. And Johnny the Boy lives on as a cyborg. And the Goose was cloned from his crispy flesh and will rise again like a phoenix reborn. Seriously somebody has to rescue Steve Bisley (The Goose) from the crappy Australian teledramas he's been marooned in over the two decades or so since Max first blazed across the screen. What a waste.

  • Dec. 11, 2002, 6:25 p.m. CST

    The only sequel I'm looking forward to!

    by Ivan_Mtl

    Of all the science fiction and fantasy trilogies that have been made or are currently in production, this is the sequel that I am most looking forward to. The makers of the Mad Max series show more creativity in five minutes of every film than the others do throughout their entire series. "Thunderdome" was absolutely brilliant (Bartertown, Master/Blaster, Auntie Entity, Spin the Wheel make a Deal, Thunderdome's bungy battle, etc.), and anyone who says otherwise needs to revisit the film. It's the closest thing I've seen to a Jack Kirby comic universe brought to life (and certainly the best Judge Dredd). Thank you George! Thank you, Mel!

  • Dec. 11, 2002, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Interesting side-note for Farscape fans:

    by Sod Off Baldric

    Virginia Hey (Zhaan) and Jonathan Hardy (voice of Rygel) were both featured in Mad Max films. Hey played the Warrior Woman in THE ROAD WARRIOR, while Hardy tackled the role of Police Commissioner Labatouche in MAD MAX.

  • Dec. 11, 2002, 8:05 p.m. CST

    That big gay musclebound sax player from Lost Boys?

    by chickenmonkey

    Good thing I have my pants off! Oh, wait. Why is Moriarty commanding us to be pantsless, again? It's like that camera-zoom through the spear-carriers from TTT in here... Put those things away, people! You'll shoot your eye out!

  • Dec. 11, 2002, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Well! My pants are off. . .

    by McCormic

    . . . as usual.

  • Dec. 11, 2002, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Mad Max

    by ManosTHOF

    Loved all 3. As far as non-actors, or musicians-turned-actors, you can certainly do a lot worse than Tina Turner in Thunderdome. She did just fine IMO. No, I am not saying she was out of this world or anything, so put down your word processors. It was an Oscar performance compared to Mick Jagger in that horrible "Freejack".

  • Dec. 12, 2002, 2:24 a.m. CST

    Bring on TINA! WOO!

    by imageburn13

    Her hair was its own character! And bob clark shut the hell up! your posts SUCK. Dont post anything that doesnt directly relate to the topic. ALL your posts suck here.

  • Dec. 12, 2002, 4:26 a.m. CST

    Post-Apocalyptic? Debatable..

    by Broken_Hill

    The real title of 'The Road Warrior' is Mad Max 2, as any Australian knows, so stop butchering history to make it conform to your US-centric monocultural views okay? (you know who you are!) Haha!. Jokes. Just jokes! No seriously, for the purist, it's Mad Max 2, alright? (Don't make me say it again...) MM2 is a freaking masterpiece. You can smell the guzzolene and feel your kneecaps exploding into bone-splintering fragments on the bitumen of the Australian outback every time you see it. What amazes me with some of you guys is your inability to understand the progression of the trilogy in terms of geo-politics. Anway, I'll explain... The original was a raw, visceral independent Australian movie depicting a society that has begun to fray into anarchy. There's no Nuclear War. MM2 makes this clear with the prologue, doesn't it? The world economic order has collapsed. War has ravaged the world. But there's no reference to a Nuclear holocaust at all. Have you overlooked this? As for why the 'fashion' (jesus, never thought I'd EVER feel compelled to discuss fashion) has changed, it's simple. No reason. It's just a re-imagining. You can come up with any reason, but the bottom line is, it was just a bold, inventive move by Miller to make a better movie than the first. By Thunderdome we see the radiation detector, so, okay, looks like a bit of nuclear catastrophe has gone down. Did it happen between 2 and 3? 1 and 2? Before 1? Who knows. There's no reference to it. No right or wrong answer. Make up your own mind, imagine it as you want. That's a pretty cool thing. Miller will no doubt try to link the story threads together in Fury Road into some coherent whole, but remember, as they are now, the first three don't have this background information. As my literature teacher used to say, don't look outside the poem. If done well, this could be great. Will Mel remember his genius for this character, or will he do a Pacino in GOdfather 3 and play someone completely different? Come back to Broken Hill Mel. Come home son...

  • Dec. 12, 2002, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Post-Apocalyptic Debate

    by zinc_chameleon

    Thank you Broken Hill, for that thorough-going analysis. However, I'm not American; I'm a Canuck from the great frozen desert of the NorthWest; a place that looks like the first scene of the "Road Warrior" except for snow. The point for the writers is that they need to look at the all the possibilities of future history in order not to have a jumble. The last scene in Thunderdome is definitely post-nuclear; that's why I indicated it was a steal from the "Chrysalids". And how much new technology can they use? Nanomachines gone berserk? Better some sort of superplague.

  • Dec. 12, 2002, 9:41 a.m. CST

    http://www.cnn.com/2002/SHOWBIZ/Movies/12/10/film.madmax.reut/in

    by matrix_sux

    I fucking hate things that are to be treated as media events, they usually wind up being poished turds. PLEASE do not dilute this movie with focus groups

  • Dec. 12, 2002, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Mornings and spelling do not mix

    by matrix_sux

    I meant polished

  • Dec. 12, 2002, 5:07 p.m. CST

    New Direction

    by Broken_Hill

    Zinc, the more I think about this the more diffficult I think it's gonna be for them to pull it off and make something memorable. If you think about the first three, each one is completely different in tone - if he hasn't lost it, Miller will go in a completely different direction again - neither making a big budget MM2 nor a Fifth Elementesque-looking futuristic saga-type film. Frankly I'd hate to see futuristic cities and flying cars. It'd kill me. Its almost impossible to come out with anything original in big budget movies these days - they're homogenised to the shissenhausen. Miller - make this great or fuck it up man, just don't make a movie that we walk out of saying 'yeah, it was pretty good.' Nooooo!

  • Dec. 12, 2002, 7:08 p.m. CST

    FuryRoad

    by suemac

    Yyyyeeeeeeeeesssss!! It's got to be great, please let it be great!! I'm so glad it will be Mel, if it was anyone else it just wouldn't be right

  • Dec. 12, 2002, 7:12 p.m. CST

    FuryRoad

    by suemac

    Yyyyeeeeeeeeesssss!! It's got to be great, please let it be great!! I'm so glad it will be Mel, if it was anyone else it just wouldn't be right

  • Dec. 13, 2002, 2:24 a.m. CST

    I kicked Mad Max's ass.

    by Ronnie_Dobbs