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A Very Brief Update On George Miller and MAD MAX...

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

I’ve been hearing for some time that FURY ROAD wasn’t going to happen. Mel Gibson as good as confirmed it at BNAT this year. But this is the first direct quote from Miller I’ve read:

Harry

had the good pleasure of meeting Dr George Miller at a charity evening this weekend - albiet for a hand-shake and Hello.

"Mad Max isn't happening". Words from his mouth.

Apparently Babe's the go now. Third one.

Sometimes the world bites, ey?

TOMBSTONE.

Well, I will say I think BABE: PIG IN THE CITY is pretty great, but I mourn the loss of a final MAD MAX film. I’ve heard that the script wasn’t really a script, but more like a 400 page storyboard/comic book that Miller created. If anyone wanted to send that to the Labs, I would not protest too vigorously, especially now that I won’t be spoiling anything for myself. On to new adventures with the pig, I s’pose. Anything’s okay with me as long as Dr. George gets working again soon. He’s too damn good a filmmaker to go this long between movies.

"Moriarty" out.





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  • June 7, 2004, 3:14 a.m. CST

    meh....

    by Mr_Sinister_31

    Oh damn. You know....another sequel would've just blew anyway. I'd rather just pop in the Road Warrior DVD and enjoy myself for a couple hours at home.

  • June 7, 2004, 3:22 a.m. CST

    Babe instead of MAD MAX??

    by Lion Fire

    What the Deuce!? Yeah that was a great choice.. you'll be rolling in the loot from another Babe movie. I'd type more but the Max Headroom Harry animation is distracting me.

  • June 7, 2004, 3:23 a.m. CST

    WHY?

    by mcflytrap

    Why does Hollywood continually give us the sequels we don't want and deprive us of the sequels that would rule?

  • June 7, 2004, 4 a.m. CST

    Babe?

    by mag7man

    With 'Pig in The City' costing as much as it did and bombing as badly as it did this does not make sense. Though, a new 'Mad Max' film would also cost way to much to turn much of a profit so I'm not surprised to see that not happen

  • June 7, 2004, 5:43 a.m. CST

    As much as I love the Max movies...

    by Some Dude

    ...I don't think I could stomach another one after being labelled a "stooge of Satan" by that superstitious weirdo Gibson just for not liking his fantasy movie about Jesus.-------------- BTW "The Road Warrior" is more like "The Iliad" than "Troy" is. Think about it.

  • June 7, 2004, 6:25 a.m. CST

    M.Gibson cant be trusted to do another Mad Max

    by proper

    This isn't a personal attack but he is so big time now he cannot help but put his personality and beliefs into his films so they should just leave it be.It's a shame but Mad Max 3 was a weak out so don't bother.

  • June 7, 2004, 6:38 a.m. CST

    THAT F**KIN SUCKS!!!!

    by Junior Frenger

    Seriously, That was the best series of films in the past 20 years...better than Star Wars, Indiana Jones, The Matrix, or even the holy fan boy LOTR trilogy. Bottom line is that " The Road Warrior" is heads and tails above anything PJ has ever made...PERIOD. It's damn near perfect cinema. The only thing that remotely comes close is Raiders of the Lost Ark (admit it the ending of that one kinda sucked...Indy tied to a pole doing nothing). F*CK YOU Geogrge Miller...F*CK YOU Mel Gibson...and F*CK YOU Warners Bros. You all raped my childhood. At least Lucas is Still trying to sweet talk me. I liked you Mel...I grew up with your movies.NOW!!! If I see you on the street Gibson, Im gonna kick the crap outta you!!!!

  • June 7, 2004, 7:06 a.m. CST

    Now that's some GREAT news! Halleluyah! Down with belated, uncal

    by SalvatoreGravano

    Now, I can only hope Indy IV and any ideas for Episode VII, VIII and IX join this, too. Too bad Terminator IV, V, VI and XXIII will happen, though... :-( (as will Ronny Fuk's "Freddy vs Jason vs Ash vs Chucky vs How Many More Franchises Can I Fuck Up With My Shit Directing".

  • June 7, 2004, 7:22 a.m. CST

    What the hell is "Road Warrior", anyway?

    by SalvatoreGravano

    Oh, yes - that's how "Mad Max II" was apparently retitled in USA. How droll.

  • June 7, 2004, 9:24 a.m. CST

    If this Babe doesn't have a gigantic fat monster of a pip as the

    by TheGinger Twit

  • June 7, 2004, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Um gee Fuckknuckles I wonder why other countries talk down to us

    by Smeg For Brains

    ... Maybe because all they see are ignorant dipshits like yourself spouting off about how great America is? You list the problems with our country only then to talk about how great we are? What the hell? America has dropped so far down the list of the best countries in the world to live in that it isn't even funny. Also what was the last great thing, or "cream" as you so idiotically said, to come from an American? The Matrix? Ha, that was a lame kung fu movie rip off that had incredibly pathetic sequels. Lord of the Rings? British books made my New Zealanders. Reall, tell me out of the last ten years how many truly great movies have come from America compared to how many have come from elsewhere. It's pathetic to think that America or even worse Hollywood is still the source of the worlds great movie makers, and films. We have fallen into the world of the 2 Fast 2 Furious style "guaranteed" hit, and let the truly memorable film making go to the much more interesting and intelligent people of the rest of the world.

  • June 8, 2004, 1:13 a.m. CST

    Babe Beyond Thunderdome

    by Osmosis Jones

    I'd rather see a third Babe movie (Pig In The City is HIGHLY underrated, and only bombed because they stupidly sent it out with a G-rating pitted against A Bug's Life and Rugrats) than a fourth Mad Max movie with Mel "Shar-Pei" Gibson wheezing through an all-CGI suckfest. Leave us our cherished film trilogy memories unmolested, please!

  • June 8, 2004, 1:15 a.m. CST

    This is BULLSHIT!!!!!!!

    by mara_rhodesia

    This is absolutely fucking bullshit!!!! *cries in a corner*

  • June 8, 2004, 1:15 a.m. CST

    This is BULLSHIT!!!!!!!

    by mara_rhodesia

    This is absolutely fucking bullshit!!!! *cries in a corner*

  • June 8, 2004, 1:16 a.m. CST

    Smeg For Brains...a response...

    by Roger Thornhill

    You challenged anyone to come up with any great American films from the last ten years. I guess that could include indie films as well. Here goes (in no particular order) 1.) Pulp Fiction 2.) Casino 3.) The Thin Red Line 4.) Boogie Nights 5.) Magnolia 6.) Rushmore 7.) The Royal Tenebaums 8.) Saving Private Ryan(the most influential film of the last six years) 9.) Memento 10.) Bamboozled 11.) 25th Hour 12.) Three Kings 13.) Toy Story 14.) Toy Story 2 15.) Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas 16.) Far From Heaven 17.) Fargo 18.) The Big Lebowski 19.) Eyes Wide Shut 20.) Mulholland Dr. 21.) Seven 22.) Fight Club 23.) The Limey 24.) Out of Sight 25.) Traffic 26.) Natural Born Killers 27.) Bringing Out The Dead 28.) Pi 29.) Requiem For A Dream 30.) L.A. Confidential....whew....that was thirty and there's plenty more. American cinema has always been criticized as pandering to the masses, which it most certainly does, but this does not necessarily mean that brilliant films cannot come out of commericial cinema. I suggest you read the works of Andrew Sarris. Good day.

  • June 8, 2004, 1:17 a.m. CST

    Yeah

    by mara_rhodesia

    George Miller has no reason to exist other than making Mad Max movies. I hope this Babe crap tanks! *very angry now*

  • June 8, 2004, 1:24 a.m. CST

    So if there was no script

    by corkiboy

    Then why did they planned a set in Africa? Why the preparation for the cast, extras and crew? I don't get it.

  • June 8, 2004, 1:55 a.m. CST

    I can live with that

    by St.Buggering

    I think Max was left exactly the way he should be...left abandoned and on his own again after leading others to paradise. That's how he should be. The one thing I don't want to see is Miller and Gibson giving in to the temptation to give the poor bastard a happy ending. He's a tragic hero, and damn it, I like him that way.

  • June 8, 2004, 2:29 a.m. CST

    Pig in the City is AMAZING

    by Louis P.

    Guys, if you haven't seen it, SEE IT. For "Babe 3", the pig should pimp out farm animals to randy rednecks. As for the "Mad Max" sequel, needless. The first two are great and we don't need another.

  • June 8, 2004, 2:38 a.m. CST

    sorry, first 3

    by Louis P.

  • June 8, 2004, 3:33 a.m. CST

    americans are funny

    by SimpsonsQuoteMan

    they think they're important. kinda like a kid with downs syndrome that somehow got his hands on a m16. that is SO cute, those adorable little munchkins. wait...no its not. everyone hates you, you are the jar jar of countries. me 10 - america...8.

  • June 8, 2004, 9:16 a.m. CST

    What

    by Judge Doom

    He must have escaped from that pig farm for fuel from Beyond Thunderdome..._________TWO MEN ENTER! ONE MAN LEAVES or something.

  • June 8, 2004, 10:14 a.m. CST

    at least we don't say "then" when we mean "than"...

    by half vader

    ...Retard. ;)

  • June 8, 2004, 10:33 a.m. CST

    Hey, half vader...

    by Regicidal_Maniac

    ...this really is too bad, what's "BUG" up to now that this has fallen through? Sad news.

  • June 8, 2004, 1:24 p.m. CST

    I guess I'm the only one who's more excited about Babe 3?

    by wash

    Think about it: Pig in the City > Thunderdome.

  • June 8, 2004, 6:44 p.m. CST

    Max of the wasted lands...

    by Hipalien

    I agree with ClareQuilty and St. Buggering. Max is the flawed hero type that helps the others and may not get the reward. Also sometimes when these film series push beyond three films the quality gets murky. Not to say this always happens. Yes part of me would of loved to see what they might of done with this story. One this though is someone please publish the storyboard/conceptual from this aborted project! Okay realistically that will not happen, but I can wish. Actually a book like this for all three films would be cool. Oh well enough said. Time to hit the highway. Aliens love humans... for dinnner.

  • June 8, 2004, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Max of the wasted lands...corrected &more sense made;)

    by Hipalien

    I agree with ClareQuilty and St. Buggering. Max is the flawed hero type that helps the others and may not get the reward. Those semi sad endings always stay with me more. ;) Also sometimes when these film series push beyond three films the quality gets murky. Not to say this always happens. Yes part of me would of loved to see what they might of done with this story. Hmm perhaps a mock up of ROAD FURY movie poster would be fun. One thought on this is can they please publish the storyboard/conceptual art from this aborted project! Okay realistically that will not happen, but I can wish. Actually a book like this for all three films would be cool. Oh well enough said. Time to hit the highway. Aliens love humans... for dinnner.

  • June 9, 2004, 12:06 a.m. CST

    Only halfass fartchugging mailboxfuckers could turn a Mad Max TB

    by IAmJacksUserID

    Fuck it.

  • June 9, 2004, 9:24 p.m. CST

    To Roger Thornhill:

    by Drunken Rage

    Friend, as much as I admire your moxy in responding to some idiot's rhetorical dare, your list of movies is, uh, straight out of and HBO Saturday night. Do you only see major release movies? Why the hell is "Shaving Ryan's Privates" the most influential movie of the last six years? What the hell are you talking about?

  • June 9, 2004, 11:50 p.m. CST

    To Drunken Rage...

    by Roger Thornhill

    To respond to your assertion that the list is entirely from an HBO saturday night line up...well...that's because HBO only plays Hollywood films and virtually everything on that list was produced by Hollywood. That doesn't mean they're any less important simply because HBO might play The Thin Red Line or Memento. Now since I was responding to a fellow who was mainly discussing how lousy (in his opinion) Hollywood has been for the last ten years, it makes sense for me to respond to him with mostly Hollywood films. I could easily add some films to the list that HBO probably would not play since that seems to be your criteria for a good film. Let's see. Happiness, American Movie, Dead Man, The Fog of War, and most recently Elephant. All superb American films. I hope you don't mind that I included two documentaries because it's an underrepresented genre in modern cinemas. Oh, and to you question as to why Saving Private Ryan is the most influential film of the year, that's quite simple. If you look at trends in action films (mainly war films) you'll notice a similiar aesthetic style to Private Ryan. Several films that come to mind as being influenced by Spielberg's film are Gladiator, Enemy At The Gates, Pearl Harbor, and the series Band of Brothers. War films will never be the same after Speilberg's film. Which is why something like Windtalkers with John Woo's characteristic over-the-top battle sequences seem rather antiquated and silly compared to the hyperrealism of Speilberg's film. Now this is not to say that Saving Private Ryan is without flaws, indeed the story is rather conventional, but stylistically the film is clearly a masterpiece. Perhaps you should lay off the booze and pay more attention to current trends in the cinema.

  • June 9, 2004, 11:57 p.m. CST

    One more thing Drunken Rage...

    by Roger Thornhill

    I don't only see major releases. I have an eclectic taste in film which includes everything from F.W. Murnau's works to Jean-Luc Godard's anti-cinema to Wong Kar Wai's wonderfuly films on the difficulties of maintaining a relationship. Obviously you didn't understand that the list was supposed to be mainly Hollywood films. Oh well.

  • June 12, 2004, 2:18 p.m. CST

    Man I have heard some hairy things...

    by SouthSide_2010

    But George Miller being a PUSSY has to take the fucking cake bitch!!!