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You Reeeeeeeeeeeeally Should Check Out This George Miller Interview, Complete With News On A MAD MAX Video Game!!

Hey, everyone. ”Moriarty” here. N’Gai Croal is the very smart guy who runs the excellent gaming blog for Newsweek called LEVEL UP, and he’s got an interview up today that makes me giddy. Yeah, I said giddy. And I mean it. After all, according to this, we’re going to see FURY ROAD after all, the last of the MAD MAX films, and this is one of the few “decades-later” sequels that I honestly can’t wait to see happen. And in addition to finally seeing the film get made, there’s going to be a MAD MAX game that’s developed by Cory Barlog, director of GOD OF WAR II, which means that there’s a chance I’ll be able to play the racing scenes from THE ROAD WARRIOR as a game on my PS3. If that ever comes true, I may explode from overjoy. Check this out and bookmark the blog while you’re there. It’s worth a daily read:

Harry and Jack, Better late than never, right? I've just posted Day Two of my Cory Barlog-George Miller extravaganza, in which I reveal that the two men's first collaboration will be a "Mad Max" action-adventure game-- featuring melee, projectile and vehicular combat--inspired by the as-yet-unfilmed movie "Mad Max: Fury Road" that Miller was preparing to shoot in 2003 before the war in Iraq put his plans on hold. Today's posts also include an insightful two-part Q&A with Miller himself. Here are the relevant links: Announcement of the Mad Max videogame George Miller Q&A, Part I George Miller Q&A, Part II Cheers, N.
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  • March 13, 2008, 6:46 a.m. CST


    by StarskyandHushky

    Cool...Mad Max was fun.

  • March 13, 2008, 6:56 a.m. CST


    by Motoko Kusanagi

    I hope it'll be more like the second and not like the third which was downright awful.

  • March 13, 2008, 7:06 a.m. CST

    Well, we (the fans) give a fuck, eggsalad

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    and since you're also not second, sod off

  • March 13, 2008, 7:20 a.m. CST

    ...more important then the game

    by MediaNerd

    While I'm indifferent to the game, you seem to be missing the big picture that they're timing the release of the game with RW4. I'm excited that Fury Road is back on!

  • March 13, 2008, 7:24 a.m. CST

    Like Motoko said, we do eggsalad

    by just pillow talk

    This is a movie that could completely work with Mel back in the saddle.

  • March 13, 2008, 7:29 a.m. CST

    No Mad Mel?

    by DocPazuzu

    Why the hell not? 50-year-olds can't drive cars or something?

  • March 13, 2008, 7:37 a.m. CST

    Useless Interview

    by bobinnova

    Whoop-de-fucking-doo a Mad Max video game that is 20 years late from coming out. Here's an idea - Let me play in the role of Master Blaster where I need to take a shit to play the game - "Not shit, energyyyyyyy". Where are the details on Fury Road??? Is Bruce Spence coming back? Why not Mel have a cameo or is this Mad Max meet Logan's Run where no one lives beyond the age of 29.

  • March 13, 2008, 8:17 a.m. CST


    by Mullah Omar

    Get out your razor-tipped boomerangs...

  • March 13, 2008, 8:22 a.m. CST

    Sugar Tits

    by i kick tits

    The jews are responsible for all the wars in the world!

  • March 13, 2008, 8:24 a.m. CST

    Mad Max with no Mel = Meh.

    by nerosday

    I don't grasp the reasoning, a Mad max film that is supposed to take place decades after the last one and Mel is too old? eeeeeehhh.... okay? Don't get me wrong I love the Max Movies and I love Millers films, but yeah "there'll be a lot of CG" and no Mel Gibson? I call BS just give me stunt men in distopian fetish gear, car chases across the outback, and explosions... oh yeah and Mel Gibson and I'll call it Mad Max. Give me CG people flying through the air and crazy jumps, a 20 year old with fake grey, and I call it Speed Racer: Australia

  • March 13, 2008, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Best of luck with JUSTICE LEAGUE, George.

    by JDanielP

    With this crowd, you're gonna NEED it.

  • March 13, 2008, 8:35 a.m. CST

    Beyond Thunderdome is the shit

    by Pipple

    I don't care what anybody says. tina turner when she was hot, master blaster, the score, the chases, ridiculously fun.

  • March 13, 2008, 8:36 a.m. CST

    No Mel? BOO.

    by Steve Rogers

    He is mental but he IS Max.

  • March 13, 2008, 9:06 a.m. CST

    please, do it!

    by ryan74

    I'm tyred to wait i want Mad Max 4 nowwwwwwwwwwww!

  • March 13, 2008, 9:08 a.m. CST

    No Mel = No Max

    by kwisatzhaderach

    It's really quite simple. Miller said Gibson had all but agreed to do it 5 years ago but how he's too old...yet Mel looks the same as he did 5 years ago. Crazy. Please reconsider George.

  • March 13, 2008, 9:10 a.m. CST

    "tina turner when she was hot"??

    by ikkyu

    so, Pipple - you mean like 1962?<p> in Thunderdome, as a red-blooded 13 year-old, she made me feel kinda wrong, like i just walked in on my Grandma in her undergarments. but, you know - i guess there's a market for that stuff...

  • March 13, 2008, 9:11 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    The success of Rocky and Rambo (and no doubt Indiana Jones) should really clue Miller into the fact that audiences love seeing their old heroes back up on the silver screen, so long as it is done respectfully and with taste.

  • March 13, 2008, 9:40 a.m. CST

    War in Iraq

    by Gungan Slayer

    dumbass bush and his gang fucked not just the US and the entire world, but also MAD MAX: FURY ROAD with MEL GIBSON. Fuck man. What the hell's wrong with an older Max? It's worked recently with John Rambo, John McClane, Rocky Balboa, and it's bound to work with Indiana Jones. Come on MILLER, ask MEL back! As for the game..meh...sounds like it will be awesome...but have to admit this is getting amusing. Movies like "The Godfather," "The Great Escape," and "Scarface" are getting video games of them have been alright...

  • March 13, 2008, 9:43 a.m. CST

    No Mel = No Interest

    by GodMars

    I'd like to hear what Mel has to say about returning as Max. I know he's bat-shit crazy, but I'd have alot better time swallowing this if I heard he had no interest in the project.

  • March 13, 2008, 9:51 a.m. CST

    agree with GodMars

    by The Ghost of Marcus Brody

    Mel Gibson IS Mad Max. Have him wearing an eyepatch and carrying a shotgun around an apocalyptic wasteland and maybe I'll consider going.

  • March 13, 2008, 10:07 a.m. CST

    C'mon Miller....

    by DocPazuzu

    ...this shit writes itself. Have an older, mellowed Max be a peaceful, Papagallo-type leader for an outback colony of some sort. Once they're under attack (and possibly wiped out) by a band of loonies in assless chaps, Max goes William Munney on 'em - but with cars instead of guns. <p> You know this would be awesome.

  • March 13, 2008, 10:28 a.m. CST

    ghostbusters game, mad max game...

    by theonecalledshoe

    otay. I like it. gibson should be doing something ala the scarface game.

  • March 13, 2008, 10:39 a.m. CST

    yes I'd fuck Aunt Entity

    by Pipple

    She looked good, damn it. And I'll dare say she'd have been a fine storm if they made xmen back then.

  • March 13, 2008, 11:03 a.m. CST

    No Mel = No Max

    by CuervoJones

    Mel Gibson rules.

  • March 13, 2008, 11:07 a.m. CST

    no Mad Heath

    by kafka07

    wasn't Heath Ledger attached to Fury Road at one point?

  • March 13, 2008, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Had to sign-up just to say... MEL IS MAX!

    by Sinister Guido

    There is no reason to shoot this w/o Gibson. Unless he says no... then you BEG him to do it, or DON'T do it. There's a million Road Warrior knock-offs now. Just look at DOOMSDAY. What made MAD MAX, MAD MAX was Mel! If Rambo, Rocky, and Indiana Jones can be reprised, so can Mad Max. He's the most realistic and human of all these characters. Max doesn't need to be some great athlete. He drives a vehicle for most of the movie and occasionally fires a gun! You want a weather-worn post-apocalyptic hero? Cast a 50 year old. C'mon Miller! Wake up!

  • March 13, 2008, 11:21 a.m. CST


    by Sinister Guido

  • March 13, 2008, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Heath Ledger was to play the son of Max....

    by travis-dane

    in Fury Road.But it did not happen back then.sad...

  • March 13, 2008, 11:29 a.m. CST

    No Mel + Lots of CGI = Fuck this movie

    by TheContinentalOp

    The whole draw of the Mad Max series was watching Mel be a bad-ass and seeing real stuntmen do some crazy shit. Without that, it's just another remake. Go back to your penguins, George, and let Mel direct this movie himself.

  • March 13, 2008, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Eric Bana as Mad Max please.

    by Stuntcock Mike


  • March 13, 2008, 11:40 a.m. CST

    This looks like a job for Vern.

    by TheContinentalOp

    C'mon, Vern, we need you. Use your magical summoning powers to call forth Mel to this talkback. Only then will we get the answers we seek!

  • March 13, 2008, 12:01 p.m. CST

    No Mel = no sale.

    by tmifune78

    Anyone else miss Mel as an actor? I know he's a racist but goddammit, I miss that rascal up on the big screen where he belongs.

  • March 13, 2008, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Mel, no CGI, and pure grit is the only way to do it.

    by kevred

    Anything else is ridiculous, and we all know it.<p>Stuntcock Mike's idea of Eric Bana is a great one, but he'd almost be better for a prequel, and I've had enough of those for one lifetime.<p>Call me nostalgic, but I want to see Mel rounding out Max's story, and Arnold as older and wiser King Conan.<p>The problem Hollywood seems to have is that it takes old properties that would be great to resolve, and they try to up the ante with over-the-top stupid CGI action, younger characters, and needless updates.<p>Taking the likes of Mel and Arnold along for one last ride would boost the star power, allow for a more human scale, and create opportunities for different types of action and more intimate violence.<p>But studios don't want that. They don't want to have to think, be challenged, be creative, or *be the ones who try something different*. They want to follow, like the money-addled cowars they are. They want hordes of video-game designers creating Cool Moments Of Spectacle left and right.<p>Meanwhile, none of us give a damn.

  • March 13, 2008, 12:37 p.m. CST

    This Definitely Needs Mel

    by Acquanetta

    This is a sequel to get genuinely excited about, but without Mel, I really don't see the point. The character never really existed outside of the original trilogy, so it's hard to be excited about someone new taking over the role. Besides, Max is almost tailor-made for the kind of weary, older portrayal that characters like Rambo, McClane, and Indy have recently received.

  • March 13, 2008, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Shut the fuck up, who gives a shit about Mel Gibson

    by Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World

    Mel Gibson does not make a Mad Max movie the same way Clint Eastwood makes a Man With No Name movie. Mad Max could be anybody. He's not like Indiana Jones or Rambo, he's hardly as iconic as that. You guys are full of shit, you probably didn't even like Thunderdome to begin with, so just shut the hell up.

  • March 13, 2008, 1:34 p.m. CST

    The WHOLE point of doing this is using an old Mel!

    by BenBraddock

    There is literally no other reason. MEL=MAX=MEL. The only reason we want to see Mad Max IV is to see what has happened to Max in the last two decades, and that means casting the same actor, Mel Gibson. Believe me, that move alone makes the movie instantly and IMMEASURABLY more interesting than whatever premise you'll cook up using a younger actor. Don't do a 'Hannibal Rising' here - nobody cares.

  • March 13, 2008, 1:46 p.m. CST

    um, he also mentions the movie fucknut

    by just pillow talk

    not just the game. Fuck JLA.

  • March 13, 2008, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Where's the damn Road Warrior special edition?

    by MJohnson

    Wasn't there supposed to be a special edition DVD of the Road Warrior sometime last year? Why the hell hasn't this been completed yet?

  • March 13, 2008, 1:57 p.m. CST

    And then...

    by MJohnson

    I want a four hour version of Thunderdome... Just kidding.

  • March 13, 2008, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Now that is certainly 'Cool News' on both counts

    by KillaKane

    I was involved with Warthog back in 2003 when they were developing a Mad Max mission based combat driving game for the Xbox. The potential is massive. As for Fury Road the movie, stoked is an understatement, Mad Max 2 is on my desert island top ten, and fro what I've read and heard Brendon McCarthy's original script was super reverential to the best aspects of MM2/Road Warrior and delivered in every dept. Thes rest is down to Miller and his crew. I'd sooner Mel reprise his role (after all this is an era of old gipper action stars proving they can still kick some butt...albeit with a little more restraint and due care!) but I would pray that it's an Aussie in the lead, Eric Bana would be the perfect choice for me, after that Kiwi Karl Urban can pack the goods when he has a good director. Good news anyhoo, made my geek day.

  • March 13, 2008, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Damn Straight Stuntcock Mike, BANA IS MAX!

    by KillaKane

    He's already expressed his love of the series the series (any true antipodean does) he's a hairy arsed aussie, who can play hardcore badasses (Chopper, nuff said)posessed of top notch acting chops plus he's got the thousand yard stare nailed. If Mel won't creak out for this one (which is pretty clear from past interviews that he won't be donning his leg brace and sawn off again) it's got to be Bana.

  • March 13, 2008, 2:34 p.m. CST

    I wish it was Mel too, but

    by Vern

    Miller has said 1. the story isn't about what happens twenty years later or what happens when he gets older, it's just another Mad Max adventure 2. he missed his window in 2003 because Gibson is more interested in directing and doesn't really want to revisit it.<p> So while I do agree that it's too bad if they can't convince him to change his mind, I gotta completely disagree with this horse shit that he's "the only reason" to do it. Man, I want to see THE WORLD of Mad Max, that vicious, weird place that gets more detailed and weird each time we revisit it. To me that's the main reason for the movie, with cheap nostalgia being a nice bonus.<p> And as for the "no CGI" idea, gotta call bullshit on that too. Yes, I hope they will do the car stunts for real, but god damn, look at that city Miller made in his pig movie. You don't want to see him apply his mastery of modern technology to the world Mad Max? You're crazy. (You're mad, I guess.)<p> Okay, I agree, it has to look organic, don't make it a video game. (Save that for the video game.) But I don't want to see him just try to recreate what he did when he was young. I want to see him move forward and apply his new tricks to Mad Max.

  • March 13, 2008, 2:43 p.m. CST

    As long as they use the Motorstorm engine for the vehicles

    by samuraisix

    I'll be fine. I'd hoped it was something in this vein. Maybe they could use Gibson's voice or old likeness, but whatever.

  • March 13, 2008, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Make Mel the bad guy...duh!

    by Zardoz

    So he's "too old" to play Max. (which is a crock of shit; Ford's still Indy and he's 65!) Make him the villain of the movie then. Mad Max has really gone mad!

  • March 13, 2008, 2:59 p.m. CST

    George Miller is the shit !

    by stamper

    Mad Max Begins will blow all the movie of the year it will come out away, and the game will finish them off, at 280mph ! Wachosky who ?

  • March 13, 2008, 4:08 p.m. CST

    RE: C'mon Miller....

    by Darkplanet

    Perfectly stated DocPazuzu. How these heavyweights can overlook what's happening in Hollywood right now is beyond me. People WANT to see their old favs back in the saddle. They don't care if they are old, in fact they want stories which use the age like a fine wine. The age brings a potential richness to the characters we all know and love. We want to see how they cope with the apocalypse at 60!

  • March 13, 2008, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Vern- you gonna review "Lost Boys 2" when it comes out??!

    by Mike_D

    I wanna know!

  • March 13, 2008, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Mel gibson IS "Mad Max"

    by Eyegore

    I've been dying to see a max sequel since thunderdome, but it's gotta star Mel Gibson. Not just a cameo, but the whole fucking movie. Him being older now has zero negative impact. He's still max, and if he managed to live in the wasteland to 50, he's all the more badass so watch out. Saying he's too old to play the part is moronic. Whoever is saying that should be off this project, because it shows a VERY limited imagination.

  • March 13, 2008, 5:12 p.m. CST

    I'm fine with no

    by Chopper Sullivan

  • March 13, 2008, 5:16 p.m. CST


    by Acquanetta

    ...makes a good point. Another reason these older stars are still accepted is because the fans have aged along with them. So ideas that sounded absurd 20 years ago (a 60-year-old Rocky?!) suddenly resonate in unexpected ways. It's also a lot more interesting to see the same actor return, because it forces everyone to approach the material in different manner. I'd rather have a script that Mel *couldn't* have played 20 years ago, rather than one he could've *only* played 20 years ago. The former seems like the best way for Miller to avoid repeating himself, and truly advance the series as far as possible.

  • March 13, 2008, 5:40 p.m. CST

    FURY ROAD >>>>

    by Jaws Wayne

    I've been checking this site about once a week for the last 2 years just to read or hear any news about Max 4. I got my wish today. Bring it on Mr. Miller, I can't fuckin wait to see your new apocalyptic Max film, even without Mel, although I would explode of joy if he got asked for the movie and he would sign on for it. All the fuckers that say the movie is gonna blow and nobody will be interested in the film should never ever post on AICN again. If you're not looking forward to a shiny new Max movie with Miller at the helm you're posting at the wrong movie forum. Max IV -Fury Road is gonna deliver in spades, mark my words.

  • March 13, 2008, 7:18 p.m. CST


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    by LaserPants

    Oh yeah, and DEFINITELY GTA Style Open Ended Mad Max. BRING IT! GOD OF WAR is a fuckin great game, so, its in good hands however it turns out. <br><br> So is Gibson gonna be in it? It'd be cool to see an old grizzled Max. Make up for the kinda crap Thunderdome.

  • March 13, 2008, 9:29 p.m. CST

    MMIV Really Needs...

    by 23GreatWoundsAllGotInBattle

    ...a weathered "old gun" Mel. The Mad Max universe has become to diluted by incarnations in lesser movies to stand on its own. He IS the last of the V8's.

  • March 13, 2008, 9:37 p.m. CST

    Ok, I changed my mind

    by GodMars

    People will probably throw bricks at me for even suggesting it, but I'd buy Russel Crowe as Max.

  • March 13, 2008, 11:21 p.m. CST

    VERN: For once I disagree with you: Must be Mel or please no

    by Stormwatcher

    Otherwise its just DOOMSDAY again. Sorry but Rambo without Rocky? Terminator with Commando? Indiana Jones without Tom Ryan? Sorry but it has to be Lethal Weapon or its junk. ANd not 'he pulls a Segal and is in it for 20 minuets" Its all about him with no younger generation garbage. Otherwise Lee Marvin will rise and go on a murder spree.

  • March 14, 2008, 2:15 a.m. CST

    In George Miller we trust

    by stamper

    If Mel's back, fine, if not, I trust Miller for coming up with a memorable movie that reboot the Mad Max myth ala Batman Begins.

  • March 14, 2008, 4:54 a.m. CST

    Can't wait to see Max's new ride, he needs another Uber MFP vehi

    by KillaKane

    That black Ford Falcon V8 was the coolest, hoping he gets paired up with some insanely pimped out black death machine, some neo-70's style muscle coupe. Thanks to McCarthy's Fury Road script Max is back where he belongs...behind the wheel. Salivating at the prospect of both game and movie, gagging for more scoops. This is what Miller fans really want!

  • March 14, 2008, 6:03 a.m. CST

    Sorry Vern. It's generic w/o Mel's touch...

    by Sinister Guido

    We've had a comic character like Batman change faces many times. (BTW I don't think this has helped the series of films.) Characters from novels, like Jack Ryan change actors. But, this isn't like those other characters, because the character of Max is completely original. There was no other source material. No novel or comicbook he was based on. Mel Gibson created Max from scratch. Think about it... How many lines were written for Max? Not many, the other 80 or 90% of that character is all Mel's contribution. For me, there's nothing more painful than watching another actor try to step into a role that another great actor defined. I immediately go into the film weary and disconnected from the world. (Which, while I'm at it, is a heavily populated world. Miller created an entire post-apocalyptic genre with Mad Max. And while Miller would do an excellent job expanding it, we've seen it many times and many ways before.) The MAD MAX movies are my favorite film series of all time. Like another poster said, I check this site specifically for news on a new film. Well, that and a new CONAN film... Which, btw would be great with an older Arnold but could exist with a new actor because it's possible to be more CONAN than Arnold's Conan, by referencing a huge catalog of character history. But imagine Indiana Jones w/o Harrison Ford? Rocky w/o Stallone? Mad Max... he's all Mel.

  • March 14, 2008, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Vern, I love you and all...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...but I'm with Sinister Guido and others here regarding Mel as Max. I do agree with you when it comes to wanting to see an expanded post-apocalyptic "Maxworld", but if they can't get Mel to do Max, then I'd prefer a story set in that world with completely new characters. However, barring Mel's disinterest in the project, there is no reason whatsoever that an older Mel wouldn't work in a new Mad Max film. <p> In fact, since these movies more or less are westerns, it's actually even BETTER with an older, grizzled Max coming to terms with a changing world. There are tons of classic westerns dealing with older characters and their problems in a changing world, The Wild Bunch to name but one. <p> I think a Mad Max without Mel would be a horrible, horrible mistake. <p> Think of it this way, Vern: Under Siege 3 with Gerard Butler as Casey Ryback. See what I'm getting at here?

  • March 14, 2008, 7:36 a.m. CST

    Mel is Max, Max is Mel

    by just pillow talk

    This could be his "Unforgiven" if you will. Things could go further to shit, he's beaten down, but then he gathers himself up for one last throw down. He's that iconic that it'll be very believable that he could still be a bad ass. And very little CGI, thank you very much. I want the brutality still in it.

  • March 14, 2008, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Wasn't there a PSP game that was similar

    by skimn

    in tone to Mad Max? I remember a game where a cop was leaping onto windshields...Anywho, I thought Mel gave up on acting to solely focus on directing, unlike Sean Penn, who keeps saying he'll quit acting. He doesn't need the money, or the physical demands that such a role would require. I'm just glad I picked up an HD DVD of Road Warrior for 8 bucks yesterday at Best Buy..

  • March 14, 2008, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Mad Max is not James Bond or Batman

    by Prossor

    There is no previous incarnation of Max like there is James Bond or Batman from their literary origins, which is why many actors can take a shot at it (connery, moore, brosnan or west, keaton, bale). But characters created first onscreen are forever attributed to their lowly real-life clones. No one else is Mad Max but Mel Gibson just like no one else can be Indiana Jones but Ford, no one but Bruce Willis can be John McClane, etc.

  • March 14, 2008, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Sorry Prosser

    by DarthFloyd

    We didn't think anyone but The Shat could be James T. Kirk, but someone found a way to make that happen. Maybe if they convince Mel to do voice work and CGI him in?<p>Probably Not.

  • March 15, 2008, 8:18 a.m. CST

    We don't need another hero!

    by Silent Mark

    Actually we probably do, Gibson't knocking on now. I can just picture all the sensible speed chases while he struggles to see over the steering wheel and remember where his house is. Can't wait for the game though.

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