Charlize Theron is ready to go beyond Thunderdome. Mel Gibson, not so much. Multiple sources tell E! News that the Oscar-winning babe is director George Miller's pick to play the lead female role in the upcoming, Mel-less Mad Max 4. When he announced that he would begin work on the sequel back in 2007, Miller admitted Gibson was too old for the antihero role of "Mad" Max Rockatansky, and said, "I don't think he would be interested in being involved at all." Instead, Miller is looking at little-known Brit Tom Hardy, whose credits include Black Hawk Down and Band of Brothers, to play opposite Theron....says E! Online HERE. Hardy, of course, played Picard's weenie clone Shinzon in STAR TREK NEMESIS, and recently appeared in BRONSON (trailer HERE). I think he's a pretty great actor, but I'm not sure I see him as Max. Although, to be fair, whether or not he'd work for the part depends on how the character is being spun this time out... Last I heard, this film was still called FURY ROAD - a title I really hope they keep because it's both perfect for this mythos, says all that needs to be said, and it gives me wood. More details as more comes in...
Oct. 22, 2009, 10:34 a.m. CST
Bruce Spence should play the leader character. Not as his role from the second film. Not as his role from the third film. But a new role, except he still flies hi gyro copter. Let's make it nice and confusing.
Oct. 22, 2009, 10:39 a.m. CST
Sam Worthington is NOT in the running for this?
Oct. 22, 2009, 10:40 a.m. CST
Had to imdb him...knew I recognized that name somewhere.
Oct. 22, 2009, 10:55 a.m. CST
by future help
thinking about that peice of shit Terminator 4. And that would just get in the way of my MadMax movie going experience. God i hated Term4...even more than Term3.
Oct. 22, 2009, 10:55 a.m. CST
That's a (literally, in some scenes) balls-out performance.
Oct. 22, 2009, 10:56 a.m. CST
by jasper Stillwell
Hardy's a pretty damn good choice, actually. His Bronson was a superb perfomance looking for a film to match it. Hey, if he's good enough for Miller he's good enough for me!
Oct. 22, 2009, 10:59 a.m. CST
So that it actually states Charlize Theron instead of "Oscar-winning babe".
Oct. 22, 2009, 11:01 a.m. CST
by Adelai Niska
Why leave IN the "Oscar winning babe" quote and leave OUT the "Charlize Theron" headline?
Tom Hardy played the gay guy who bummed Gerard Butler before going to jail in ROCKNROLLA.<P> Never would have seen him as Max.
Oct. 22, 2009, 11:30 a.m. CST
Guys a great actor..... Hope he gets it.
Oct. 22, 2009, 11:35 a.m. CST
And are over 'cars blowing up' movies?
Oct. 22, 2009, 11:44 a.m. CST
Too old? That's retarded.
Oct. 22, 2009, 11:53 a.m. CST
He's perfect right now? Especially if they want to do a Old Man Max sort of story. I mean after Gran Torino, UP, Indy and Sex in the City OLD MEN ARE IN RIGHT NOW!
Oct. 22, 2009, 11:53 a.m. CST
It's like getting somebody else in to play Dirty Harry, The Terminator or Harrison Ford, totally fucking pointless.
Oct. 22, 2009, 11:54 a.m. CST
She's a hard shell with a soft center. She can do it.
Oct. 22, 2009, 11:55 a.m. CST
Oct. 22, 2009, 11:55 a.m. CST
Oct. 22, 2009, 11:56 a.m. CST
Of course getting somebody else in to play Harrison Ford would be pointless as well.
Oct. 22, 2009, 11:56 a.m. CST
by George Zip
then I don't see how Gibson can't play Max. It's hard to imagine someone else in the role.
Oct. 22, 2009, 11:57 a.m. CST
before you admitted your mistake i thought you were a comic genius. way to spoil it for me.
Oct. 22, 2009, 11:58 a.m. CST
Because it was possibly the last great stunt filled work. You know, you KNOW, that any road stunt work will be rigged up the ying yang and be digitally removed.
Oct. 22, 2009, 11:59 a.m. CST
...i thought it was supposed to be a different character this time.
Oct. 22, 2009, 12:01 p.m. CST
i am all for good big dumb fun once in awhile. nice to go and not worry about underlying plot themes and man's duality. sometimes i just need 2 hours of big booms and big boobs. one of my all time favorite scenes to this day is the great finale of Smokey/Bandit 2 when they smash the fuck out of those cop cars. besides this is G.Miller so it is gonna be a bit more than cars go boom.
Oct. 22, 2009, 12:02 p.m. CST
Oct. 22, 2009, 12:03 p.m. CST
by Bill Clay
It's just as well that they reboot the character. Mel's personal life has slowly gone downhill since his alcohol-fueled arrest and tirade. I'm sure his new Russian mail-order bride will keep him busy.
Oct. 22, 2009, 12:06 p.m. CST
by Big Dumb Ape
If there's no Mel, who gives a fuck?<p>Seriously, who here ACTUALLY thinks the Road Warrior is SUCH an iconic story that it drastically needs a new relaunch and retelling? Especially when you consider that in the age of home video, you could just clean up the original Mel films and STILL enjoy them completely? For fuck's sake, it's not like they're THAT outdated at this point -- truth be told, they still kick total ass, obviously in no small part BECAUSE of Gibson.<p>Not to mention, I agree with others -- how the fuck can you consider Mel too old? He'd be fine for doing a follow-up to THUNDERDOME where we see how the character has aged...not to mention it would be more interesting to see how the Road Warrior world HAS progressed or possibly advanced and gotten back on its feet (or not) since we last saw it.<p>So, I ask again, who the fuck wants to see this rebooted ala James Bond with a new actor VERSUS it being an Indiana Jones situation where the actor is soooooo clearly identified with the role that there's no point in doing a new film without the original lead -- you know, the guy who DID make it truly iconic?<p>No Mel means this is just another example of Hollywood being creatively bankrupt, pimping the old instead of trying something new. It will be a film of no interest, and it will be a total snoozefest at the box office.<P>Last one out turn off the lights. This sucker is already dead.
Oct. 22, 2009, 12:08 p.m. CST
This is one boycott I'll actually follow through on. Talk about Childhood rape.
Oct. 22, 2009, 12:09 p.m. CST
I think he would be good. I also hope they keep the title Fury Road.
Oct. 22, 2009, 12:13 p.m. CST
Check out the comic Dead Run. Its a lot of fun mini. You can tell they watched The Road Warrior (almost put Runner there for a second) series a lot as children.
Oct. 22, 2009, 12:17 p.m. CST
...it might be OK, and it might not...but it's not MAD MAX.
Oct. 22, 2009, 12:18 p.m. CST
...hero. Look at MONSTER. She can pull it off.
Oct. 22, 2009, 12:19 p.m. CST
by Nice Marmot
. . . w/ Bruce Spence in the lead. Only if they can't do this right, w/ fucking Mel back as Max.
Oct. 22, 2009, 12:19 p.m. CST
Any further adventures that start with "Mad Max" and end with a number simply must feature Mel Gibson in the title roll. You want to continue telling stories in that world, with punked-out scavengers, badass souped-up vehicles, and a loner hero, fine. Do so. Just don't call him Max. How dare you, George, really?
Oct. 22, 2009, 12:22 p.m. CST
...I thought we were done with douche-bags named George for a while.
Oct. 22, 2009, 12:23 p.m. CST
This would have gotten mel back in the public eye after his DUI and anti-semetic remarks. I feel that maybe his fans would have forgiven him possibly if he were to do this. If Stallone can still do it, if Willis can still do it, so can Mel. Only George Miller or Richard Donner can bring back the love of Mel.
Oct. 22, 2009, 12:25 p.m. CST
Keep the world that Miller created and move the story to another character. <P> I would be ok with that. <P> p.s. those trailers are the tits.
Oct. 22, 2009, 12:27 p.m. CST
...legend has it he got the role for the first one because he was cut up from a bar fight the night before.<P> By that logic he's perfect cubed now.
Oct. 22, 2009, 12:34 p.m. CST
what a piece of shit over-rated actor. He's on track to become the next Bale. Bronson was a piece of shite movie by the way. Seriously if not Mel (which is a damn shame) give it to Russell Crowe or Eric Bana. And if not those Aussies then...Michael Fassbender
Oct. 22, 2009, 12:35 p.m. CST
Mel Gibson looks like he can still kick ass. More ass than the senile Ford, or Bruce Willis can. A grizzled older Mad Max would be badass. Fucking Miller is off of his plot. But then again he made Happy Feet so the signs were already there.
Oct. 22, 2009, 12:36 p.m. CST
Oct. 22, 2009, 12:37 p.m. CST
This guy should be huge by now. But it's probably for the best. He's so much more talented than any other new actor on the horizon.
Oct. 22, 2009, 12:38 p.m. CST
It could be done.<BR><BR>A settlement is under constant attack and someone in the settlement keeps banging on about Max. They decide to find him and hire him but of course no-one has seen him for years.<BR><BR>The townsfolk who are sent out scour a rough shit house town and find a drifter - no-one knows who Max is so they reason that this guy can be their Max.<BR><BR>The drifter goes back with them and proves himself blah blah blah - it's corny but fuck it - at least if it's being made it's by Miller and not a reboot directed by Michael Bay or someone!
Oct. 22, 2009, 12:39 p.m. CST
Oct. 22, 2009, 12:42 p.m. CST
by The Dum Guy
I'm thinking of guys like Lee Marvin who would still play a badass into his sixties, and the Edge of Darkness trailer makes me look forward to Gibson in a starring role.
Oct. 22, 2009, 12:46 p.m. CST
Leaving civilization and heading into the wastelands in search of Capt. Walker.
Oct. 22, 2009, 12:47 p.m. CST
Had to laugh at the line (paraphrasing), "You're either on the cross or pounding the nails." Spoken by Mel...genius.<p>Oh, and a female Road Warrior..? I have 5 words for you..<p>Lori Petty is Tank Girl....nuff said.
Oct. 22, 2009, 12:57 p.m. CST
I'm all for a female lead: The widow of another cop who died in the post-apoc. chaos, takes the keys to his Interceptor, a truck full of munitions, and a heart full of sadness and rage, and hits the road... all leathered out. Yeah, I could see me some Cate Blanchett pulling that shit off.
Oct. 22, 2009, 1:12 p.m. CST
Yes to Hardy, no to Theron!
Oct. 22, 2009, 1:18 p.m. CST
so that they can inject Hollywood left wing bullshit into it.
Oct. 22, 2009, 1:20 p.m. CST
shoo shoo, shoo .. shoo shoo shoo shoo shoo shoo .. Sugar Town.
Oct. 22, 2009, 1:22 p.m. CST
I had suggested him at one point, and word spread through Hollywood. But Jett shot it down, and that, as they say, it that.
Oct. 22, 2009, 1:48 p.m. CST
you know, the chick that said. "Time counts and keeps countin', and we knows now finding the trick of what's been and lost ain't no easy ride. But that's our trek, we gotta' travel it. And there ain't nobody knows where it's gonna' lead. Still in all, every night we does the tell, so that we 'member who we was and where we came from... but most of all we 'members the man that finded us, him that came the salvage. And we lights the city, not just for him, but for all of them that are still out there. 'Cause we knows there come a night, when they sees the distant light, and they'll be comin' home. "
Oct. 22, 2009, 1:48 p.m. CST
GERARD BUTLER AND CALL IT A DAY
Oct. 22, 2009, 1:53 p.m. CST
by Ray Gamma
You Yanks probably haven't seen this TV dramatisation that was on earlier this year here in the UK. Tom Hardy played a thoroughly unlikeable cunt, and it was a fantastic performance.
Oct. 22, 2009, 1:56 p.m. CST
Hardy is a good actor, but a Mel-free Mad Max is just a pointless rehash. Get a clue, Miller - the Justice League idea without the established actors was dumb, and so is this.
Oct. 22, 2009, 2:01 p.m. CST
whats next? an Indiana Jones movie without Indiana Jones?
Oct. 22, 2009, 2:05 p.m. CST
by Royston Lodge
re: Happy Feet.
Oct. 22, 2009, 2:21 p.m. CST
by andrew coleman
So many movies rip off the others a new one won't add anything new.
Oct. 22, 2009, 2:24 p.m. CST
No Gibson, NO MOTHERFUCKING MAD MAX.
Oct. 22, 2009, 2:34 p.m. CST
than a younger actor. The crazier Mel is the better. What else do you think living through an apocalypse does to a guy?
Oct. 22, 2009, 2:40 p.m. CST
by affleck bomb phantoms
Unlike Bond where you can re cast with great ease it seems, recasting other roles is just a no go zone, if you look at it pragmatically it makes no financial sense. Tom Hardy is a fantastic and talented actor, however when Mad Max Reboot opens his name and the Mad Max association alone won't gauranatee success, this does two things, sets a very fine British Actor's career back, and sully's a great film series.
Oct. 22, 2009, 2:41 p.m. CST
The only thing I didn't like about Nemesis is that even in that pic of him as young Picard his head was shaved completely. Did Picard have a profound hair loss as a youth?
Oct. 22, 2009, 2:42 p.m. CST
Who the fuq names his son Sprog. And I rewatched Mad Max lately, at the end he gives the guy a jigsaw like ultimatum, telling him to cut off his own leg, etc. to save himself.
Oct. 22, 2009, 2:46 p.m. CST
Cyclops and Jean send their techno organic virus infected son Nathan to the future to save him. They later run into a pissed off Cable, played by Mel, who kind of understands why they did what they did but still has abandonment issues. I don't think they'll include that storyline where Cyclops and Jean go into the future in other bodies and raise Cable for over a decade, though.
Oct. 22, 2009, 2:47 p.m. CST
Mel Gibson IS Mad Max. Just like Harrison Ford is Han Solo. You want a new character in the same world? Fine. Max's son Max Jr? Fine. But Miller or no Miller this is a TERRIBLE idea. I won't watch it in theaters w/out Mel, but if it had Mel I would be there in a second. Older crazy Mel is actually a perfect fit...have him come in from the wasteland to find his long lost son of some such thing, then kill him off...ANYTHING other then recast the role.
Oct. 22, 2009, 2:58 p.m. CST
You would never guess that was the same actor. He is absolutely brilliant and rage incarnate in Bronson. As i was watching I was just counting down the moments till somebody puts this guy in an action movie.<br><br> Still I'd prefer it not be Max. I'm also of the camp; <br><br>No Mel. No Max
Oct. 22, 2009, 2:59 p.m. CST
he was good as max 20 years ago! time for someone new to fill those shoes. they tried bringing sean connery back as bond in the 80's and it did not work.
Oct. 22, 2009, 3:18 p.m. CST
Yeah, what she said. No Mel no Max, nuff said. I will personally buy a copy of this move so that I can literally smear shit on it before getting it re-shrinkwrapped and returning it "unused" to Bestbuy.
Oct. 22, 2009, 3:21 p.m. CST
THAT is Mad Max with a boston accent! Go see it if you haven't yet.
Oct. 22, 2009, 3:42 p.m. CST
Hardy and Theron as the leads? No, thank you. Can't wait to miss this one.
Oct. 22, 2009, 3:44 p.m. CST
save the planet from becoming what it is in the Mad Max-verse. I'm a little sick of "post apocalyptic". The Road is going to own the genre and depress the hell out of everyone. Post-apocalyptic movies are like AICN. All complaining and no suggestions. "IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD! IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!! HARRY IS A FAT IDIOT!! AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!"
Oct. 22, 2009, 3:45 p.m. CST
Oct. 22, 2009, 4 p.m. CST
Who says Max has to be a guy<p> I'd love to see this 4' 11" babe's kung-fu as the wasteland warrior
Oct. 22, 2009, 4 p.m. CST
Just another excuse to cash in on the name of a franchise. A franchise that only people like us would watch. Pass. Pass on this flick and pass the grass.
Oct. 22, 2009, 4:06 p.m. CST
Gibson is Max
Oct. 22, 2009, 4:22 p.m. CST
Oct. 22, 2009, 4:41 p.m. CST
At least have a CG Mel Gibson.
Oct. 22, 2009, 4:45 p.m. CST
by DC Films
But then I'd say that about anything that cast Hardy - he's the dogs bollox.<p>His versitility and Brando-esque style makes me think Miller's going less action-movie, more Spaghetti-Armageddon-Western (something the original seemed to aspire to.
Oct. 22, 2009, 4:45 p.m. CST
by DC Films
But then I'd say that about anything that cast Hardy - he's the dogs bollox.<p>His versatility and Brando-esque style makes me think Miller's going less action-movie, more Spaghetti-Armageddon-Western (something the original seemed to aspire to.
Oct. 22, 2009, 4:46 p.m. CST
by DC Films
...by mistake - sorry folks!
Oct. 22, 2009, 4:57 p.m. CST
If we cant get Gibson back, which I wish he would come back, then get Jane! IMHO, perfect choice.
Oct. 22, 2009, 5:01 p.m. CST
Oct. 22, 2009, 5:06 p.m. CST
Soon after The Patriot came out and some people were impressed with Heath Ledger in that movie playing Mel Gibson's son, there were lots of fanboy talk about how he's be the perfect choice to play Mad Max's son. Too bad that never panned out. If they had started production on Mad Max 4 a few years ago as originally planned, then we might have got our wish. And Mel might have still been young enough and interested enough to appear in the film too.
Oct. 22, 2009, 5:15 p.m. CST
by Onin Solstice
Suiting up in leather and running over asshole bikers would mend the fence on all the jew-hating. Like a personal message to his fans "I'm sorry I went insane, but I'm better now"
Oct. 22, 2009, 5:16 p.m. CST
Everyone bitching about this 'Picard's twin' bullshit needs to sit down and watch BRONSON and then try to say that this guy won't OWN as Mad Max.
Oct. 22, 2009, 5:19 p.m. CST
...that Tom Hardy would be the next Bond after Daniel Craig steps down, though I guess if he's going to be Mad Max that probably wouldn't happen.
Oct. 22, 2009, 5:22 p.m. CST
has given Miller all his ideas by now? I saw him and George having a tete-a-tete at a Hollywood Bistro yesterday. I called out to him, but don't think he heard me....
Oct. 22, 2009, 5:23 p.m. CST
I too think that without Mel, it's too bad they'll continue the "Max" series. I wish they would just not. That said, I think Tom Hardy is a brilliant actor and could do this: he's tough, he's awesome, he's cool. Yeah, I can totally see Tom Hardy in "Fury Road," but I also kinda wish this whole idea of "Fury Road" just went away.
Oct. 22, 2009, 5:28 p.m. CST
really fucked up,when great creators like Ridley Scott or George Miller or Dan Ackroyd,return to their roots,to help themselves (and Holywood at the end) acquire money or their former glory. <p>no chances for young minds,fresh ideas,new talents,again and again the same franchises,with the same old hags behind them. <p>Frankly i dont give a shit anymore for all the reboots,remakes and sequels.I just dont care,i prefer to go and watch D9 rather the new Mad Max,despite how much i love this character.Fuck these greedy,decadent bastards. <p>Originality does not live in this dojo,as a talkbacker would say. <p>Originality
Oct. 22, 2009, 5:36 p.m. CST
Replacing Gibson as Mad Max Rockatansky is like replacing Eastwood as Dirty Harry or his Man With No Name character, or replacing Stallone as Rocky Balboa or John Rambo, or replacing Kurt Russell as Snake Plisskin, or replacing Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones or Han Solo, or Sigourney Weaver as Ripley. Some actor/character combinations are just so iconic, with some characters being linked so closely to the actor who played them, that trying to fill those shoes with any other actor is almost pre-destined to fail, almost regardless of who the new actor may be, or how much talent they may happen to have. <p> In fact the only cinematic example I can think of offhand where they really got away with it was with James Bond, but of course even that was a rocky road to acceptance. After all the first man to replace Connery, George Lazenby, was not well accepted, and, in his own opinion, it took until after his second film for Roger Moore to become in any way accepted in the role as well, while Dalton never really was by the public at large (though he was actually a damn good Bond, pre-dating Craig's grittier and icier killer Bond by 20 years), Brosnan had an easier ride though, and Craig had to prove himself (which he did, quite well in fact) after being royally beaten up in the press and on line prior to the release of Casino Royale. Point being, even when it can be done, eventually, it's never smooth sailing. <p> Now sure, you could say, what about the new Star Trek? But even that actually did its best to avoid its new cast being seen as out and out replacements to the old cast, by making the story an alternate timeline one, whereby these guys are clearly an alternate version of these characters, but not direct recast replacements for them. And to make it even easier to swallow, what did they also do? Why they brought back one of the surviving original lead characters for a major role as their original character, thus stating even more clearly that the original characters and the actors who played them originaly and iconically are still in a way legitimate in this do-over universe, and that this is a sidestep project, not a out and out replacement one where Pine Kirk is supposed to be *the* Kirk, or a replacement for Shatner Kirk. No he's just another version of Kirk instead. Thus they tried, overall relatively successfully, to have their cake and eat it too, acknowledging the original cast and actor combinations as icons that can't be replaced, and making Kirk and crew 2.0 are their own thing with their own distinct reality, in order to avoid infringing on the original icons as much as possible, while still retaining key touchstones to those characters that audiences can find familiar. This is what a new Mad Max needs to do as well, find a way of bringing a new story in that universe without betraying the old, especially is Gibson won't be involved.<p> Thing is, I just can't see someone else playing Mad Max himself as working out and being widely accepted, no matter how they try to cut it. Now if they were instead to use Mad Max/The Road Warrior as a mythical presence in the film, and maybe get a cameo by Gibson for a key moment late in the film, or maybe just have Bruce Spence as the Gyro Pilot and/or others talk about Max, without actually showing him, and have the film take place in that same universe, That might work. That way you can have the 'presense' and myth of Mad Max permeate throughout the film without actually having him as the lead starring character, and can focus on new characters, or perhaps even older versions of previously seen characters such as the feral kid, make that your backbone. Maybe have some character retracing Max's steps through the wasteland trying to find out what happened to the man they called Max, then that might work. So there are ways to write around no Gibson as Max, ways to make a Mad Max film where the spirit and importance of the mythical Mad Max character can still be a key factor to the film, without actually needing Gibson, or without needing much of him outside of perhaps a cameo or two. But you can't replace Gibson as Mad Max. Because Mel Gibson is Mad Max. Full stop. End of story. End of damn list.
Oct. 22, 2009, 5:37 p.m. CST
Uh... Dan Ackroyd? How does he fit in with a group like Ridley Scott and George Miller.
Oct. 22, 2009, 5:45 p.m. CST
a big franchise,and he is the main driving force behind this new GB3 project.which is expected,since he hasnt done a hit for years now. <p>i just mentioned him,since he is one of the most recent examples of this revitalization trend.i dont equate him with scott or miller.
Oct. 22, 2009, 5:53 p.m. CST
Both as an actor AND as a writer. Need I remind you of Blues Brothers 2000? And the only film he ever directed was that awful mess "Nothing but Trouble", so he has no place in a group with Ridley Scott and George Miller.
Oct. 22, 2009, 5:56 p.m. CST
There's been as many false starts on GB3 as Indy 4 had, so I'm not getting my hopes up until some official production happens such as casting, set building, and of course FILMING. At this point, GB3 could still fall back into development hell again as it has many times before.
Oct. 22, 2009, 5:59 p.m. CST
its own version of an iconic character.Take for example James Bond of the 60s,70s,80s,90s and 00s.You will notice that the character changes,not only because different actor give their own charisma and take on the character,but because the character itself follows the trends,style and culture of each era.You can not say that Craig is not good as James Bond,and Connery is better,because simply they play different versions of the same character,thus u cant compare them.And even if u could,u would still be biased since your personal view of how the character truly is,is something that is in a degree affected by the era u have grown up.its the same thing with your personal taste of music. <p>What i am trying to say,is that although,yes,Mel Gibson IS Mad Max and u cant replace him,dont be suprised if in the future,there willd be a new actor doing a new version of Mad Max and that generation of that future,will consider their Mad Max better and more authentic than the original Mad Max. <p>Times change,and with them their tastes too.
Oct. 22, 2009, 6:02 p.m. CST
i dont understand your problem.anyway scratch his name from my post,if that makes you feel better.
Oct. 22, 2009, 6:15 p.m. CST
wrong TB dipshits. I'm annoyed
Oct. 22, 2009, 6:17 p.m. CST
he was Twombly in Black Hawk Down, right?<p>I don't know. a passable actor, and he does a damn good american accent, but he's kinda forgettable for such an iconic role, isn't he?
Oct. 22, 2009, 6:19 p.m. CST
Ghostbusters was supposed to be slightly more futuristic than it ended up being. They should mine young Ackroyds fertile mind and put the true vision on the screen.IMO
Oct. 22, 2009, 6:38 p.m. CST
What a fucking asshat! How anyone can miss the potential of an older Mad Max being disrupted from his post-apocalyptic retirement by roving shit disturbers, is beyond me. The movie sells itself for Christ sakes!
Oct. 22, 2009, 7:02 p.m. CST
mel one last time plays max who teaches some kid to survive as they cross the nuclear wasteland looking for a car and then there's a crazy awesome car chase and at the end max dies and the kid takes over the franchise
Oct. 22, 2009, 7:06 p.m. CST
... is that it seems he hasn't even asked Mel. He just assumes he wouldn't be interested, and has it in his head that an 'old' Max is junk. What? You can do a lot with Mel as Max, either as a main character or in a cameo. Throw us a bone here. Mad Max is Mad Mel.
Oct. 22, 2009, 7:11 p.m. CST
He's a crafty survival by wits character to begin with. As long as he can stomp on a gas pedal, squeeze a sawed-off shotgun trigger and toot the occasional whistle he's good to go. No need for a replacement.
Oct. 22, 2009, 7:13 p.m. CST
I agree completely, however I get the sense that Miller doesn't want to work with Gibson again after the whole DUI thing. I think its retarded (although I would respect him taking a stand based on principles), but if thats the case he should at least come out and say it. I can't really think of any other possible reason why they wouldn't at least approach Mel. This whole idea doesn't even make sense to me.
Oct. 22, 2009, 7:23 p.m. CST
Next thing you know they'll replace Nemoy with that dude from Heroes...
Oct. 22, 2009, 7:45 p.m. CST
fuck this movie.
Oct. 22, 2009, 7:45 p.m. CST
Oct. 22, 2009, 7:53 p.m. CST
The guy has made kids movies for the past twenty years, and now he thinks he can recast Max and the fans will stay with him?
Oct. 22, 2009, 7:55 p.m. CST
Oct. 22, 2009, 8 p.m. CST
...and I don't care how many dicks have to be sucked, you get Gibson back or you don't do this at all. Mel being older actually makes me want to see him in the role again. His age should have NOTHING to do with it. Max was not a martial arts master, or some kind of extreme physical presence that age would have diminished. He lived by his wits, and more often than not, it was pure luck that got him out of tough situations. The mental image of a well done Mad Max movie with Mel walking off into the dusty waste one last time literally makes my spine tingle. I have never been one of those "You raped my childhood!!" types, but this is enough to turn me into one. Makes me SICK to even think of the wasted opportunity for a GREAT film here.
Oct. 22, 2009, 8:04 p.m. CST
I want a gritty OLD MAD MAX! No Mel, No sale.
Oct. 22, 2009, 8:23 p.m. CST
A lovable nutjob.
Oct. 22, 2009, 8:24 p.m. CST
Nah fuck it, just bring back Mel
Oct. 22, 2009, 8:34 p.m. CST
I agree with most everyone here. Age is irrelevant. This is not James Bond. If elderly Harrison Ford can still do Indiana Jones, Mel Gibson can easily do Mad Max.
Oct. 22, 2009, 8:58 p.m. CST
Just totally fucking hate it. Why is it they cant simply at least give a nod to Max as an old man... maybe someone comes upon his stuff or is impressed by his legend and decides to carry on in some form. Would Max be the only wandering loner in a devastated planetary wasteland? Would Conan be the only Barbarian in a dark age? Even the only one named Conan (In hard and ancient times there were few first names...)? Why cant they simply adapt stories to establish some kind of continuity. Its not fucking Shakespeare. I mean if they cant get the original actor what makes them think they absolutely need to keep the same character?
Oct. 22, 2009, 9:02 p.m. CST
Chris carter had the balls and intelligence not to cast a new Mulder. And the last years of that show were top notch in my book. All you need is a great actor like Robert Patrick to fill in as a new agent and great stories to tell. Get new actors? Be courageous and make em new characters. FFS Hollywood...
Oct. 22, 2009, 9:08 p.m. CST
If they go the way o' the reboot they have to have someone in there early twenties so if by some odd chance it isn't balls the lead won't be seventy by the time a sequal comes out. I would have loved to have had Heath Ledger. As long as it isn't some dildo like Channing Tatum.
Oct. 22, 2009, 9:12 p.m. CST
If they could use dwarves to double as hobbits with cheap masks full on screen they can use Ian Holm as Bilbo. I dont care if it costs another 20 million in cgi just do it. Let him voice the part with his face cgi'ed onto some 50 year old. Some say who cares look at Bond it makes gobs of $ no matter who plays him. I say its not a genre film. Its mostly mindless pop culture. Sure some good social commentary sometimes but still its just summer popcorn fluff. I dont own a single bond film on bluray. I own a ton of genre tho. But when you fuck with a genre, cult movie you really piss on the fans man. Use Ian Holm and spend a little more on good cg so he doesnt break half the bones in his 79 year old body. Im sure he can do it Chris Lee was that age when he played Saruman and he looked great all the time in any action scene. Take an extra year if you need the time. Its not like you wont make a billion here... Its money in the bank but more importantly its also the Wizard of Oz of our time and for the next century if not longer. Make it once and make it right.
Oh yeah, and don't just skip to the ROADWARRIOR. Mad Max needs to be a personal apocalypse story about a man pushed over the edge. Directed by Mel.
Oct. 22, 2009, 9:33 p.m. CST
I'm leaning towards the latter.
Oct. 22, 2009, 9:42 p.m. CST
And you know, I'd actually like to see what a late middle-aged Max would be like. The *concept* of an older Indiana Jones isn't what killed Crystal Skull, it was the execution. In the right hands, Ornery Grandpa Max would be cool.
Oct. 22, 2009, 10:25 p.m. CST
Fuck that shit Miller! "Too old"?!" Yea, that makes sense because everyone knows the fans of Metal Gear thought Old Snake was a pussy. If anything it made the character that much more bad ass. I cannot imagine the role of Max being taken over by some young douche. <P> Hope you guys like Sam Worthington. Don't act like it won't happen.
Oct. 22, 2009, 10:29 p.m. CST
by Star Hump
No Mel, no Mad Max. It's not too late to rethink your plan. Get a hold of Mel and get him onboard. Get a top-notch script and get his input. Do whatever it takes. You need Gibson for Fury Road. And his age actually works in the story's favor in this case. Think about it George. There's still time.
Oct. 22, 2009, 10:34 p.m. CST
Max is not James Bond, it was created first in a movie by an actor. This too-old bullshit is bullshit, Max is already supposed to be a weathered character, if anything he's even less physical than Indiana Jones a 65 year old Ford swinging and running around now taht was retarded. Mel is in his early 50s and would be riding arond cars anyway.
Oct. 22, 2009, 10:38 p.m. CST
Nicely put on the age irrelevence.
Oct. 22, 2009, 10:40 p.m. CST
after his personal fiascos.
Oct. 22, 2009, 10:43 p.m. CST
Is he was first written in books, so there is no real definitive actor even though many obviously identify it with Sean Connery for being the first. Max was sculpted and definitively imprinted by Mel Gibson. Just like the mentioned Dirty Harry, Han Solo, Rambo, Terminator, all characters first created onscreen by their respective actors.
Oct. 22, 2009, 10:51 p.m. CST
by Doc Savant
...sounds AWFULLY close to "Mike Wazowski"! "Kitty?" "Boo!"
Oct. 22, 2009, 10:53 p.m. CST
by Dr. Samuel Loomis
I havent heard much of it, but I saw the trailer and was honestly blown away. Why isn't this film making the cut here on this site?
Oct. 22, 2009, 11:30 p.m. CST
by Mr. Moe
Doing a Mad Max without Gibson is like doing a Terminator without Arnold... Stupid as fuck.
Oct. 22, 2009, 11:41 p.m. CST
Shezus George Miller must be desperate. The only person I'll remotely consider is Eric Bana.
Oct. 22, 2009, 11:49 p.m. CST
it would be interesting to see modern "sugar tits" Mel Gibson as Mad Max again, but I still wouldn't write this off completely yet
Oct. 23, 2009, 12:47 a.m. CST
For almost 3 decades he's been using Mad Max as a carrot and stick<p> Every time he had a movie coming out and was being interviewed he'd mention how a new MM movie was in the works and just around the corner
Oct. 23, 2009, 1:09 a.m. CST
by Media Messiah
I believe in keeping continuity in films wherever possible. We should pick-up the story with the Feral Child from Mad Max 2 (The Road Warrior) all grown-up, and taking on the crusade of The Road Warrior...who he simply knew as Max...Mad Max. That is the story that I want to see, and I am sure it is the story that all of the fans want to see. It also leaves open the door for Gibson to return should he and Miller ever see eye to eye. <BR><BR>BTW, Miller's Happy Feet is one of the greatest films of all time!!!
Oct. 23, 2009, 1:37 a.m. CST
Better even than Gibson, I'm gonna throw out there. <p> He's got the fuck-off, less-talk-is-more demeanour, he's crazy,he's brutal, he's charismatic, he's Australian... <p> ...and if you've seen The Beast, he's mad about fucking cars, has his own Ford Falcon XB (Max's car), that's he's loved and customised since before he could legally drive, and he's raced it in an insane virtually lawless Tasmanian road race, where he totalled it. <p> The guy woud do all his own driving stunts for sure. <p> Bana for the win. George, c'mon - think!
Oct. 23, 2009, 1:41 a.m. CST
And Bana's passion for cars and that car in particular is awesome. <P> And he supports Aussie film making, which Miller should respect. <p> Never known a more perfect opportunity. I reckon Bana would jump at the chance to play Max.
Oct. 23, 2009, 1:48 a.m. CST
We demanded Mel, we get... Charlize Theron? WTF?
Oct. 23, 2009, 2:10 a.m. CST
That would be the whole point, and would make for a really cool 4th movie. Why can't the producers - and Gibson himself - see that? Max is now 30 years older, still trying to survive in a hell-on-earth that has got more hellish with each day since we last met him. Can you imagine that movie? We are talking hardcore-cool! Or we can make another standard action film with a few big explosions and a big chase to finish, with a young cast that nobody who saw "MAD MAX" 1-3 have any real interest in seeing. Mel Gibson's Mad Max is a modern cinematic icon - USE HIM!!
Oct. 23, 2009, 2:12 a.m. CST
Monkeys aren't fish anymore dude, that article don't fly.
Oct. 23, 2009, 2:13 a.m. CST
my own grammatical error for you to better relate.<P>You're welcome.
Oct. 23, 2009, 4 a.m. CST
by DC Films
Seems an obvious possibility, since Bronsan & The Take etc prove how scary he can be.<p>I still hope he's Max, though.
Oct. 23, 2009, 4:03 a.m. CST
Why would it not work with Mad Max ?
Oct. 23, 2009, 4:08 a.m. CST
Oct. 23, 2009, 4:19 a.m. CST
Anyone who saw 'Love the Beast' would know Bana's the best choice, the man's a die hard Max fan, solid actor, dyed in the wool Aussie and the first love of his life is his Ford Falcon XB coupe (Christ he he's rebuilt the thing 4 times)which he's raced in the Taz TOCA - the man can drive like a pro. CAST him, don't fuck around with a bunch of lightweight unknowns.
Oct. 23, 2009, 4:21 a.m. CST
Oct. 23, 2009, 4:59 a.m. CST
come on now - seriously? <p> is anyone REALLY surprised Mel would not even be OFFERED the role? <p> I would bet real money Miller was given something of an ultimatum by those in positions to make this movie happen - that if the ANTISEMITIC Mel Gibson had anything to do with it, forget box office poison - the property would never even see the light of day... <p> I'm just wondering how they're gonna introduce their ringer into the continuity - will they try to CGI Old Man Mel to tell the story of I-remember-when or will they time-travel-alternative-history his ass or will they do a Zorro/Phantom style passing of the torch from an old man who's face is obscured or will they just do nothing and pretend we didn't notice it's not the same guy, like in many a Bond flick? <p> btw Bruce Spence was just a loving father trying to teach his son how to make his way in the post-apocalypse - at least in one of those movies...
Oct. 23, 2009, 5:01 a.m. CST
by Media Messiah
She could be a huge international star if given a chance, and is a real stand-out.
Oct. 23, 2009, 5:03 a.m. CST
by Media Messiah
Eric Bana is bland and boring!!!
Oct. 23, 2009, 5:07 a.m. CST
I've seen and im sure most here have also seen the Edge of Darkness trailer, with a little make up Mel looks like he can still kick ass, it's not like he's andy griffith in matlock or something. I want this movie to end with him in a nice family, part 1 ended with him still pissed/depressed that his best buddy Goose got cooked and his wife and kid got run over, part 2 ended with him existing only in the memory of a dying tribe leader/former feral kid, and part 3 he looked like he was just wondering the land (on foot no less, when they should have at least shown him riding in a badass car or at least with some fuqin camels). Yeah I know it may go against his mystique as a loner, but let's cut Max a break and let him ride off into the sunset with a FAMILY.
Oct. 23, 2009, 6:18 a.m. CST
when he came home to find his family slaughtered... I kept waiting to see aa pair of baby shoes in the middle of the road... <p> Gibson's particular brand of "mad" shtick is unimaginative anyway - he should have stopped at the first Lethal Weapon coz by the time he got to Conspiracy Theory, it was like he was his OWN parody!
Oct. 23, 2009, 7:06 a.m. CST
Oct. 23, 2009, 7:15 a.m. CST
Max was never a sprinting action hero, he was a damaged survivor who regained his humanity. That's why for me 'The Road Warrior' is the best of the series: a sequel that treats Biblical myth and Greek tragedy with equal aplomb.
Oct. 23, 2009, 7:16 a.m. CST
Without Mel back this project is absolutely worthless to me. I'll stick with Rhona Mitra in Doomsday if Miller is too stupid to realize that Mel IS Max. Fuck reboots. I'm sick to death of them.
Oct. 23, 2009, 7:49 a.m. CST
The people have spoken.
Oct. 23, 2009, 8 a.m. CST
Post apocalyptic Sydney is on the mend, a workable society with a government run by older versions of The Gyro Captain, Anna Goanna, Slake and all the others we saw at the end of Thunderdome. Then, out of the wasteland comes a vicious barbarian horde that wants the city for themselves. That horde is led by chieftan Max, who has gone nutty from wandering around the desert for 25 years. Max is now the Humungus, Wez and Auntie Entity all rolled into one. At some point in the story, he realizes he is making war on those he once risked his life to save, and has to make the decision of who to stand with. Now that I'd pay to see. Some reboot with Tom Hardy and Theron? Feh.
UNFORGIVEN proved that this 'could' work with Mel Gibson.<P> Some simple plot where a family homestead that's been good to Max gets raided and the daughter gets taken. Similar to THE SEARCHERS, with Max going out into the wastes on a seeming suicide mission to bring the girl back.<P> Anything - just bring back Mel!
Oct. 23, 2009, 10:12 a.m. CST
And then check yer head! ;-)
Oct. 23, 2009, 10:52 a.m. CST
Make it happen, George.
Oct. 23, 2009, 11 a.m. CST
by Jamie McBain
Gerald Butler would have been a good choice, though.
Oct. 23, 2009, 12:31 p.m. CST
easily. If not Gibson (which is lame because he still looks like he can kick ass...unlike Ford who's become senile), then it has to be Bana.
Oct. 23, 2009, 12:38 p.m. CST
This sounds like Doomsday part II.
Oct. 23, 2009, 12:41 p.m. CST
could still kick your ass, nerd.
Oct. 23, 2009, 1:41 p.m. CST
The movie will fucking bomb in the box office too.
Oct. 23, 2009, 3:23 p.m. CST
Oct. 23, 2009, 3:59 p.m. CST
by Seth Gecko
Why wouldn't Gibbo do this? He is one of the world's best directors and actors. He is in a new relationship. His career is a bit quiet of late. The hype would be mega. The anticipation killer. However the first two movies are two of the greatets movies of all time. Road Warrior is simply the greatest action film ever made.
Oct. 23, 2009, 4:03 p.m. CST
by Seth Gecko
Sorry but 55 is not old. Not even close. 85 is old. Ageism has fucked modern society up. I am of the belief most directors should do 10 years as apprentices minimum before being allowed to direct. Or else you get talent free Platinum Dunes hack efforts. When did directing become a non art form? Gondry, Jonze, Fincher, Kelly, and Noe are proper directors. Not the Platinum Dunes hacks.
Oct. 23, 2009, 4:16 p.m. CST
by Media Messiah
And numerous other Bana films like Time Traveller's Wife have convinced me that he is too inconsistent as an actor. Her reminds me of Christian Bale. He has the expert technique as ana actor, but it is like the soul is missing? There is no there, there? These guys play characters like they know that they are in a movie, when an actor should become embeded in a character...and make us convinced, that he is convinced of his reality and the emotions that come with it. Bana and Bale seem, sterile...even when they cry in films, or show anger, lust, happiness, humor, etc., much like a sociopath fakes emotion--you know it is artificial, as it never rings true, spiritually???
Oct. 23, 2009, 4:23 p.m. CST
by Media Messiah
That is an ingenious story outline you just wrote!!! I mean it. I would pay over and over again to see that movie!!!!! Good gong...and bravo!!!!
Oct. 23, 2009, 4:24 p.m. CST
by Media Messiah
Oct. 23, 2009, 7:58 p.m. CST
Max is back filming starts next August in Australia, they are hoping Mel will be back but he has not yet agreed.At least its going forward.
Oct. 23, 2009, 8:01 p.m. CST
by Mel Garga
Seriously, don't even bother. To me, another Mad Max without Mel is tantamount to another Indy without Harrison. This is not an argument that no other actor is capable of portraying the character. It's an argument that Mel owns this particular role.
Oct. 23, 2009, 8:09 p.m. CST
News out today that Sam Worthington is settoplay Max in Fury Road. http://www.google.com.au/news/more?pz=1&cf=all&ned=au&ncl=durA3KoR-epVz8M5K2HFhJHLQ9ccM&topic=e
Oct. 23, 2009, 10:12 p.m. CST
But it pretty much writes itself. Imagine how cool it would be to see a vicious hand to hand battle between "evil" Max and the now adult Feral Kid, whom Max violently dispatches just as he is recognized as the heroic "Road Warrior" by his defeated and crestfallen opponent. Max scavenges through his fallen foe's pockets, and finds the little wind up music box he gave the Kid so many years ago. Turn the mythos on it's head, and then bring it full circle. We know that's not what we are going to get, but it's nice to muse about it.
Oct. 24, 2009, 1:10 a.m. CST
by Media Messiah
George Miller needs to get ahold of you, pronto...and buy the story from you; it really is that good. For years, I have been trying to pitch outlines on the net, but no such luck, and I know that wasn't your point, but that is one hell of an outline you wrote--and I honestly don't assume that they have something that can best that. It really is that smart and intriguing!!!<BR><BR>As for your new post...and the text therein, you can really write--nice work! That is the movie I want to see--a lot of well thought-out pathos and irony, it is Shakespearean in a way...and yet, has the clever twist of modern myth? A hero, turned villain, who...because of his own ill acts...coming to a head, finds the hero in himself again? Brilliant!!! It is like a twist on Star Wars: Say if Darth Vader had killed Luke, and then realized Luke was his son as he, Luke, lay dying at the edge of Darth's light saber. Darth, shocked by the revelation, turns against the Empire...and moves to bring them down. Your outline, it has the sort of irony to it.<BR><BR> I am only jealous that I didn't write it, and won't be getting the check from the studio, or Miller himself, but if they are wise, they will track you down and make you a millionaire!!! I really am...that impressed!
Oct. 24, 2009, 1:16 a.m. CST
great as the punisher.ray stevenson would be good as the road warrior