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George Miller's Sixth (!) MAD MAX Script ‘Almost Finished’!!

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Doug Mitchell, who has served as “Mad Max” mastermind George Miller’s producing partner since “Beyond Thunderdome,” tells the Australian Finacial Review that Miller has almost completed a screenplay for a sixth big-screen “Mad Max” adventure, one that would follow “Fury Road” and “Furiosa.”

“We started with [Fury Road], but we then started to do a second story and a third,” Mitchell tells AFR. “We’ve written the script for the second and almost finished the third. We never intended to, they were part of the exploration of the characters.”

The long-delayed “Mad Max: Fury Road,” starring Tom Hardy (“Inception”), is scheduled to finally start shooting in April.

From AFR:

As for the final size of the [Fury Road] budget, “it’s confidential but it’s massive”, Doug Mitchell says. “Because the studio has so much money on the table, they did bravely step up their exposure. If you’re talking about a big film, an action film, find a budget that’s big and it’s that.”

So we may be getting a new "Mad Max" trilogy!

My cautious optimism is trying to push thoughts of  the “Star Wars” prequel trilogy out of my brain.

I am hugely encouraged by the fact that Miller hasn’t made a bad movie since he completed the original “Max” trilogy.

Find all of AFR’s story on the matter here.

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  • Nov. 29, 2011, 4:04 p.m. CST


    by impossibledreamers

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Tom Hardy fits nicely into the mad max universe

    by Bobo_Vision

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 4:06 p.m. CST

    I remember seeing those vehicle mock ups George had.

    by impossibledreamers

    And I'm still worried. The films need to be more Mad Max and Road Warrior.. and hope no Beyond Thunderdome in their look, tone etc.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 4:07 p.m. CST

    I posted the link to this a few days ago....

    by Joaquin_Ondamoon the Lincoln/Moriarity thread. Can I get a job here?

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 4:09 p.m. CST

    I think there are only about 5 people still alive...

    by paint163

    ..that remember who Mad Max is it's that long ago since the last movie. Good luck with that one Miller...

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 4:09 p.m. CST

    They're talking $200 mil budget and a trilogy...

    by Joaquin_Ondamoon

    ...starting with 'Fury Road'... No real talk on whether Hardy was still 'attached' tho.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 4:09 p.m. CST


    by SeXX ED

    ... I hit it EVERY time I visit this site - how annoying. Oh - go MAD MAX!

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 4:11 p.m. CST

    he almost made a bad movie

    by john

    if he had been given the green light for jla

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Uh oh...nobody tell Rick Moody over at The Guardian.

    by ravenloff

    ...he recently attacked Miller, and action movies in general, as being corporatist/conservative propaganda. I assume, therefore, he's never seen any of the Matrix movies, any of the Bourne movies, Avatar, V For Vendetta, The LOTR movies, the Star Wars movies, etc, etc.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 4:17 p.m. CST

    At least it's a reboot...

    by Bill Clay

    If they squeezed Mad Mel back into the leather suit, it would be a disaster like Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Senior citizens wearing their old action costumes from 25 years ago are embarrassing.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 4:22 p.m. CST

    I wouldn't mind seeing Mel as Max one last time....

    by Joaquin_Ondamoon

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 4:22 p.m. CST

    ...If he wasn't completely insane, that is.

    by Joaquin_Ondamoon

    But he's so not interested.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 4:25 p.m. CST


    by KilliK


  • Nov. 29, 2011, 4:25 p.m. CST

    And yes, Fuck ALL rollover banners...

    by Joaquin_Ondamoon

    I just 'x' out of the site and click back on. But it's fucking annoying.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 4:28 p.m. CST

    gotta love that Original Mad Max poster

    by phantomcreeps

    I'm confused about this project. Is it a remake or a different story?

  • afte rall it is influenced from the Mm movies.the latest games apart from great,they have become big hits and generally the whole franchise has a large,long-time dedicated fanbase. At least FALLOUT will be an original,fresh movie project not a rehash of something which should be left alone but it is not because a has-been director wants to reclaim his lost credibility and save the dead movie industry of his country. Besides NO MAD MEL,NO MAD MAX.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 4:29 p.m. CST

    no Mel, no Max

    by Billy_D_Williams

    Fuck you

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 4:29 p.m. CST

    @joaquin_ondamoon use Adblock Plus ffs

    by KilliK

    you wont see ads never again in any site.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 4:31 p.m. CST

    I actually think Happy Feet is a bad movie.

    by Randy

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 4:34 p.m. CST

    What a futurist, totally called it on muscle cars.

    by the Green Gargantua

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Killik: yeah, I have it on my desktop, but I'm on the laptop right now...

    by Joaquin_Ondamoon

    ...which is full of my kid's crap, like 'Toontown', which doesn't care for such stuff. I'm sure there's a way around it, but I can't be bothered - I just go on my computer instead. But, thanks.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 4:39 p.m. CST

    @phantomcreeps it's a reboot-remake like NuTrek.

    by KilliK

    Mad Max uses a new super-fuel in his V8 car and starts driving it.when the car's speed reaches 800 mph,it travels back to time,30 years ago to be more precise. There Old MM finds Young MM and warns him about what happened to his family.Together they prevent that event to happen by killing the whole gang.But that change of the past events creates a new,alternate time-line.Old MM and the saved family disappear from existence and the original Young MM is turned into a new Young MM,with different face,a bit different past but the same personality and the tragic fact that he lost his family in a gang war. Now new adventures await our iconic hero in the wasteland.New adventures with a new actor as the protagonist,modern cars,cooler stunts and bigger budget. Nu Mad Max.Beyond the Time-Paradox.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 4:42 p.m. CST

    So anyways, I can't get as militant about Hardy as opposed to Mel...

    by Joaquin_Ondamoon

    ...I mean, Mel will ALWAYS be Max, but he's too fucked up and disinterested. At least this way, we get a new 'real' Miller/Max trilogy. And Hardy's as good a choice as any, I guess. If it wasn't Miller doing it, I'd be first in line to take a giant shit on this.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Dammit, I want Gibson

    by Mr. Giant

    I think the audience would totally buy him as Max again. He IS Mad Max, he really is crazy! Also, George Miller is no has-been director. That's crazy talk. And am I the only one who really really loved Beyond Thunderdome? Less so when they get into the desert with the kids, but the first hour of that movie is awesome and the chase at the end is great too.

  • about the same level of awesomeness as it being revealed R Scott directing new Alien and BR films

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Wow, It's actually happening, then?

    by NeonFrisbee

    Tom Hardy is a good choice, but since it's most likely going to be a watered down PG-13 thing, I'm not all that excited.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 4:46 p.m. CST

    I think it proves Mel is mad...

    by kells

    ...that he ISN'T interested in doing a new Max...of all the "old" actors who might be able to believably be bad-ass in an earlier role, Mel could pull it off. A grizzled old Max still kicking it would rule. I'm not sure I can ever buy into a reboot. Plus, get the helicopter guy back. "Hey! Hey-ey-ey-ey-ey-ey-ey-ey-ey!"

  • ALA Indiana Jones.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 4:53 p.m. CST

    they tried to age Mel up in Road Warrior and Thunderdome


    now he actually is older and beat up looking he dosnt get to do it while all the other aged action guys like Willis, Ford, Sly, Arnie etc get to go another round or two in their signature roles? yeah that makes total sense....oh wait the DUI jew rant thing...oh ok ...lets spoil the new trilogy of Mad Max films for everyone because of something he said while shitfaced out of his mind 6 years ago fuck it man

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 4:53 p.m. CST

    200 million dollar budget means

    by Bruce of all Trades

    A PG-13 rating. I think I'm having a heart attack.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 4:56 p.m. CST

    If it's not Mel, then we should get a different character.

    by sweeneydave

    Like Angry Alan. Or Crazy Carl.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 4:58 p.m. CST

    @phantomcreeps - i read a while back its a sequel to Thunderdome


    set not too long after it bit like if theyd done Indy 4 with Nathon Fillion and set it in 1939

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Are we sure Mel isn't in this?

    by Adam Moore

    I mean, is Hardy playing Max, or another character in the same universe?

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 5:04 p.m. CST

    PG-13 Max


    if it is a 200m budget then there is no way it'll be rated R. especially not since Promethues is all but confirmed as PG13 maybe Mel knew this and wasnt bothered about being Max in a PG13 movie (he dosnt exactly bother with PG13 movies does he)

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 5:06 p.m. CST

    "Miller hasn't made a bad movie since" WHEN?

    by frankenberry

    Um, pretty sure it was this year with Happy Feet 2 - which was an unnecessary sequel just like another Mad Max.

  • which would pretty much rule out a Mel cameo (unless hed appear as some crazy nutjob) when Hardy was announced people were hoping Hardy would be the grown up ferral kid and Mel would be max in a cameo but then it wouldnt be Mad Max but Mad Ferral Kid

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 5:12 p.m. CST

    i always imagined a Mad Max 4 trailer to be.....


    10 years ago or whenever it was announced Max 4 was going to happen and when Mel was still big in HW i imagined the trailer would go something like this clips of Max from the previous 3 with voice over from MM2 (the grown up ferrel kid)...'but most of all..I remember The Road Warrior...he lives now..only in my memories...'...then camara blasts onto a new interceptor (similar to opening MM2 shot) being pursued by battered old cop cars with sirens going...camara zooms in on Gibson at the wheel looking all of his years with stubble and greying hair at the sides..looks pissed off....then showy fast cuts showing stuff like the apocalyptic wastelands/ruined citys (CG) , amazing (real) stunts, huge gangs in cars and trucks blasting each other in the open highways, max in beat up black leathers blowing scum away with a sawn off..turns to camara and blasts it...dark...then titles come up in steel lettering slamming together: Mel Gibson MAX MAX:FURY ROAD... A George Miller film.....rated R

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Hasn't made a bad movie since? Remember Babe 2??

    by TheWacoKid

    This guy is the king at crappy sequels after Mad Max. Babe:Pig in the City was utter useless shit and simply trying to ride the wave that was the Oscar nominated Babe. Happy Feet 2 is the same useless crap after the Oscar WINNING Happy Feet. This guy makes incredible originals, and horrible sequels, and you aren't worried? Wow, talk about optimism.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 5:29 p.m. CST

    Now, I'm even more confused!

    by phantomcreeps

    If Killik is right, well, it sounds great. Cartmanez, if that is right, sounds great. I'm confused and down with it!

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 5:40 p.m. CST


    by phantomcreeps

    Good point.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 5:45 p.m. CST


    by dasheight

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 6:01 p.m. CST

    thewacokid, I rather like Babe 2

    by A_Banned_Apart

    Thought it was a perfectly good sequel, and far from "useless shit". But to each their own.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Babe: Pig In The City was fucking wonderful!

    by Hercules

    It was #1 on Gene Siskel's last top-ten list. Roger Ebert placed it at #7 that same year. Swine.

  • Hey, he might be a neo-nazi bigot jerk, but he's bona fide nuts, and he's made some completely nutso moviefilms. The Tortureporn of the Christ being the most insane and bizarre. Could you imagine if he transferred all that weird, abusive, control freak, neo-nazi, religious nut, narcissism to Mad Max? It could very well be one of the greatest, most insane and transgressive films ever made.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 6:11 p.m. CST

    I, for one, will wait for an official announcement

    by maxjohnson1971

    Too much chain yanking in the past few years with this. I'm digging TH as MM, but like the others here, think Mel could still eat this part up. But I just hope they make an R rated cut and the studio is blown away by it and leaves it alone. One can hope.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 6:11 p.m. CST

    As far as sequels, I'd say "Road Warrior" was a step up.

    by ufoclub1977

    But "Thunderdome" was a dive down for me.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 6:20 p.m. CST

    A new MAD MAX trilogy? What could possibly go wrong?

    by DementedCaver

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Road Warrior is the only classic of the trilogy

    by FrodoFraggins

    I assume they've released DVDs of Mad Max with Gibson's voice put back in? I've only seen the dubbed version.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 6:33 p.m. CST

    I know, I know, but fuck the haters of Thunderdome.

    by Dr_PepperSpray

    There's another class of geek, not the one who'll take anything so long as it has the names of a beloved franchise, but the one who will accept nothing more then what has already been done. Bah I say! <P> Beyond Thunderdome is a great sequel, that rises above its first two movies rather then being little more then re-heated leftovers like most.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Beyond Thunder-dome is the Army Of Darkness of the mad max trilogy.

    by Dr_PepperSpray

  • They have released the dvd with the original vocal tracks. It's a HUGE improvement. I don't think the dub even exists anymore.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Thunderdome is aiight. I like it.

    by NeonFrisbee

    It's a step down from the first two, but it's still pretty cool and has a charm to it. I think the first half is MUCH stronger than the second half, but I like the whole thing for what it is. I FUCKING LOVED IT when I was a kid, though, cause I loved everything Mad Max.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 6:45 p.m. CST

    Worse than the Star War Prequels!!!!

    by DanielnocharismaCraig

    No Mel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Agree with frodofraggins... The Road Warrior is

    by Brian Hopper

    the only classic of the three Max films. A really fine piece of filmmaking, and certainly one of the greatest action films ever made. And agree with bobo_vision... Tom Hardy is a really good fit with Miller's Mad Max universe.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 6:57 p.m. CST

    First half of Thunderdome...

    by Mr. Giant

    Is definitely stronger than the second. Then they go back to get the little guy just because. But damn, Miller made the kind of trilogy I wasn't a straight continuation of a story, but each one was different and explored new shit. The Road Warrior is the stone cold classic of the three, but they're all great in their own ways.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 6:57 p.m. CST

    If they rip off the fallout universe slightly

    by chronicallydepressedlemming

    I wouldn't mind. Turn about is fair play and all that.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 6:59 p.m. CST

    Re: FURY ROAD Spoilers ...

    by ArmageddonProductions

    FURY ROAD actually begins 65 million years ago in the Earth's distant past. A race of super-beings called THE ENGINEERS cause the dinosaurs to die off, thus creating GASOLINE to fulfill the far-flung prophecy of MAD MAX: FURY ROAD in Earth's distant future.</p><p> Meanwhile, in our not-too-distant future, in the desolate Australian desert, MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (Tom Hardy "THE DARK KNIGHT RISES"), an agent for the Weyland-Yutani Corporation, prowls the Australian highways for clues regarding his missing father, MAD MAX: THE ROAD WARRIOR (Gerard Butler "300") in his souped-up experimental V-9 Interceptor. With his faithful android clone sidekick, GOOSEMAN 4.0 (Michael Cera, "SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD"), he soon stumbles across "Barter City", run by the niece of BEYOND THUDERDOME's "Auntie Enemy" (Rihanna). Little do any of them realize that "Barter City" is actually a front for the cradle of all life in the known universe. Gooseman 4.0 accidentally gets some GASOLINE in a finger cut and is transformed into THE ROAD BEAST, which may be familiar to MAD MAX fans as "that one guy who's so bad-ass, he prison-raped the Humungous in a deleted scene from THE ROAD WARRIOR". Soon, Mad Max: Fury Road and his new female friend, DISPOSABLE BABE (Charlize Theron, "MIGHTY JOE YOUNG") find themselves on the run from Road Beast and his army of PROTO-SKINHEADS, who threaten to destroy all life in the known universe and kill CAPTAIN WALKER (Hugh Laurie, TV's "House") who, as it turns out, was really Jesus Christ all this time.</p><p> Some bullet-point spoilers below! You have been warned!</p><p> - MAD MAX: FURY ROAD is both a prequel and a sequel to MAD MAX: BEYOND THUNDERDOME.</p><p> - it ties together both the MAD MAX universe and the PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT universe.</p><p> - junky cars with souped-up engines and spikes on them may or may not make an appearance.</p><p> - many insiders with the production have compared it to both 2001 and SMOKEY & THE BANDIT.</p><p> - the GYRO CAPTAIN may or may not make an appearance.</p><p> - Ben Foster ("PANDORUM") is rumored to appear in the film as an adult version of THE FERAL KID.</p><p> - Brian Cox ("MANHUNTER") is not in this film.</p><p> All will be revealed in the coming months ...

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 7:11 p.m. CST

    i dont think so

    by aaron cassese

    this is gonna be as bad as the Conan reboot

  • I'd rank the Mad Max films best to worst in this order: 1) The Road Warrior 2) Mad Max 3) Beyond Thunderdome Mad Max, in a weird way feels much farther removed from the grimness of The Road Warrior and Thunderdome though. I suppose a more limited budget at the time meant they couldn't make things as crazy primitively post apocalyptic. Plus Max being a cop and all, there still has to be some sort of ordered civilization holding itself together at the seams. I like Thunderdome a lot though. The whole trilogy is great really. I mean come though, how can one not like Thunderdome? This speech, given before the Thunderdome fight is just epic in and of itself -- "Listen all! This is the truth of it. Fighting leads to killing, and killing gets to warring. And that was damn near the death of us all. Look at us now! Busted up, and everyone talking about hard rain! But we've learned, by the dust of them all... Bartertown learned. Now, when men get to fighting, it happens here! And it finishes here! Two men enter; one man leaves. Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls... Dyin' time's here."

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 7:19 p.m. CST

    Damn, I haven't watched the Mad Max films for quite a while

    by lv_426

    I'm going to have to bust those out tonight. And I bet Mel, as wacky as he's been these past years, could still direct a kick ass Mad Max film. Apocalypto was really good. I think Mel is damn good at directing action, and not the sanitized superhero CGI action we get most of the time nowadays, but more real and brutal action.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 7:30 p.m. CST

    As for new MAD MAX films, I am very wary of that notion

    by lv_426

    I kinda think that Mad Max and its sequels were great and classic products of their time. Oh sure, they are still great fun to watch, but trying to do more nowadays seems like it won't work. Mad Max, The Road Warrior, and Beyond Thunderdome were right up there with the original Star Wars trilogy, the original three Indiana Jones films, Conan the Barbarian, Blade Runner, The Thing, Escape From New York, The Terminator, Predator, Robocop, Alien, and Aliens in terms of films that defined the late 70's to mid 80's genre film period as that of a golden age for sci-fi/fantasy and action adventure junkies. No Mel as Max is also a huge blow to this. An aged Road Warrior version of Mel still busting up bandits and marauders on the desolate and lawless highways would be great to see. I just can't get excited about new Mad Max films now. Maybe once I see a trailer, I'll change my mind, but until then I'll remain extremely cautious about this whole thing. The originals are great though. When are we going to get a Blu-ray version of Beyond Thunderdome? The first two have been put out on Blu, we need Thunderdome.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 7:36 p.m. CST

    I want it to happen, but without haste call bullshit.

    by Stuntcock Mike

    Let me know when it's underway, I'll buy a handful of tickets. Until then, I believe nothing.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 7:44 p.m. CST

    The Road Warrior

    by ZOMBRE

    Is such a great movie. It's just perfect.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 7:51 p.m. CST

    Happy Feet 2 was a financial debacle...

    by CarsonDyle62

    ...resulting in massive layoffs at Sydney-based Dr. D studios. Anyone who thinks a major studio is going to give George Miller a blank check at this stage in his career is delusional. I'm not saying another Mad Max movie won't happen, but if it does happen it will be on a tight budget.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 7:54 p.m. CST

    Would still like to see at least a cameo by Mel...

    by mdk

    ...Maybe as some grisled old half-cracked, desert-dwelling, violent madman. Mel could pretty much just play himself.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 7:55 p.m. CST

    scrap Mad Max and bring on Mighty Max!

    by jimmy

    The kid w the red baseball cap who went on retarded adventures! That also was a blatant lord of the rings ripoff. Make mighty max instead. And what the hell, have Tom Hardy play Max.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 7:55 p.m. CST

    Anyone who wants to know what's REALLY going on...

    by CarsonDyle62

    ...with this project can Google "Financial Review: A blooming hell 4 Mad Max"

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 7:58 p.m. CST

    Why? The most overrated pieces of shit in history.

    by Hesiod2k7

    Mad Maxx and Road Warrior. Utter crap.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 7:58 p.m. CST

    George Miller only directed the action scenes of Beyond Thunderdome

    by SirKicksalot

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 7:59 p.m. CST

    Thunderdome runs on Pig Shit!

    by Hesiod2k7

    (shakes head).

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 7:59 p.m. CST

    I still like Thunderdome, even though it's flawed...

    by mdk

    ...sure Miller filled it up with kiddies, but they're scrub, post-apocalyptic, sorry "Pox Eclipse" kiddies. The sequence where they tell Max their history, complete with bamboo TV screen and Viewmaster oracle is hilarious and brilliant.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Mad Max movies are very overrated ...


    Enjoyable at first viewing ... but have aged VERY badly. Filled with stiff acting and terrible dialogue ...

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 8:02 p.m. CST


    by Mr. Giant

    Shut up. You don't even have to like them, but "utter crap?" Please.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 8:03 p.m. CST

    The thing about Beyond Thunderdome

    by Ye Not Guilty

    Beyond Thunderdome was so different from the first two films that it was hard to get used to at first, kind of like an acquired taste. But when you stop and think about it, the society it portrays is a very natural progression from the first two films. It's very believable that a place like Bartertown would arise from the anarchy after the fall of technological civilization. I appreciate that the filmmakers thought it out and tried to make it a logical progression instead of just a retread of elements from the first two films.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 8:30 p.m. CST

    Babe 2 was not good...

    by gringostar

    I thought is was trying too hard to be "bigger & better"...

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 8:30 p.m. CST

    -- ginge_muppet

    by MooseMalloy

    Funny, I feel that way about the MATRIX movies - except for the first viewing part.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 8:34 p.m. CST

    Hesiod, in many 3Rd world countries, cow dung is used as fuel

    by Bobo_Vision

    And since pigs eat just about anything...that idea in Thunderdome to use pig shit was really kind of ingenius. Pigs were used like the fusion generator at the end of back to the future...feed them your garbage and they give you fuel.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 8:36 p.m. CST

    Nah, Thunderdome was pants...

    by Billyeveryteen

    Tina Turner sucked, Max was too cutesy, and it suffered the bane of all popular franchises. Kid demographic. Pity Jedi, Indy, Terminator, and Max.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 8:37 p.m. CST

    ??? - I am hugely encouraged...

    by truedog67 the fact that Miller hasn’t made a bad movie since he completed the original “Max” trilogy. He's made 6 films in 26 years... and Happy Feet 1 and 2 are hardly on the level I want Mad Max to be. Just sayin'

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 8:46 p.m. CST

    "The Lord Hughmungus...the warrior of the wastelands!..."

    by skycrapper

    So will the new trilogy explain why the Gyrocopter Pilot and the Airplane flying Dad are both played by Bruce Spence? That always bothered me. Would love to see some of these new movies take place in a blown up know some real appocalyptic stuff.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 8:56 p.m. CST

    The real MAD MAX

    by Mace Tofu

    should be in this movie. Look what happened to Conan FCS. We want Mel! We want Mel!

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 8:59 p.m. CST

    As cool as it would be to have Mel play an aging Max

    by seasider

    It would only work for one movie and not a whole new trilogy. I must admit I'm not too crazy about the casting of Tom Hardy. A good actor but a leading man? I don't know.

  • Sigh.

  • Some moron, or someone with an axe to grind, made the idiotic decision to release it the same day as Twilight. *FACEPALM*

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Is Vin Diesel's Riddick also involved?

    by D.Vader

    Since he's the future FURYAN from the planet FURYA? Mad Max in space, you know?

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Hey, seasider

    by schizoschizo

    Have you seen Bronson? Or Warrior? Tom Hardy IS Mad Max.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 9:08 p.m. CST

    "Babe: Pig In the City"

    by ChaunceyGardiner

    It is one of the most tremendous pieces of film fantasy ever made. It takes the idea of a pig raised on goodness and love and saved from a young death by the realization of his worth by others, and gives his story the heft of Myth. As in the case of "The Road Warrior," it is a great piece of storytelling and an elevation of the world of its predecessor into a realm that speaks to the human heart in a way that only truly epic stories can: like a light in darkness. Here is a film that celebrates all the worthy aspects of existence: the love of friends, the kindness of strangers, and the power of forgiveness on the road to salvation. The difficult aspect of "Babe: Pig In the City" is in its nature as a children's film. Like a fable, a parable, it speaks through the mouths of animals the truths, joys and despairs of this, our human life. It teaches children the grand scheme of its meaning as a story in pantomime - and it teaches, too, us adults if lucky enough we are and alive enough in our eyes and quick enough in perception not to judge and let pass such meaning as there is in this story. "Babe: Pig In the City" is sometimes a terribly frightening story, a terrifying descent into the cold world and into that outer rim that is death and loss and the forgetfulness that exists in our world for its heroes as they hover on the edge of that darkness. The wonders of this story are some of the most powerful I've ever experienced in film: the desire and foolishness of an ape desireing to be a man, and his act of humility that saves the life of his friends; the resurrection of a faithful friend who is called back from wholeness in death to the bitter facts of his brokeness in life, called back by his knowledge of the need of his friends; a pig that teaches an abused and ignorant beast the power of love in a dark world by saveing his life and yet not expecting a return of this kindness; the simplicity of one woman's love of her husband extending to that which he loves: the pig which she once wanted deeply and desiriously to eat. It is a trip into the dark and brilliant depths of the imagination, to a city that is all cities, all fears and hopes of that great conceit of human endevour: the bridging of all peoples and all desires into one physical space where much disparity is brought into the heading of one name and a million experiences are transcended by the heartbeat of desperation and transcendance that exists in only a few individuals who aspire, and despair, in the grips of that single, great place. A film about strangers, and pilgrims. About the just and unjust. And it is also a mad comic fable. The great expense of imagination in that film is astounding. I love it, breathlessly. I love what it says, about who we could be.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 9:08 p.m. CST

    hasn't made a bad movie?

    by doopey

    Happy Feet was terrible. Happy Feet Two looks worse. And I don't care what Siskel thought about Babe: Pig in the City, that movie was not great. But sure, maybe this will turn out great.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 9:16 p.m. CST

    Will this new 'Mad Max' trilogy...

    by buggerbugger

    ...tie in with 'Babe: Pigshit in Bartertown'?

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 9:20 p.m. CST

    'Happy Feet' made me...

    by buggerbugger

    ...want to drop-kick a penguin. Any penguin. Even one innocent of any fish-related crime.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 9:34 p.m. CST

    at least he didn't make neverending story 2

    by Balboa

    now THAT is the George Miller who scares me

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 9:46 p.m. CST


    by Undead03

    Mel will be running over small kids and families on their way to the beach after polishing off a fifth of tequila! WHOO HOOO!!!! Oh wait. He tried to do this already. Here's hoping Malibu continues after mel for Attempted Murder for driving drunk on the PCH.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 9:47 p.m. CST

    No more games. NO MORE GAMES!

    by Buck Turgidson

    I am thrilled one new Mad Max movie could be coming back to theaters, let alone three. If I was a studio head I'd be green-lighting that shit in a heartbeat. On the whole, George Miller's track record is pretty amazing--look, two misfires out of ten proper directing gigs is fantastic. Who does that? Bitches, if I had the dough I'd be betting on Miller and a new Mad Max trilogy. The thought of Fury Road in IMAX (w/ a little smoke beforehand) blows my fucking mind. Only wish it wasn't so goddamn far away!!!

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 9:56 p.m. CST

    Mad Max is being filmed in NAMIBIA

    by Wookie_Weed

    Surprised no one's reporting this. When I watch the news and see African mercenaries driving around in beat-up trucks with A-Team-like armor welded on in Libya and the Congo and Sudan, I immediately think, "Mad fucking Max!"

  • Perfect casting + Perfect director + 3 New films = Stiffie.

  • It's his birthday apparently, and so his photo is on the front page, and it looks weird. And the thing is, you can tell, he didn't do this for laughs. He thinks he looks good like this. To me, he looks like you'd find him in somebody's closet in a David Lynch film...just standing there. <p>


  • Though I think I read that this will be his own take on the character, hope that still means he'll look like Mel's Max in the sequel, than i'll be ok with it.

  • but says he's not gonna make the next ones. Just knowing that he was still great friends with Miller and gave a respectful bowing out in the magazine interview, made me feel more ok with Hardy taking over. Still WAAAY better choice than Heath Ledger or Jeremy Renner .

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 10:50 p.m. CST

    Mad Max hinges on how people react to Hardy's Bane

    by Wookie_Weed

    It could make or break Mad Max: Fury Road.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 11:47 p.m. CST

    they vaguely mention mad max once in that video, and it's thunderdome

    by DarthBlart

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 11:57 p.m. CST

    Really? People are shitting on the 'Max' films now?

    by Joaquin_Ondamoon

    I can understand some of the hate for 'Thunderdome', although I don't share it at all. But the first 2 films? To me the entire trilogy was a natural progression: from the death of Max's family, to his self-imposed exile in the Wastelands, and the eventual decline of civilization and technology to where the vehicles and people themselves are mere shells of their former selves, wallowing in shit. Literally. "One day cock of the walk - the next a feather duster. Play something, Ton Ton: something tragic." I would prefer one last flick with Mel - sure. It would be a perfect fit, an aging, grizzled Max, still prowling the Wastelands. But that's not gonna happen. Hardy's got some big boots to fill. I don't want to see a 'reboot'. We know the origin. Let it flow naturally. Hell - set it in between 'Road Warrior' and 'Thunderdome', if Hardy's not 'grizzled' enough. Whatever. I'm on board. This ain't no penguin story. "Remember where you are - this is Thunderdome, and death is listening, and will take the first man that screams." Fucking A. Do it.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 12:22 a.m. CST

    Did anyone see "Edge of Darkness"

    by dockealy

    This was post-batshit insane Mel G. and it's fucking excellent.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 12:50 a.m. CST

    Melvin Horacio Farquar Gibson

    by pumaman

    What's crazy is that Mel really did go mad !!

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 1:08 a.m. CST

    George, don't spend the limited time just making

    by hallmitchell

    Mad Max films! How about a Justice League or a Sci fi?

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 1:57 a.m. CST

    Yeah I heard Mel doesn't want to do them

    by BenBraddock

    But that was then. Ask him again, someone!!

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 2:10 a.m. CST

    No Mel, no Max. End of fucking story.

    by Ironhelix

    And NO, I will NOT go see them anyway. If Mel doesn't want to do them, then you don't make any more Mad Max movies. It's that simple.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 2:14 a.m. CST

    Oh and another thing...

    by Ironhelix

    Were the Gyrocopter Pilot and the Airplane flying Dad not supposed to be the same character? I always assumed they were.

  • Pointing no gin-soaked elbows, mind.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 2:57 a.m. CST

    I love Mel's Max, but I love Mad Max more.

    by Eyegore

    I'm really looking forward this. I hope it doesn't suck.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 3:54 a.m. CST


    by pw

    Do you have a link to the article please, dude?

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 3:55 a.m. CST

    SCRIPT?! WHAT FUCKING SCRIPT? This is Mad Max for Christ's Sake!

    by spire_walk

    "The Script is almost finished!" What the fuck? How long does it take to write a Mad Max script for christ's sake? Was there a whole lot of exposition or dialogue in any of the movies? Don't get me wrong, Road Warrior was badass.... but nothing, and I mean NOTHING, led me to believe there was this powerhouse, laboriously crafted script gluing it together. Hilarious. We're not adapting Moby Dick here, people. This movie is going to be about a bunch of degenerate Aussie fuckers acting goddamn retarded, some douchebag with horrendously large teeth flying around in some ghetto helicopter, and Mad Max driving on perfectly preserved highways in some high stakes death race as his band of Aussie retards get chased by some other band dressed like leather studs from a San Francisco Gay Pride Festival. Some leather fags may even attempt to jump from their armored death machines onto Max's vehicle. There, print this shit out and use this as the script, it's finished now. You're welcome.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 4:23 a.m. CST

    He has made a bad movie and..

    by dom

    He's made Happy Feet 2 which has been a HUGE flop sadly and on the back of this, he's had to hugely downsize his production companies before hopefully ramping back up again - and the 'again' is for Mad Max so no surprise he's trying to encourage and get some good vibes into the press. Seems you bought into that.

  • on home video, you haven't a clue. Little kids love that shit! I've had to endure that crap on loop since it came out on dvd!

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 5:30 a.m. CST

    perhaps miller hasn't made a bad film since mad max.

    by baronweazle

    But I'd argue that he hasn't actually made a good film since then either. Mediocre describes his post mad max output best I think.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 6:27 a.m. CST

    RW=Awesome. BT=Suck.

    by menacingphantom

    Non negotiable. If you don't like RW or do like BT you need to not be on this site. I wonder if there is 100% correlation between people who liked the prequels and who like BT.

  • Oh and Miller has made a terrible movie, ever see "Lorenzo's Oil?" UGH! Nick Nolte as an Italian, ugh. Way to research, dumbass!

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 7:26 a.m. CST

    Geez! How does a cartoon cost over $100 million?

    by ZodNotGod

    Happy Feat, HF 2 is ass, why wouldn't it be?

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 7:33 a.m. CST


    by montessaurus

    I fucking love you.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 7:56 a.m. CST

    Babe & Babe 2 are perfection!

    by ZodNotGod

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 8:12 a.m. CST

    That's not the Goose.

    by Denty420

    Just saying.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 8:18 a.m. CST

    miller DID NIT direct Babe

    by Undead03

    Chris Noonan did. miller directed Babe 2, which was an unmitigated disaster of a film from beginning to end--truly awful. No wonder it was horribly reviewed and flopped big time at the box office.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 8:20 a.m. CST

    "miller DID NOT direct Babe..."

    by Undead03

    Sounded like Inspector Clouseau there for a header...!

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 8:26 a.m. CST

    Re: How does a cartoon cost over $100 million?

    by Mr. Giant

    Because you have to pay an army of animators to make it using the newest high-tech equipment. And there's a lot of overtime in there too. And in animator salary that's a ton.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Correction: Tom Hardy looks *exactly* like a young Brian Cox.

    by AssyMuffJizz

    That's because he *is* Brian Cox.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Sixth drafts...

    by Ken Shaw

    ...GOOD! There need to be more deliberate and refined scripts in Hollywood.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 9:59 a.m. CST

    PG-13 Mad Max

    by Volllllume3

    PG-13 Die Hard PG-13 Terminator PG-13 Alien PG-13 World War Z Is nothing sacred anymore?

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Happy Feet is COMPLETE FUCKING SHIT ...

    by Lamerz

    The second one looks worse, if that is even possible. That said, I'm gonna have to watch the Mad Max series now. Fuck yeah. Oh and to the person who mentioned Edge of Darkness above, I agree! That was a very good Gibson movie. Don't remember how it performed at the box office, though.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Oh, and FUCK HAPPY FEET ...

    by Lamerz

    I'd like to take a fucking AK-47 to those dancing penguins and turn the ice red.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 11:06 a.m. CST

    PG-13 Showgirls is next

    by Gorgomel

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 11:17 a.m. CST


    by NightArrows

    Mad Max is NOT a great film. It's got it's cult charms, much like the first Evil Dead, but it's no "classic". And much like the Evil Dead series, the second film is much better than the first. Continuing along the same lines, Thunderdome gets a lot of hate, but quite frankly I like it as much as Road Warrior, for different reasons. I hope Miller pulls this one off as I'm really looking forward to this, so far anyways.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Keep In Mind, it's very easy to write a screenplay ...

    by MattHooper

    I've written several myself. The trick is writing a good one. That's a magic trick. The idea of this guy writing THREE in a row -- not gonna happen. Never happens that way, even with the best of writers. Any experienced writer can tell you, writing doesn't work like that. Creativity just doesn't work like that. It's not that dependable. You keep writing, you keep day-dreaming and working it out by punching the keys -- but much of what you get just doesn't work. It often takes time to really look at the work, then an appropriate amount of introspective re-imagining, then improving the material. Once in a while you get into something really great and you get a real charge out of writing it, and it turns out to be something to pass around. Something to say, "Hey, read this; I'm really proud of this one." But much of the time, three-quarters of what you write just doesn't work with only a couple of passes. That being said, maybe Miller has been working on these scripts for a very long time. But it doesn't sound like it. And that being the case, it was a real bad idea for this guy to announce that Miller had "finished" a sixth screenplay. Fans of the franchise should be worried. This sounds like a business maneuver, instead of a creative accomplishment.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 11:58 a.m. CST

    "...almost completed..." Pardon Me.

    by MattHooper

    I stand by my point, though.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 12:42 p.m. CST

    No one has explained...

    by Darth Macchio

    ..why "Mumble" in those Happy Feet movies has an obvious deformity in that he's an adult penguin who never lost his baby-penguin fur. An analogy would be an adult human being with the head of an infant. You and I both know it would be too distracting to have a conversation. The adult voice coming out of a baby head is boring as morons have been doing that in animated and now cgi commercials for years. Seeing it in person would be unsettling though. But to me the real odd thing would be the size of the head on an adult body. Or seeing adult expressions on a baby's face. And what's with the shadowy bow-tie? From the trailers, it looks as if he's now got his own kids and yet he's still got that fucking baby fur and baby fur pattens and yet it's not even mentioned or noticed? Did not a single other penguin look at Mumble and think, "Dude. Did you get your head stuck in a time machine like that dude in The Time Machine except in reverse? And so now, half his body is an infant and the other half is an adult? I couldn't get past this whole baby-head syndrome thing on that movie. Even with Massawyrm's epic review going off in a completely different direction.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 1:22 p.m. CST



    They should just ditch the Max character all together and simply call the film Fury Road. This allows them to play in the same universe (and the potential return of Gibson), while freeing them from having to recast beloved characters.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 1:53 p.m. CST

    I'd like to think that

    by Von_Trierstein

    in making all these family-friendly animal movies that Mr. Miller has built up an immense amount of rage and bile over the years that can only be released by the production of a firey, brutal new Mad Max series. But I don't know, the original Mad Max just has a certain spark and aggression to it that I haven't seen in any of his work since, and I wonder if he's just too much of a softie to put something like that out again. I think he could benefit from some young and pissed off collaborators. You know Tom Hardy will be a bad ass either way. Even if he spends the whole movie leafing through L.L. Bean catalogues and making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for his kids.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 2:17 p.m. CST

    cast David Hasselhoff as Max


    they cant get Mel so get Hoff

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 3:10 p.m. CST

    We already had a PG-13 Mad Max movie

    by Mr. Giant

    Thunderdome. So why is everyone acting like this is a death knell? Unless of course you hated Thunderdome in which case, fair enough...but I don't think the rating was the problem. Mad Max movies need car crashes and stunts to be awesome, and those don't involve blood so it's all good. With a few cuts Road Warrior could be PG-13...not that I'd want it to be.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 3:35 p.m. CST

    the only mad max i need

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    is from that epic 2pac video yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 4:45 p.m. CST

    The Only Way I'd watch Happy Feet 2 is...

    by conspiracy

    If it were named Happy Meal 2 and the cast included a pod of Hungry Orca's and some Leopard Seals.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Happy Feet made me want to burn my eyes out with a red hot poker

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    Terrible, hateful stuff. But I love me some Mad Max, and Hardy is kicking all sorts of arse at the moment. So if they don't water it down too much, then I'm all on board.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 8:35 p.m. CST


    by Darth_Kong

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 11:07 p.m. CST

    A person who can't spell "feet" likes the prequels

    by menacingphantom

    No surprise. And no wonder you are my movie taste Bizarro Superman. Sheeple can't spell. That's what makes them sheeple. Sheeple love the prequels. That's what makes prequels so much money.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 4:18 a.m. CST

    Re: montessaurus

    by ArmageddonProductions

    Thanks! I think you were the only one who read or got that post ...

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 6:40 a.m. CST

    RE: menacingphantom

    by ZodNotGod

    Like I'm the only one that hated those damn penguin movies. Get bent, please.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 10:11 a.m. CST

    @ armageddonproductions: bullet point spoilers rule...

    by Joaquin_Ondamoon

    "- many insiders with the production have compared it to both 2001 and SMOKEY & THE BANDIT." Lol-ed at that and 'DISPOSABLE BABE'. True dat.