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MAD MAX 4 in production'

Hey folks, Harry here... We all know that George Miller has been working on pre-production on MAD MAX 4 for years now... at least 2 years that I know of. It was all triggered by his amazing work on BABE 2: PIG IN THE CITY and his discovery of what could truly be done with wire removal and such. Now from Australia... Specifically The Melbourne Herald Sun, there comes word that George Miller has started production on the 4th in the Mad Max series. Now we know that Gibson is still working on WE WERE WARRIORS ONCE AND YOUNG... but then we had heard that Max wouldn't be in this chapter... that there was a strong liklihood that the story would center around the Feral Child... remember the Boomerang kid? But that's just a rumor. Another rumor had placed Heath Ledger as the lead... but noone has heard a damn whisper. PERSONALLY, I hope Miller has gone underground with this casting. I hope he has found new people to work with... Actors that we might not of seen before. And the more underground he goes with it, the more insane and MAX-like it can be. If this Melbourne paper knows what they are talking about... this will be the coolest news of the month in my opinion!

Hey harry,

It is Les here from MILLER to the MAX ,the only George Miller fansite on the net! Anyway, more to the point, here in Australia a Melbourne paper ran an article that Mad max 4 has gone into production and will be shooting in Morocco, before coming back to Australia to shoot in South Australia's mining town of Coober Pedy. Anyway, you can view the article at my site MillerToTheMax.Com in the Mad Max 4 section


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  • June 12, 2001, 2:54 a.m. CST

    NO WAY!!!!

    by weird v2.0

    Beyond Thunderdome was already dead when it came! And Mel Gibson IS too old and too cartoonish to play this bad-ass (Harrison Ford isn't to play Indy). Mr Miller, just say it isn't so.

  • June 12, 2001, 2:57 a.m. CST

    of course...

    by weird v2.0

    ... I forgot to say that Gibson SHOULD be the only Max. Ledger is just impossible for this role, for XristSake!

  • June 12, 2001, 2:57 a.m. CST

    Mel, listen to me: BIG NO NO

    by Freya

    Leave the past behind!!!

  • June 12, 2001, 3:04 a.m. CST

    And the third one worked so well...

    by Thorn Davis

    Are we to assume that the reception of Thunderdome was so ecstatic, it warranted a fourth movie. I'm interested to see how they do it. We've already seen Mad Max as a kids film. Now we get to see Mad Max... without Mad Max. Good idea...

  • June 12, 2001, 3:20 a.m. CST

    I doubt Gibson would do it

    by roctiv

    He turned down some other big action role because he felt he was too old for it (wish I could remember the movie).

  • June 12, 2001, 3:32 a.m. CST


    by Mr. Biege

    If "Noone heard a damn whisper", then he should tell us about it. And who is this Noone fella anyway?

  • June 12, 2001, 3:43 a.m. CST

    Mad Max IV: Beyond Geritol

    by Bill Carson

    The Mad Max saga comes to a thrilling conclusion as Max, now a doddering old man, tracks down and tries in vain to boink an equally decrepit Auntie Entity, an attempt that fails miserably when Max's dick falls off as a result of drinking radioactive hootch for 20-plus years. Now dickless, he is reduced to playing the guy in the Foster's beer commercials who says "Absolutely." Amusing cameos by the Feral Child, now grown up and searching for a dictionary so he can look up the word "feral" and find out why his chums are always laughing at him, and the Gyro Pilot, who is of course a completely unrelated character from all the other Gyro Pilots in the Mad Max movies even though he's played by the same actor in exactly the same way, round out the action-packed conclusion to Australia's most worn out export since Paul Hogan.

  • June 12, 2001, 4:06 a.m. CST

    "Thunderdome" had flashes of greatness...

    by Dave_F

    In fact, I'd say the entire first half is pretty damn cool. Then along come the kids (still better than Jar Jar), and everything kinda goes south. Pretty snazzy chase at the end, even if it feels like a rehash of "Road Warrior." Based on the good stuff, and the fact that Miller could produce the most vile hunk of crap and it *still* wouldn't weaken "Road Warrior" in any meaningful way...I wholeheartedly endorse another Mad Max film. If he screws it up, big whoop. We forget about it like we did "Alien 3" and remember Miller for his early stuff. But if by chance Miller has something good up his sleeve, maybe you want to miss that chance just because he stumbled once? Shit, at least "Thunderdome" was a sequel that dared to be different. Besides, the Mad Max future is simply one of the most compelling apocalyptic visions ever committed to film. I'd like to revisit it, and I'd even like to see what that freaky little Feral Kid is up to. How cool was that little bastard? Does he still have the music box? Didn't he become the chieftan of "The Great Northern Tribes" or somesuch, according to the closing narration of "Road Warrior." I want to see this Chieftan. I want to see him fighting off mutant scumbags with twin razor boomerangs! Now who's with me, you pack of cynical bastards?!

  • June 12, 2001, 4:16 a.m. CST

    Well maybe

    by Thorn Davis

    I'm becoming more and more sold on this as the Talkback ensues. Kinda like the twin boomerang kid idea, but then the doddery old max with no schlong sounds full of potential, too. Good point on the Gyro pilots, whoever said that. I watched MM3 again recently, straight after MM2 and the fact that he didn't recognise the bloke confused the fuck out of me. Mind you, so did the fact that the made a Mad Max film, you know, for kids.

  • June 12, 2001, 4:48 a.m. CST

    I say Mad Max should return!!!!

    by revam

    just to remind all those stupid wanna-be-mad-max hacks since... (waterworld, etc.) who the original... and the reaaalll badasss hero is!!!!

  • June 12, 2001, 4:49 a.m. CST

    Alien 3

    by Andy_Christ

    I don't wanna forget Alien 3. I liked it better when I was 15, but even as jaded as I am now, I still think it was decent. Now Alien *4*....

  • June 12, 2001, 4:53 a.m. CST

    if superMel ain't gonna do it; then forget it

    by herzaaes56

    I don't want some wimpy, pimply, soft-spoken Ledger-type actor to play this. As far as I'm concern this install will not work without a driver like Mel. - herzaaes56 out

  • June 12, 2001, 4:55 a.m. CST

    Watching thunderdome on DVD...

    by bluelou_boyle

    greatly improves the experience. The cinematography is fantastic, for example the shot of the blue mountains covered in sand. I also think the 'kids' aspect works. The first movie was a society on the brink of war and decay, the second movie showed a society ravaged with despair and savagery, and the third film showed that there was hope for the future after the acopolypse, that hope being the children. Barter towm, shithole that it is, represents the first step on the road to rebuilding society. (Althought they should probably dump Thunderdome.) I always thought the 'kids' section had an almost mythical aspect, especially, when they show 'Captain Walker' the crashed 747. The ending is one of my favourites, the music, flight through a ravaged sydney and narration sends a shiver down my spine. I reckon at least part of the movie should be set in a post-apocalyptic Sydney. 'and if they sees the distant light...they'll be coming home...'

  • June 12, 2001, 4:58 a.m. CST

    Can't we all just get beyond Thunderdome?

    by loucyphre

    First off, Mel Gibson will not do it. I believe he's said in the past he wouldn't. He's not mentioned for the part here. So, let him do his own stuff. And IF this movie gets made and IF the main character is even Max and not someone else in the same world, they should do what they always did. Get a bunch of unknown Aussie actors and don't let Sam Arkoff redub them, heh. Only star name in any of those films (barring Gibson who became a household name because of the Mad Max films) was Tina Turner in Beyond Thunderdome. Although Road Warrior is the best of the series, Thunderdome is underrated. The beauty of the Mad Max films is that each one shows the world in a different state. The first one has the world falling apart, the second is the chaos and lawlessness that ensues, the third one has the roads largely swept away by the blowing sand and entire generations that don't even remember how it started, they can only move on. My guess is that this world will not be Mad Max, Road Warrior or Beyond Thunderdome, but another evolution still. And hey, who's to say that won't work?

  • June 12, 2001, 5 a.m. CST

    roctiv - movies Mel Gibson turned down

    by jamie sonil

    Gladiator, The Fugitive, Three Kings, and just about every George Clooney movie (remember how George refers to making a career out of movies Mel turned down). Now, do you guys really think this movie is going to happen? The most reliable possibility: Mel would produce it, and become the cash cow they all want it to be.

  • June 12, 2001, 5:08 a.m. CST

    loucyphre - show me the money?

    by jamie sonil

    Mel's been playing this "show me the money" game since I can remember. He said before, "I'll never do Lethal Weapon movies again", then of course he got offered the fattest paycheck in hollywood (25Mil plus backend), thus the 4th LW, run all the way to the bank, not really thinking if it do anything to his career. These so-called A-list actors are businessmen/money-grabbing bastards first before anything else, you know.

  • June 12, 2001, 5:10 a.m. CST

    He's Profit & He's a Preacher

    by TectorGorch

    "Thunderdome" was a good film. Production design, concept, execution, it is a good movie despite and because of some of the George Lucas/Joseph Campbell influences. It does what good films like "2001", "Star Wars", and "Blade Runner" did- it creates a real world, a true enviroment where little beasties creep in the corner of the frame letting you know that when the camera is turned off that little beastie has his own little life. While RR was pure balls out adreniline, TD was more contemplative giving us a tour of recivilization in it's infancy. Showing us the two paths that humanity could follow. Humanities best instincts represented by the children, and it's worst represented by the denizons of Barter Town. On another note- I hope that David Eggby is back as cinematographer. When I was flirting with becoming a film director I got to spend six months in Italy on the set of a movie he was doing the DP work for. I got to hang out and drink with his and his crew. He was the DP of the original "Mad Max" and he could have easily been a character in it. He told me tales of strapping a camera package to a car and just gunning it down the highway at 150mph. He's done good work since then from the beautiful (Man from Snowy River) to the bad ass (Pitch Black). I hope he's back for this, strapping cameras to anything that goes fast.

  • June 12, 2001, 5:15 a.m. CST


    by jamie sonil

    I do feel the luster of Mad Max has been stolen by many other hack-post-apocalyptic-characters. So I vote for a return as well. But, unlike most of you here, my problem would be George Miller. Bring in Ridley Scott. He always ask whenever Mel is available.

  • June 12, 2001, 5:19 a.m. CST

    George Clooney took all the roles Mel turned down???

    by Alonzo Hawk

    That's it, Mad Max 4 with Clooney. It's Genius. No one would even know Mel is missing, they kind of look alike and with that awful Max Hairdoo, no one would be the wiser. I also always said that Mel and George sound uncannily alike. At least I can't tell their voices apart.

  • June 12, 2001, 5:21 a.m. CST


    by revam

    that's horrible. imagine somebody spying the mel gibson's garbage bin, looking for movies he turned down. I find that quite funny... but yeah, I've heard of that.

  • June 12, 2001, 5:51 a.m. CST

    I love Thunderdome as well

    by mdi6a

    last year, me and my friends go hiking to the dunes in the middle east. and at the top before we slide down our bathtub... "WELLLLCOME!! TO ANOTHER EDITION OF THUNDERDOME!!!!!! In perfect Tina Turner accent...I want this movie to happen!!

  • June 12, 2001, 5:51 a.m. CST

    Mad Max DVD...

    by bluelou_boyle

    IS available on DVD with original soundtrack, albeit in Region 2. So Koomo I hope you've got a multi-region player. I personally like the instumental score, by Maurice Jarre I think, for Thunderdome.

  • June 12, 2001, 6:46 a.m. CST

    Make another one in the vein of "The Road Warrior"

    by Rant_Man

    I think, that Road Warrior is THE Mad Max movie. The first one was a good storyline...but somewhat lacking in style. The only cool thing about the third was the beginning, when he rides in, and unloads all that weaponary, yet he doesn't even get to use any of it!! And the Thunderdome fight scene with Master Blaster. I'd like to see Max reunite with a grown up Feral Kid, who maybe went back to find "the one who only exists now, in his memories".

  • June 12, 2001, 8:01 a.m. CST

    "Well aren't we a pair,... raggedy man."

    by Kyle.Reese

    Man I love that moment in Thunderdome. Roger Ebert was right when he said that the Mad Max movies just seemed to get better. They did. I love those three movies. But I'm not too confident on the idea of a Max movie without Max. These movies worked because of three things, brilliant dialogue, brilliant action and Mel Gibson's screen presense (just watch these movies and see). I DO NOT want to see that fool Heath Ledger anywhere near Mad Max. I also don't wanna revisit the Feral Kid. These movies work because, like someone mentioned earlier, the films move forward into this evolving futuristic world. I wanna see something new, not a repeat of The Road Warrior... A new original adventure of Mad Max is what I wanna see up on the big screen.

  • June 12, 2001, 8:03 a.m. CST

    No to Mad Max 4!

    by ashton75

    I say no to having a Mad Max 4. I agree that Mel Gibson wouldn't do it. And I just can't see Heath Ledger as the new Mad Max. I don't hate Ledger, but I just can't see him in that part. The Feral Kid, might be an interesting idea. But oh God, do we really need Mad Max 4? I don't think so.

  • June 12, 2001, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Babe 2 = Underrated!

    by Studio Lackey

    One of the best sequels of all time, sadly ignored and underappreciated.

  • June 12, 2001, 8:36 a.m. CST

    "Not shit, Fuel."

    by ats165

    It just might turnout better than without Gibson. I don't think I can stand another film with Mel Gibson. I've seen him play William Wallace in the Patriot and almost every other serious roll. Oh, well anything is better than What Women Want.

  • June 12, 2001, 9:49 a.m. CST

    american audiences....

    by half vader

    Sigh. Have ANY of you ragging on Heath Ledger actually seen him in the incredibly good Aussie movie 'Two Hands'? Thought not.

  • June 12, 2001, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Mad Max without Mad Max? Indeed.....

    by Cookleberry

    You CAN NOT have this movie without Mel Gipson. Continue the Saga. Let us see Max as a crippled old bastard that's still kicking ass- Like they did to Batman in Kingdom Come - **** If this movie really wanted to rock they would kill him off in the last scene saving the feral boy and the gyro pilot. - Finally at the end Max sacrifices himself to try and make a better world.**** This idea about replacing Max as the lead with the feral boy won't work. The only chance it would have is if Hugh Jackman was the boy.****That's another thing........Heath Ledger???- what a puss. Jackman would be bad-ass as Max. I hope they don't though.**** Keep Mel !!! Hell, Max is supposed to be a raggedy man anyway, right?

  • June 12, 2001, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Max 4 could be damn cool...

    by Anti-fanboy

    I'm with ya Cormorant--you, too, bluelou--lots of potential in this series. And Gibson is hardly too old--he could still handily kick most everybody's ass in this TB (as if that were any criteria). He's only 45, for chrissakes! Besides, the worn, leathery look is practically Max's trademark.

  • June 12, 2001, 12:04 p.m. CST


    by Kyle.Reese

    There's a spin-off right there for you, forget a Feral Kid movie.

  • June 12, 2001, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Mad Max + Babe = Planet of the Pigs!!!

    by NYCrex

    You see, the pigs that created the crap energy in Thunderdome evolve and take over the world.

  • June 12, 2001, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Mel IS Mad Max

    by Wino-Forever

  • June 12, 2001, 2:19 p.m. CST

    why the first two mm movies were better than the third-

    by HeywoodFloyd

    in a word, cars. in mm, when the guy in the garage builds that car for him, and the camera just lingers on it, you know the director loves cars. in rw, when he rigs the car to blow up, it's like he just killed his best friend--a major character just died. then for thunderdome we get kids instead of cars--not quite the same. if you're gonna make mm4, put some damn car chases in it. i saw mm last year on the big screen, and those opening scenes with the night rider are pretty damn impressive from a production standpoint. ps-to the guy who was bragging about hanging out with the dp of mm, that car was doing 150 mph in austrailia, huh? hmmm....

  • June 12, 2001, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Two men enter. One man leaves.

    by MCVamp

    Say what you want about Thunderdome, it had more great lines than the first two combined.

  • June 12, 2001, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Problems with "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome"...

    by crimsonrage

    ...I don't think that "Beyond Thunderdome" is that bad of a film, but its problems are far more glaring in contrast to the first and second film's faults. First of all, Tina Turner was horrible (esp. the song at the beginning of the film...that really dated the movie). Second, the unnecessary slapstick comedy (esp. crap like the scene where the kid hits the guy with a frying pan, the guy smiles and then passes out..."Mad Max" isn't a frickin' "Bugs Bunny" cartoon for goodness sake!). Third, the chase at the end was not only a rip-off of the finale to "The Road Warrior", it wasn't exciting and didn't have the brutal intensity of the first two films. Now on to the good stuff. First and foremost, the world Miller created was fantastic. A wonderful and logical expansion of the societies founded in "Mad Max" and "The Road Warrior". Second, I loved the kid's society (esp. their religion founded on viewmaster slides...very original stuff) If Spielberg's "Hook" would have been anything like the kids in "Beyond Thunderdome" I don't think it would have been so derided. Third, the cinemtography was excellent. Fourth, the costumes and character designs were great, as were the vehicles. So in closing, whenever I watch "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome" it feels kind of bittersweet, in the fact that it's entertaining but could have been SO much more. Bring on a sequel done right.

  • June 12, 2001, 5:43 p.m. CST

    by Fat Lot Of Good

    Hey, they are releasing the original Mad max with the aussie accents on dvd in the states later this year. I think Max 4 will be unreal just because george Miller is making it. Now there is a guy who knows how to make a film!!!!!!!

  • June 12, 2001, 7:05 p.m. CST


    by SimpsonsQuoteMan

    "900 dollary-doos!! Tobias! Did you make a long distance call to the states?" - Aussie farmer ------- greetings from canberra. and yes, australia is crawling with koalas. they're a goddamn pest! getting in your roof cavity, making nests in the gutters to raise their millions of young. true, hundreds die, but many more go on to breed when they reach adulthood, after they hibernate for 12 years buried under the ground. after that they lose their wings and become soldier koalas, while one becomes the queen koala, on which the queen alien was based. its basically identical, but about the size of a german shepard. however, quite vicious, and prone to spitting. the koalas that americans see are all robots, made to 'resemble' bears to not alarm the world to the very real possiblility of TOTAL WORLD DOMINATION by these grotesque sub-creatures.

  • June 12, 2001, 7:10 p.m. CST

    "Underground" also means no AICN coverage...


    ...which would be just fine in my opinion. AICN gets way too many scoops ruining way too many movies for the rest of us. Who wants to hear from AICN that a movie sucks two years before the thing comes out? Not me! I'll make up my own mind, thanks! Hope this Mad Max 4 film comes way under the radar and blows the doors off all these cheesy undercover reviewers AICN has got once it's released, surprising the heck out of them all. If I were a director, I'd have my set closed to AICN tighter than a cheapskate.

  • June 12, 2001, 7:36 p.m. CST

    Aussie MM DVD? WooHoo if it's true

    by mad maximus

    Then I can chuck that worn out bootleg I go many moons ago. And the funny thing is, I went overseas and picked up a bunch of VCDs and MM was one of them, turned out that it was the crappy American dub. Even on the other side of the planet, there is no escape from the bad dub version. Major bummer. Would anyone know the region code for this DVD if this news is true?

  • June 12, 2001, 7:50 p.m. CST


    by lil' bastard

    Rudyfoul, you've been watching too many nature documentaries. Koalas are only really ofund on the eastern coast of Australia. They're not rare/endangered, but they're not that common. I live on the east coast and have never ever seen one in the wild, and I go camping a bit. They only eat one type of eucalyptus leaf and tend to die when sent overseas. Oh, and they piss on politicians too. Really. Now a few dingoes would be good - they're real killers.

  • June 12, 2001, 8:21 p.m. CST

    "Why, he's just a raggedy man."

    by Uncapie

    I still think they should have some Komodo Dragons in it. Chomped on Sharon Stone's husband's foot. Arrogant mother fuckers have to have a private tour and screw with the animals up close. Lil' dragon should have chomped on his balls, but Sharon cut those off the day they got married.

  • June 12, 2001, 8:27 p.m. CST

    If it doesn't have awesome cars....


    ... It ain't Max Max. That's the number one thing that sucked about Thunderdome was all the vehicles were cheezy dune buggies. Fans liked Mad Max and The Road Warrior for the wild cars, the car chases, relentless violence and revenge. No black Interceptor and no Gibson, it's just another movie in the desert.

  • June 12, 2001, 8:31 p.m. CST

    sadly, no one else can be Mad Max except Mel

    by cynthia_555_

    is there really any other actor who has as much physicality and screen presence, and charisma to don the Mad Max outfit, that rugged voice, those thighs! No one!!! I want Mel back in that skin tight, dick hugging leather suit now!!!!! :)

  • June 12, 2001, 9:56 p.m. CST

    First Of All, George Miller Should Forget That He Ever Head Of J

    by Buzz Maverik

    It's not Joseph Campbell's fault. He's an innocent professor of mythology, writes a fine book on heroic archetypes, and these idiot filmmakers (first Miller then Lucas) get ahold of it and take it as a shortcut to what they were doing better naturally. Thanks to THE HERO WITH A THOUSAND FACES we get the lost kids and waterslide of THUNDERDOME. Does anybody remember the theatrical trailer for THUNDERDOME. THAT is still one of the best movies I've ever seen. They should have just shown the trailer over and over for two hours. I would have been happier seeing the movie I was anticipating instead of what I saw. I figured ol' Max would lose some sort of dune buggy chase and get robbed, not too different than the movie. He shows up in Barter Town and much like YOJIMBO, plays Master Blaster and Entity against each other. Then he discovers children used as slave labor in the depths of the town and the only way he can free them is to enter Thunderdome. Now, I got a kick out of the reverse bungee battle, but like many of you said MAD MAX IS CARS. IT WAS MILLER'S LATE PARTNER, BYRON KENNEDY WHO WAS THE CAR NUT & I'VE COME TO THINK THAT KENNEDY WAS BEHIND WHAT WAS GOOD ABOUT THOSE KENNEDY/MILLER FILMS. So I thought Thunderdome would be like a demolition derby from hell. It'd be a true death race, with Max wagering his life for the children's freedom. I don't think Miller should do a sequel. I think that he should remake the first movie with a big budget, better production values and make it more consistent with the second movie. With nomad gangs roaming the highways, why did Max and Jesse take a road trip? How could they afford the fuel? What exactly would Max have done if quit the Bronze? What was the Bronze mission? It could be made clearer that society had lost, that the Bronze were the last protection for the survivors and they were dropping. And as cold, dark and interesting as Max's final encounter with Johnny the Boy, I'd prefer to see a new film that ended after an action sequence (a chase, has to be a chase!) that signified the final fall. I mean, Johnny the Boy? Johnny was so pathetic to begin with, he was the Toecutter's bitch. I'd like the see a remake that ended with the destruction of the Glory Riders and the Bronze and had Max driving off on that highway to oblivion.

  • June 12, 2001, 10:55 p.m. CST

    Might have.


    Not "might of"

  • June 12, 2001, 11 p.m. CST

    Heath Ledger should be washing Mel Gibson's car

    by MrFrost

    Ledger is a punk, and should keep making movies for 14yr old girls to get heir first moisty over, like that moronic knight film. Mel + mutants + fast cars = my ticket money

  • June 12, 2001, 11:10 p.m. CST

    Mad Max 4: Pig in the Desert

    by Mishima

    The first 2 Maxes were tributes to the Motor Car, and Motor Hoons. They really appealed to the young guy with his hotted up V8 Ford, fat wheels and annoying musical horn. ThunderDome lost that. It was inventive and well made, but it lost it's Roadwarrior-ness. If they make Max Max 4, it should be along the lines of "The Feral Kid and his tribe discovers a long lost Ford Dealership ..." Pig in the City. Again, a well made movie, but so DAMN DEPRESSING.

  • June 12, 2001, 11:40 p.m. CST

    Does this mean that Tina Turner could return?

    by RogerMoore'sHair

    Well...does it?

  • June 13, 2001, 3:24 a.m. CST

    Good overview of "Thunderdome", Crimsonrage...

    by Dave_F

    Almost exactly sums up my feelings of what went wrong and what went right with that flick. For more on the "what went right", here's a link to Roger Ebert's glowing review from back in '85:

  • June 13, 2001, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Thanks Cormy...

    by crimsonrage you mind if I call you "Cormy"? And now here is a picture of Conan O'Brien ?:^)

  • June 13, 2001, 5:26 p.m. CST

    by Billy Bizar

    Let's not forget the kangaroos! There must be plenty of them!