Hey folks, Harry here with a pair of reports telling us exactly where the state of production is currently at. Apparently that Australian Newspaper got their story all wrong and jumped the gun... However, we have a report stating where the film is at... what is going on and so on. Plus another report from allegedly inside production... I imagine that there is quite a bit of Storyboards and Animatics at work in the pre-production world of MAD MAX 4... and God, wouldn't ya love to lay hands on those storyboards?
This ran in the Encore online newsletter today, Encore being the Australian trade mag.
If you run this, please credit me as 'Rasputin'.
Miller still writing 'Mad Max 4'
by Annette Madjarian
Writer/director George Miller is still in the process of writing Mad Max 4 and will continue to do so for some months yet, according to his office, despite claims production was currently underway.
Miller's assistant Belinda Johns this week quashed reports that production had begun on the latest Mad Max instalment.
"George is still writing the story, so nothing is for certain yet, but when it happens, it will happen quickly," she said.
It's not known whether Mel Gibson would take the lead role in the film - there have been reports he may join as a producer.
It's likely the script will be completed by the end of the year, with shooting expected to begin early to mid next year at an unknown location.
Harry here... alright, so the script isn't done, but George is still hammering out the film... Well our man, OrsonWelles, a rather inconspicuous fellow... was lurking about and making dangerous friends in Sydney and came up with this story about the production... A story that seems to jive with the above state of production. Oh yeah baby, Like MAD MAX 2... that's what I want to hear... Mythic Badassness! Oh yeah....
Hi there. About five years ago I submitted, to coming attractions, a piece about a friend of mine working at Kennedy Miller here in Sydney. They didn't use it but basically it was that my friend had told me that Brendan McCarthy was down here doing production designs for Mad Max 4, strange cars and villages etc. About a yearlater the same story showed up on their site credited to someone else...
Anyway with the recent talk of MM4 I can tell YOU that another friend of mine is working on the project and says a freelance storyboard artist who has worked on Episode 2 and Matrix Reloaded has been working non stop for Miller for the last year story boarding this movie.
He confirms Brendan McCarthy's presence here in Oz and also tells me that Mel himself has had a few sit downs in the offices back when he had a shaved head for some reason. He comes in from time to time to check on the progress of the project. (Apparently he fidgits a lot when talked to, and likes to put his feet on the desk.) My friend also tells me that there is no script as such for MM4 and that they are working off storyboards. George plans to make a very visual movie and he plans to get the series back to the feel of Mad Max 2 (The Road Warrior). He couldn't tell me any of the story or even confirm whether Mel has signed, only saying that he is interested.
And that's about all I know. Except this tidbit in the mid eighties there were plans to make a Mad Max TV series starring Aussie actor Jon Blake (The LightHorsemen) but then Blake had a car accident and has been hospitalised ever since. The US networks found themselves with a hole in their schedule and had to scramble to find a replacement and so Knightrider was born. It always bugs me that if Blake hadn't had that accident we might have been spared Baywatch.
Anyway that's everything. Use it or not I don't care.