‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Production Delays: Warner Bros. Intervenes

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 10:26 pm,

mad max fury road 33674 Mad Max: Fury Road Production Delays: Warner Bros. Intervenes

Ever since the end of Beyond Thunderdome’s theatrical run in 1985, fans of the popular Mad Max films have been eagerly awaiting another sequel. Hollywood was poised to give them one, but as we all know, things in the movie business don’t always go according to plan. After dealing with numerous production delays, financial troubles and post-9/11 travel and shipping restrictions, the project entered “development hell,” from which many suspected it would never escape. However, the passionate director of the original three films, George Miller, remained determined to carry the torch for Mad Max 4.

Miller’s fire has kept the light from burning out, but there have undoubtedly been moments where it was dimming. After seeing Mel Gibson drop out, and after enduring nearly another decade of production turmoil under Miller’s watch, the fourth installment in the Mad Max franchise, Mad Max: Fury Road, finally started shooting in Namibia in July, with Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) playing the titular character that Gibson made famous (and vice versa). With Miller finally getting to capture his vision – and with a $100 million to $125 million budget at his disposal, things finally seemed to be going smoothly – that is, until it was announced that production on Fury Road  is at least five days behind schedule.

Sources told The Hollywood Reporter this week that amidst obvious concern for the film, Warner Bros. President Jeff Robinov flew to the Africa set a few weeks ago to evaluate the situation and apparently the report was not glowing. The studio has assigned producer Denise di Novi to supervise the ongoing production and report any further problems. Robinov believes di Novi’s presence on set will help move things along, so that the movie can wrap on time – a deadline currently set for the end of November

Said Robinov:

 “It’s easier having someone there who has experience and who can keep us posted on the day’s events.”

WB will also be keeping a close eye on the books, as Miller has a history of going over budget.  This was the case on the production of the animated film Happy Feet 2, which Miller also made at Warner Bros.

‘Fury Road’ Concept Art

Set photos revealed in recent months have shown that the money is appearing to be well spent, at least so far, as Miller attempts to recapture the desolate landscape and the imaginative post-apocalyptic world that the previous entries deeply ingrained in the minds of moviegoers. Much of the expense is likely attributed to the road-ripping vehicles and the creative, but savage weaponry that will appear in the film.

As far as the script and plot details go, a synopsis was released by Miller a couple of months back; the story will follow Max and a group of survivors fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by Imperator Furiosa, who will be portrayed by Charlize Theron (Prometheus). The film will be an account of the ensuing road war.

However the final product turns out, fans of the originals will surely come out in droves for the highly-anticipated and way-overdue Fury Road. It certainly has been a long and furious… er, road for the film thus far, but hopefully it reaches the finish line.There is also a fifth addition to the franchise in the works, Mad Max: Furiosa, which Miller could shoot right after he finishes Fury Road.

Mad Max: Fury Road is currently expected for a 2013 release, but no specific date has been announced.

Source: THR


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  1. Show White, Prometheus, Mad Max… Charlize Theron is heading down type-cast lane pretty fast. She should take on a couple of “good girl” roles to break the “coldhearted b****” chain. ;)

    • Who said she’s acting?

      • Haha yeah she strung along poor Stuart Townsend for years

  2. The movie gods really don’t want this movie to be made do they! Miller has about the same luck as Terry Gilliam who’s famous troubles making Don Quixote were eventually made into documentary Lost in La Mancha!

    Let’s hope Fury Road turns out to be worth all of the trouble, time and money!

    • absolutely, filming crew has been unlucky lately. I have a feeling the film will be worth the wait

  3. I didn’t realize this was being directed bye the same person who directed the 1st 3 films. That’s obviously my fault for not paying attention but I was mostly thinking that this was going to be another remake directed by a music video or commercial youngster that would ultimately be terrible and forgotten about shortly after it’s release.
    Granted, all those things can still happen but there’s something about the original director working on this film that makes me feel better about it.

    • Millers CV has been a rather mixed bag since making the last Mad Max movie, mostly kids films Babe and Happy Feet, he seems to be like the Australian Terrence Malik, takes years to get anything made!

  4. This movie is gonna be sick! Can’t wait! Thanks for the report!! I’m more pumped for this movie than Iron Man 3!

  5. I am curious to know why they are behind schedule. If it takes longer to make a quality pic then it takes longer. Warner Bros sending someone in to “supervise” sounds shady to me. If anything this supervisor will speed things up and I dont know if that is such a good thing. All I can do is speculate but things like this do not boost my confidence in the finished product.

  6. Hope this doesn’t delay the movie love Tom hardy looking forward to this

  7. I agree, when studios start meddling in the creative process…films usually turn into commercialized garbage. WB should just let Miller make the movie the way its meant to be made. “Supervising” the production will just mess with his creative juices. He is shooting in the unpredictable terrains of Africa, crazy weather will cause delays and I don’t think someone named Denise di Novi can control that.

    • yeah. last time the director was given full creative control and no studio involvement, we got star wars ep 1, 2, 3.
      Studios should be involved and its not at all that studios dont care about the movie and they just want to make a huge bag of cash. they want to make it great. if its great that means more money.
      usually when films are bad, its because while filming, it may seem great but on the editing floor they realise how bad it is. they cant discard it or spend millions more. they have to have faith in their marketing dept. to try make back money lost on the movie.

  8. HAHAHAHAHA! This film is a joke. Money poorly spent.

  9. If Mel isn’t staring in it I won’t spend my money to see it. The storie should of been aging Max discovers he has a long lost illegitimate son that would end up taking over the franchise but unfortunately this is just another remake waste of money.
    They could have really done something here but once again, very short sighted and uncreative people in Hollywood .
    Mel is max and he should have died in this one to give all us diehard fans closure. But alas I’m saddened by this.