‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Set for Release in Summer 2015

Published 9 months ago by , Updated November 21st, 2013 at 8:03 pm,

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2015 is shaping up to be the year of the sequels, and that’s saying something when the box office has a tendency to be dominated by sequels, remakes and reboots anyway. Not only is The Avengers: Age of Ultron, the follow-up the highest-grossing comic book movie of all time, coming out at the start of the summer season, 2015′s release schedule is also populated by sequels to a number of massive franchises that have lain dormant for a while.

The most prominent of these is Star Wars Episode VII, the first of Disney’s new trilogy and one of the most talked-about shock announcements of the past year, and dinosaurs are also getting a revamp in Jurassic World. Two superhero titans will go head to head in Batman vs. Superman and – most exciting of all – SpongeBob and friends will be back on the big screen in SpongeBob Squarepants 2.

One long-dormant franchise that is also getting a 21st century sequel is Mad Max, the series of low-budget action movies that originally starred a young Mel Gibson. Mad Mad: Fury Road will be the fourth film in the series, with director George Miller once again behind the camera and Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) taking over the role of the expert in all things vendetta: “Mad” Max Rockatansky.

With such a prominent star in the lead, it seems that Warner Bros. isn’t afraid to push Mad Max: Fury Road out into the competitive summer release schedule, and has set a release date of May 15th, 2015. This places its release a fortnight after that of The Avengers: Age of Ultron (AKA the summer movie that no one wants to compete with) and leaves it currently well-positioned as the only major release scheduled for that week, though of course there’s potential for other movies to muscle in on the highly desirable mid-May period.

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There have been some concerns surrounding Mad Max: Fury Road after production was delayed by several days and Warner Bros. sent an extra producer out to the Namibian filming location in order to effectively babysit the production and ensure that things moved along smoothly. Understandable, considering the fact that with an estimated budget of $100-125 million, Mad Max: Fury Road will be by far the most expensive Mad Max movie to date. That budget will likely end up climbing even further, as Hardy recently said that he was returning to do reshoots that will add further material.

While this boldly-placed release might be in part due to the need to turn a profit from Mad Max: Fury Road‘s considerable price tag, it also suggests that Warner Bros. is confident in what Miller has achieved in this next chapter of the franchise. Assuming he hasn’t lost his touch for great action moments, the trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road is very much going to be something to look forward to.

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Mad Max: Fury Road will arrive in theaters on May 15th, 2015.

Source: Warner Bros.

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  1. I seriously hope this is the last release date. They’ve been putting this off for ridiculously too long.

  2. Of course it is, lol.

  3. I recently saw the original for the first time in decades. It held up surprisingly well. I’m looking forward to this version.

    • if it EVER GETS RELEASED!! freaking warner bros…

    • Are you serious? I thought it looked horrible last time I watched it a decade ago.
      The Road Warrior and Beyond Thunderdome held up ok. But Mad Max is god awful.

      IMO.

      • Don’t really get that assessment. I’ve watched that movie many times, and at least in the last ten years. I agree that it holds up.

        It’s not a fantastic movie in the first place, but I remember the last time I watched it admiring the fast and skillful editing at the very least. And it’s obviously a low budget movie and as such it makes use of a great premise that allowed for low production. It’s well-paced too. Look at any low budget movie (ever). Most of them tend to linger too long on every single scene. This movie moves along rather well. It’s better than a lot of much higher budget movies that have come since.

      • I still stand by my assessment. As cheesy as it may seem now, its action scenes had moments of brilliance that I definitely didn’t appreciate watching it as a child. Or it may have been refreshing to see the creativity required of filmmakers when they have a meager budget and no CG crutch to lean on.

  4. Wow really? I wouldn’t be surprised if it just gets shelved at this point. That’s retarded. I was getting pretty psyched to see what Tom Hardy could do with the role.

  5. 2015 is so full of (hopefully) great movies, this is brilliant! I feel sorry for 2016.

    • And 2014

  6. I thought ID4 Part 2 was pushed back til 2016??

    WB must think that Fury Road is gonna be a hit, because releasing it anywhere near the Avengers sequel is just sheer madness!!

    You would of though that with all the reshoots, delays and budget skyrocketing they would put it in a month where they could get the best out of it….. What about a April or August or October release date?

    • Ack, so it was. Release date musical chairs throwing me off again.

  7. Why May 2015? That year is getting crowded and crowded. Why not 2014 or 2016 that felt quite… empty? I guess 2014 is Marvel’s year then… hmmmm

  8. I love some Mad Max, but Mad Max VS Superman/Batman/AND Star Wars?
    You lose Mad Max.

  9. Its obvious after all the delays

  10. This sounds more like a burial than a placement. They might as well just bring it put during the slow movie period, unless Warner wants this to be a loss leader

  11. “Looks like I got myself some gasoline, eh, eh.”

  12. Tom Hardy has to make sure he’s not squandering his options by going with too many questionable franchise reboots. His name gets mentioned along with the usual hot names like Fassbender and JGL for all the reboot roles. But he’s got to remember to keep doing the smaller more artistic roles. Looks like he has a couple coming out next year. I’m just worried about him being tied down to bad deals that prevent him from doing something else. This film is looking more and more like one of those bad deals.

  13. This sounds like murder (shelving this movie) or suicide (going up against the likes of every other movie in 2015)

  14. I want to play Fallout 3 now.

  15. Movie is quickly starting wander into Avatar and Prometheus production schedules lengths.

  16. I nominate Miller for Guinness book of world records award for longest pre-production and production schedule. Two days ago I saw a rig that’ll haul that tanker……you wanna finish this movie, talk to me.

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