‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ to Undergo Reshoots in November

Published 2 years ago by , Updated September 4th, 2013 at 9:08 pm,

Mad Max Fury Road Production Hell Mad Max: Fury Road to Undergo Reshoots in November

Few film production roads have been as bumpy as Mad Max: Fury Road, a.k.a. Mad Max 4. Some variation of the film, for those who don’t know, has been in the works since the release of Beyond Thunderdome (1985). It was shutdown twice previously – once with Mel Gibson attached and once with Tom Hardy – due to the Iraq War and out of season flowers, respectively. Then, when the film finally went into production, it got behind schedule, went over budget, and the studio sent people to the set to keep a watchful eye on director George Miller.

Well, add one more bump to the road. After being a complete no-show at Comic-Con 2013 and mysteriously absent in terms of early online publicity, Fury Road is going back for reshoots.

Fury Road initially finished shooting back in December 2012 in South Africa. According to If.com.au, three weeks of additional shooting will begin November 22nd, 2013 and “at least some members of the ensemble cast” will take part. That’s basically a year between shoots. Is this being mandated by Warner Bros.? Was it suggested by the director? The report doesn’t specify.

Now, it’s worth noting that reshoots on a film aren’t an immediate cause for concern. After all, plenty of films that have been “plagued by reshoots” have gone on to be perfectly enjoyable – and sometimes even excellent! World War Z is a good example of a film that was notorious for rewrites and reshoots, to the point that most film prognosticators predicted its imminent box office demise. A half a billion dollars later and it’s hard to argue that those reshoots weren’t the least bit beneficial.

 Mad Max: Fury Road to Undergo Reshoots in November

The only known image of Tom Hardy as Mad Max

Still, the news is a little disconcerting for a film like Fury Road because of its already tumultuous history. As previously stated, there have been delays, shutdowns, replacement actors, budgetary problems, concerned studio executives, and now reshoots. With problems like these, one would hope that George Miller might start seeing some smooth sailing at some point.

If.com.au notes that Fury Road is expected to be released in 2014 from Warner Bros-Village Roadshow Pictures – and yet Village Roadshow doesn’t have the film on its schedule. It certainly seems possible that we might not see the fourth Mad Max film until the end of 2014 or even in 2015, which is already getting pretty crowded as is (hey there, Star Wars 7, Avengers 2, Batman vs. Superman, Avatar 2, James Bond 24, and so on).

Then again, Miller and company have been working on the film for well over a year at this point and three weeks of shooting is certainly not a massive undertaking. Perhaps the reshoots are just the finishing touches and the film will be ready to hit theaters next year. Let’s hope so.

What say you, Screen Ranters? Are you concerned about the reshoots, given the perilous journey Mad Max 4 has already taken on its way to the big screen? Drop us a line in the comments.


Mad Max: Fury Road – starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Zoë Kravitz, Megan Gale, and more – doesn’t have a release date yet, but we’ll keep you updated as more information becomes available.

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  1. I’m surprise its not called Mad Max: Age of Fury Road

    • that was probably my favorite comment ever.

  2. I don’t think additional shooting is the same as reshooting. After all Mad Max was orginally set in Australia, so I’m not suprised by this announcement.

  3. This doesn’t sound good, since principle shooting wrapped up late last year and reshooting is happening almost a year later… sounds like WB is trying to salvage a huge financial mess, reshoot some stuff and maybe have something worth putting out rather then just pulling the plug and calling it a wash.

  4. I think the people responsible for this movie should take this as a sign that the movie should not be made.

  5. No Mel , no thanks.

    • Agreed.

      • Also agreed. Don’t know if you’ve seen a picture of him lately, but he has really put some muscle on and toned up, possibly for his role in Expendables 3, but perhaps he has just taken up weight lifting as well.

        • I’m with you. anyone can play Superman or Batman. Mel WAS Mad Max. I might have bought “son of Max” – but otherwise, yeah, no Mel, no point.

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  8. I always thought that this was an odd choice for Tom Hardy. I think he’s talented enough for material other reboots of old franchises. Although that’s kind of the flavor of the month nowadays, it ties you down for too many pictures for too many years especially if the first movie bombs. For example why is it taking so long from the end of principal photography to deciding almost a year later to do more shooting? What were they doing in the mean time?

  9. Well, obviously, (at least according to some people on this website), Warner Bros-Village Roadshow Pictures saw Man of Steel and then decided they needed to go back and do some re-shoots to make this movie more like Man of Steel, simply the greatest movie ever made in history of film making.

    Why are you laughing?

  10. With all these problems, I can already tell it’s going to be a bad movie.

  11. Well, this is George Miller’s project, problem like this is bound to happen. Though, caption “The only known image of Tom Hardy as Mad Max” had me snickering. It sounds like he has been missing after shooting or something.

    • Who run Bartertown?

  12. Maybe Mel’s back after all and they’re reshooting all the scenes that had Tom in ‘em.

    Ya heard it here first, sports fans…

  13. So is this a reboot or a continuation or a side story or what? Is Tom Hardy playing the exact same character as Mel Gibson or is it just a similar person in the same universe?

    • Continuation. Essentially mad max 4 Mel will make a cameo as another character.

      • That was a rumor from some random website. Both Mel and Charlize Theron have said that he’s not in it at all. Maybe he’ll end up having a cameo, but I’ve yet to see any actual evidence of it.

        • He won’t be in it, although he should have been the star of it.

    • I would say it’s somewhere between a sequel and a reboot. It’s the same character, but it’s also trying to revitalize the character and the world.

  14. I really like Mad Max and Road Warrior. I saw Thunderdome as a kid and was kinda bored to be honest. I wanna see this. Hopefully it ends up a decent movie.

  15. no matter what problems there are , they will never match the true action classic that is Mad Max 2

  16. I’m really looking forward to this movie.

    As much as the critics love to say it’s going to fail (like they did with WWZ and basically any Michael Bay movie)…it’s going to do really well.

    And…I’ll guarantee (Just like I did with WWZ) that it will do well AND there will be a sequel.

    Mark it down.

  17. Sure taking their sweet time making this movie. But its no Waterworld, Prometheus or Avatar.

  18. I was gobsmacked when World War Z was a success. Forster just came off a bomb at the box office, Machine Gun Preacher, lots of rumors about Pitt clashing with Forster then the reshoots so just goes to prove you never know. But somehow filming in Africa seems almost blasphemous. And I’m not even Aussie just a fan of the original trilogy and in particular Road Warrior.

  19. Damn ! I dont like this hopefully they accomplish this project with no more delays, tired of waiting. A September release will be nice

  20. I watched Mad Max for the first time the other day to be honest I was kinda bored with it that’s not to say there weren’t enjoyable moments in it but there were a lot of parts that just really fell flat with me. Though I still plan on seeing Mad Max 2: Road Warrior and Mad Max 3: Beyond Thunderdome and even this film when it comes out I just hope none of them have as many dull moments as the first

    • Road Warrior is the one to watch. I like Mad Max fine, but the second one is a masterpiece of sparse action-adventure.

      • Yeah that is why im gonna give a shot because I hear its the best and a lot of people seem to really like it and so I figure if im also gonna watch number 2 I might as well watch the 3rd and the 4th whenever it comes out