Few films have had a history as troubled as Mad Max: Fury Road, the fourth film in the beloved Mad Max series. Twice now, the film was supposed to go into production (once with Mel Gibson and again with Tom Hardy), but was delayed due to the Iraq War and torrential rains, respectively.

Whereas most filmmakers would’ve given up on Fury Road at this point, director George Miller seems determined to make it a reality with Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) on board as the titular Max. Today, we have pictures of some of the gnarly, post-apocalyptic vehicles we’ll be seeing if the film ever makes it to the big screen.

Check out the vehicles below, courtesy of Republikein:

And one from a few months back, courtesy of The Age:

It’s anybody’s guess as to whether or not this fourth film can capture the classic sort of chemistry that, for example, Mad Max 2: Road Warrior had. It’s a lofty goal, to be sure. Many Mad Max fans were disappointed by Mad Max 3: Beyond Thunderdome – some would even say that it neutered Max himself — and are similarly concerned about the forthcoming Fury Road.

Which is probably why George Miller looks to be placing such an emphasis on simple but badass vehicular action (a la Road Warrior) that some believed was sorely missing from Thunderdome. 

Fury Road is supposed to be the first in a new trilogy of Mad Max films, the second of which will be called Furiosa. According to star Tom Hardy, shooting is supposed to begin April 2012 – that’s one month from now, people – but you’ll forgive the cynics of the world if that sounds too good to be true. Here’s what Hardy had to say about it back in August:

“We’re going to have to find somewhere else to shoot it, but it looks like it’s going [to happen] April.”

Are you looking forward to Fury Road, Screen Ranters? Or is twenty-seven years too late for this particular sequel?

Mad Max: Fury Road, starring Tom Hardy and co-starring Charlize Theron, may or may not start shooting April 2012.

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Sources: Republikein & The Age [via Ain’t It Cool]