Mad Max: Fury Road is certainly one of the biggest surprises of 2015. No one expected the fourth installment in a once-popular film franchise to be as good, thrilling, and exciting as Fury Road — especially 30 years after the release of the last movie in the series, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. But leave it to George Miller to make the idea into something worth watching and rooting for.
Fury Road continues to surprise with all the attention it’s getting during awards season, with critic groups and guilds across the country naming it among the the best movies (if not the best) of the year. The Hollywood Foreign Press even added Fury Road to its list of nominations for Best Picture for the Golden Globe Awards, while the action movie is also expected to gain a few Academy Award nominations, too. To build up steam for the awards ceremony, Warner Bros. might re-release Mad Max: Fury Road again sometime next year.
According to Screen Daily, which posted an impressive article about the making of Fury Road, audiences might just get another chance to watch Mad Max again on the big screen in 2016. While Warner Bros. already re-released an IMAX version back in September, a new black-and-white version might appear at a theater near you. Here’s the low down:
In 2016, there might also be a black-and-white version of the film, which Miller confirms was his original intent. A greyscale and silent version was leaked online in September, although it has since been removed. [Producer Doug Mitchell] says that an official version exists and could yet receive a theatrical release.
It would be very interesting to watch Mad Max: Fury Road as a B&W silent film. There’s not a lot of dialogue in the movie already, so it would be very easy to see this happen considering that a majority of it is purely visual and cinematic. George Miller and his longtime editor and wife Margaret Sixel put together Fury Road without any sound to find out if it worked as a silent film. And boy did it! One of the reasons why Mad Max works so well is that the camera and editing draws the viewer’s eye to what’s important and how it moves from image-to-image and scene-to-scene.
Re-releasing Mad Max in theaters could be another way for Warner Bros. to push it for further awards consideration. If the movie studio re-releases the film in January or February, it could get the attention of Academy members who haven’t watched Fury Road yet. After all, it’s better to watch a movie like Mad Max on the big screen than at home. It could also bring more attention to the movie from general audiences who have heard good things about it because of all the awards it’s getting from critic groups. And of course, a re-release could bring in more box office money for Fury Road, which would bode very well for sequels.
There is no official re-release date for a black and white version of Mad Max: Fury Road, but stay tuned to Screen Rant for more information as this story develops.
Source: Screen Daily