‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Production Delayed

Published 4 years ago by , Updated July 29th, 2010 at 2:09 pm,

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Every recent bit of news regarding Mad Max: Fury Road has been fantastic. Despite concerns that the next Mad Max installment would be retrofitted with 3D, we later discovered the film would actually be filmed using advanced 3D tech. Additionally, despite earlier concerns about casting, we’ve seen Miller actually put together a decent group of talent.

Unfortunately, the news today is less fantastic – production on Mad Max: Fury Road has stalled.

At the L.A. Inception premiere, Tom Hardy (the star of Fury Road) told MTV the production has hit a temporary red light.

While the news is disconcerting, it may give Hardy a little more time to get in peak physical form for the role. It’s not like the man is out of shape, but Mad Max will call for a different kind of hero – a man physically affected by an apocalypse, but strong enough to defend himself at any cost.

Hardy’s reveal of the production delay comes without any explanation, though the recent Gibson controversy can’t help – but it doesn’t seem to be anything major. Basically, no Hobbit-like issues.

“[We've] stopped. They pushed it back a little bit so I’m not up against it at the moment, so I’ve lost some weight, that’s it.”

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Normally, I scoff at any attempt to continue a franchise with a replacement leading actor, but Hardy has proven himself worthy of any role Hollywood offers up. Are you listening Bond casting directors?

Hardy’s dedication to beefing up for his unbelievable performance in Bronson proves he has what it takes to transform for a role. He is one of the best chameleons in film today and could someday challenge Christian Bale in the weight-shifting actor category.

Hardy’s focus and determination to create a character, instead of human scenery, is what will elevate Mad Max: Fury Road. The actor and his director, George Miller, have been working on a way to establish a human story within the action-filled movie. Then again, shooting in 3D doesn’t suggest high drama.

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Somehow, even in the midst of this disappointing news, Hardy managed to stay positive and build anticipation for Fury Road. In response to a query about his co-star Charlize Theron, Hardy gushed about her “incredible” nature.

If there is one movie franchise I wish took the “James Bond route” and churned out dozens of sequels, Mad Max would be it. The character is rich and exciting. His motivation is one that could generate drama over the course of multiple films – and the apocalyptic world George Miller created is one I’d like to explore again and again.

George Miller’s involvement is a great place for the fourth installment to start, but if they want a successful continuation of the franchise, Tom Hardy will definitely have to bring his limitless charisma and star quality to the film.

Source: MTV

Header image uses art from an original Mad Max release poster for the Alamo Drafthouse,  designed by Billy Perkins which can be found here.

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  1. “Mad Max will call for a different kind of hero – a man physically affected by an apocalypse, but strong enough to defend himself at any cost”

    I’ve heard the Gibson tapes he’s still got the intensity!!

    • haha, nice.

      • hahhhahaha

  2. im still not really interested in this one though. i dont want another pg-13 mad max movie, let alone one without mel

  3. Seriously though, why does Mad Max look like a bald gay jail rapist in that photo? Is Tom Hardy channeling a Vin Shinzon? Wth?

    Btw I have a small blackberry. Ah I mean a small Blackberry handheld, a smartphone… So I can’t tell if that’s him in the photo…

    • ha, yea that’s him in Bronson. I just put the title in there.

      • No, Mike. What you did was rip off the title and tag line design from an original piece of art by Billy Perkins that was created for the Alamo Drafthouse’s screening of Mad Max. Perhaps you could give some kind of credit, or has this site no integrity?

  4. Ah I see… Wheeeew!
    Relief ,,,

    Thanks Mike for the downlow,,, ;-)

  5. Hardy doesnt need to be in great shape, he just needs to look that way. Despite what actors like to tell you all the hard stuff is done by the stuntmen – the insurance companies see to that! Hardy was great in Bronson and i see no reason why he can’t outdo that screaming loon that you Yanks so kindly took off our hands. Personally i welcome this revival – the idea of a world in which everyone is killing and dying for fuel seems much more relevant now than when the original came out.

  6. Hardy is one of those great actors that hollywood doesn’t use enough

    • i thought he was good in rock’n’rolla

  7. I see Mel Gibson is heading back to Austraila, i bet he turns up in these new films, lets face it the dudes is gonna be stuggling to get any gigs soon.

  8. Struggling,?
    Gibson’s worth over a few hundred mil.

    I doubt he’s looking for work.

    • i agree with you all the way on that 790, he’s smart, i bet he has tons of cash stashed away

  9. Bronson was film of the year, everything in that movie worked perfectly, the dreamlike first person narration was inspired and Tom Hardy’s portrayal was revelatory. I will go and see anything he’s in.

  10. Handsome bob is a great actor with tons of potential. Where is the return of rocknrolla?

    • only guy richie knows, and i wish he’d hurry up and tell us!!!

  11. Tom was awesome in INCEPTION, even stealing the sceenes (in a few cases) from the bigger named actors.

  12. It seems as though the site has no integrity.
    Almost two weeks after being notified that you ripped off the title and design from an original peice of art, and still no credit given.

    • Sean,

      What are you talking about? If we’re informed of something like that we correct it immediately. Email me vic at screenrant.com with specifics.

      Thanks,

      Vic