One of the more surprising things at Comic-Con 2014 was the first look at footage from Mad Max: Fury Road, the revamped vision of the Mad Max trilogy – which has the distinctive honor of actually being re-crafted by the man who started it all, director George Miller.
Above you can see the official teaser for Fury Road that was screened for the Hall H audience at Comic-Con; we’ll also discuss what is in the trailer; elaborate on some of the additional footage we saw during SDCC – as well as some interesting facts about the film.
What you see in the trailer above is but a snippet of the larger block of footage screened during Comic-Con. Both versions cover the same part of the film (the opening scene of Max (Tom Hardy) in a chase – then a later sequence of Charlize Theron’s Furiousa in a crazy chase to outrun the same marauders who have taken Max captive.
However, in the Comic-Con panel we got to see an extended cut of the big chase set piece through the desert storm; needless to say, things get bloody and crazy on a whole other level once holocaustic lightning and tornadoes start snatching up cars and making them rain blood and fire down on those still caught up in the chase. Meanwhile, Max frees himself from captivity and attempts to jump from the marauders onto the safety of Furiousa’s “war rig” tanker truck. A tenuous partnership forms thereafter.
If the trailer above doesn’t sell it for you, Mad Max: Fury Road‘s extended footage certainly did: this is B-movie goodness at its best – closer to the feeling of The Road Warrior, albeit with much bigger effects. It certainly is a George Miller product through and through, with shots and imagery that no other director would likely put together.
It’s also not complicated; Miller openly states that the design was no script, just the premise of one long chase scene, and a whole lot of storyboarding (comic book style) to help guide them. In this case, basic doesn’t seem like a bad thing; if you have a bunch of friends into crazy genre flicks, this could be your new midnight movie cult-viewing tradition in the making…
UPDATE: Here’s a domestic version of the trailer:
Mad Max: Fury Road will be in theaters on May 15, 2015.