Mad Max Minus Mel Gibson

Published 6 years ago by , Updated August 22nd, 2013 at 3:05 pm,

Sometimes directors just lose something. It’s sad but true. Maybe they get too carried away with business (George Lucas) or technology (James Cameron) and this leads to them loosing their magic touch.

George Miller was once a hard hitting director who delivered such R rated fair as the Mad Max trilogy and The Witches of Eastwick. Now the Australian director is content to helm family fare such as Babe: Pig In The City and the animated film Happy Feet.

He had promised to deliver a fourth Mad Max film titled Fury Road, and the film was close to shooting in 2002 when the war in Iraq led to the film falling apart. Now it looks like Miller is ready to bring Mad Max back to the screen. There are just two problems:

Mel Gibson will not be involved

It will be an animated feature.

Miller recently said spoke to MTV and revealed some details about the film and a forthcoming Mad Max computer adventure.

When asked about a new Mad Max film Miller said:

“We’ll probably go a different route.”

“I see myself as someone who is very curious about storytelling and all its various media. I’ve always loved anime, in particular the Japanese sensibility. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do.”

“The anime is an opportunity for me to shift a little bit about what anime is doing because anime is ripe for an adjustment or sea change. It’s coming in games and I believe it’s the same in anime. There’s going to be a hybrid anime where it shifts more towards Western sensibilities. Kurosawa was able to bridge that gap between the Japanese sensibilities and the West and make those definitive films.”

Miller said that God of War II designer Corey Barlog is working on the Mad Max game. However, don’t expect either project soon.

Miller said:

“I’ve got a couple of years left. We’re in the early stages writing and designing. A really good game you need two and half years. And for good anime you need two years.”

As much as I enjoy Mad Max I feel that Miller should let the franchise go if Gibson isn’t involved. Along with Martin Riggs, Max Rockatansky is one of his signature roles – it’s like making a Dirty Harry film without Clint Eastwood. Heck – I’d even rather they go and reboot the franchise with another actor before milking the cow like this.

A Mel Gibson led Mad Max film is a great idea.

Any other¬†(half baked)¬†ideas and I’d have to say – “we don’t need another hero.”

Source: MTV

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  1. Just shameful.

    But consider this, even if they would remake it, it would just be CGI schlock with a hollywood budget used to cover up the fact it’s a failed movie. It’d be another case of milking the cash-cow regardless of which “udder” route they go to make this movie.

  2. Sorry George you are no Akira Kurosawa. Mad Max without Mel is either NOT Mad Max or a reboot

  3. Part of the viral marketing for this amazing concept will be Mad Max having cameos on the Teletubbies and the Backyardigans…should drum up crazy interest, no?

  4. Mad Max anime??? LMAO!!

    And yah, I agree that James Cameron lost his touch when he got carried away with technology with his movie… um… wait, I can’t think of a Cameron movie that wasn’t good… Nevermind… :-D

  5. A complete reboot would be better, but then, that would be dumb too.

  6. The title should be “Mad Max Minus Mad Max” lol

  7. Mad Max: Beyond the Point

  8. wait a second
    no Mel Gibson (aka Mad Max)
    no Mad Max title
    no real film
    why do they say it’s a Mad Max project…

    It’s like making a second Gladiator movie, without the Gladiator, calling it Raging Rome and making a cartoon out of it…

    how do they expect to hook the fans?

  9. This is puzzling. I would (as many would) would like a live action flick with Gibson in it. Ford returned to Indy; Stallone Rambo and Rocky. Why can’t Gibson be Max once more?

    Now age isn’t even an issue

    Okay. I’m down….with…it…uh, wait. No Mel Gibson?
    Not even to supply Max’s voice? Now IT stinks.

    Now, I’m not 100% opposed to a Mad Max film without Mad Max. Heck, I could see a film based on the Kids Who Went to the Burned out city (Sydney) and it’s now a new generation, the birthed t’morrow.

    You know.

    You know.

    You get it.

    You feel me.

  10. Everyone involved here needs to grow up and get real. There is no “storytelling” aspect, or personal need to keep the franchise going; going animated on something that USED to be live action, is just a last ditch effort to make cash off of a dead franchise.

    “HEY we couldn’t get a REAL film made to make money, so lets do an animated piece of crap to get the last buck out of the franchise, before we lose the rights! This will RULE!”

  11. Mad Max can be easily translated into an Anime, especially if they get the team behind those new Fist Of The Northstar films! Incredible animation! Hell the first Northstar film took elements from Mad Max! If he has Cory Balrog involved, that is great because God Of War 2 was just amazing! However, I do not agree with his assessment that there is a change coming in Anime. If anything, I would love to see Anime incorporated into Western sensibilities! It has already happened with The Matrix tirlogy. I guess Miller has lost it, shame.

    However, a fourth Mad Max film DIRECTED, WRITTEN, PRODUCED and STARRING Mel Gibson, HA, that would be great!
    Let The Road Warrior ride one more time!

  12. anime sucks. I’m sure plenty of people will watch it, and it won’t lose money from me, but just saying, I won’t watch them if they are anime styled.

  13. @Ken J

    I’ve never been a fan of anime, either.


  14. Oh, but sorry I stated it so matter-of-factly. Of course that’s just my opinion, everything everyone says is really just their opinion. Sometimes it’s obvious enough to not have to specifically say it, but just in case people get offended, *in my opinion*, anime sucks.