Tom Hardy Uncertain About ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Start Date [UPDATED]

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 23rd, 2013 at 9:56 am,

[UPDATE: According to Charlize Theron, the official start-date is now June 2nd. Scroll down to the bottom of the article for details.]

There hasn’t been a Mad Max film since 1985, but George Miller has officially been trying to make one – Mad Max: Fury Road – since 2003. First with Mel Gibson, and then with Tom Hardy, the man who will be Bane in The Dark Knight Rises.

Hardy has been sporting a massive beard for the role for the past few months in preparation for the impending start date. Unfortunately, the film has yet to begin shooting and Hardy has no idea when it will.

Empire talked to the actor at Cannes – who’s there representing his other upcoming film Lawless, co-starring Guy Pearce (L.A. Confidential, Prometheus) – about the status of the fourth Mad Max:

“We keep moving that around, you know? Who knows when it’ll come out? I’ve been on stand-by for two years…but it’s all part of [the game]. It’s kind of the cool thing to do, to be elusive with dates and all that.”

I think that was him being sarcastic.

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One of the vehicles created for ‘Fury Road’

Tom Hardy continued:

“It was going to be a year of filming, then six months, and now we’re supposed to be doing it in six days. It’s a musical – we’re going to go around shopping centers in a little wagon and sing songs. People were expecting big, but we’re going to give them small. It’ll be a live, free-running musical and it’s coming to a place near you soon.”

And that was definitely sarcastic.

The comments don’t exactly inspire confidence that Mad Max fans will be seeing Fury Road anytime soon – or ever, for that matter.

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In fact, the whole situation is incredibly reminiscent of Brad Pitt bearding up for Darren Aronofsky’s The Fountain for a very, very long time before getting tired of waiting, jumping ship, and joining Wolfgang Petersen’s Gladiator-inspired Greek epic Troy. Thus, Aronofsky’s original iteration of The Fountain and Petersen’s Batman VS. Superman were killed simultaneously. Two movies with one stone.

Hopefully, something similar won’t happen to Mad Max: Fury Road, but it’s difficult to have hope that a production nine years in the making (arguably longer, since Beyond Thunderdome) – delayed by both the Iraq War (2003) and abnormally blooming Australian flowers antithetical to an apocalyptic landscape (2011) – will ever see the cinematic light of day.

But here’s hoping anyway.

What do you think, Screen Ranters? Are you concerned by Tom Hardy’s comments? Worried that Mad Max 4 won’t ever get out of development hell? Let us know in the comments.

Mad Max: Fury Road will – hopefully – begin production sometime soon.

UPDATE: While promoting Snow White and the Hunstman in an interview with MTV, Charlize Theron revealed that shooting for Mad Max: Fury Road begins next Saturday, June 2nd. Theron plays a one-armed lady named Furiosa, which I presume is a semi-titular name.

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Sources: Empire & MTV

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  1. Well this sucks, but here’s hoping something good starts. I can’t see George Miller stalling any longer.

  2. He’s moving forward in his career, so, I can see why the constant delays and dragging about would become obnoxious. The series isn’t one in need of a reboot anyways.

    • A reboot NO. I agree. But to actually go Beyond Thunderdome would be a much appreciated adventure!

  3. Really !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Who really wants to see a movie sequel without its central star/charachter on board ?????? it never works right , its like having a sequel without the main charachter and it not working ala Friday the 13th part v A new beginning or Halloween III , Despite Mel Gibson’s idiotic rascist comments and behavior – there is only one Mad Max!!!!!This is not a Predator movie where the central charachter in the sequels is The Predator Himself as we thought that Arnold was the central charachter in the 1st film!!!!Th title charachter is the name of the trilogy !!!!!, Fine if its going to be set in that universe/world but in that case it should be under a different title NOT MAD MAX!!!! because hes not in the damn film!!!!!

  4. The road may have become too long and winding for this warrior.
    Perhaps it is best the Interceptor remains in storage at this point.

  5. hardy is just joking and f’ing with you people
    he told usa today that he is about to start working on mad max
    and charlize theron said that filming starts in july just a few days ago at snow white premiere
    not to mention that that chick from transformers(rosie huntington-something) just had a meeting with miller…

  6. hardy is just joking with you people
    he told usa today that he is about to start working on mad max
    and charlize theron said that filming starts in july just a few days ago at snow white premiere
    not to mention that that chick from transformers(rosie huntington-something) just had a meeting with miller…

  7. If Tom Hardy for some reason ends up unavailable to do this…

    Mel Gibson should definitely step forward.

  8. Drop the beard. It sucks. Just like the mullet cut from Thunderdome did.

  9. I’d much rather see Gibson reprise his role.

  10. 1st of all No sequel, 2nd of all No Mel Gibson (please!) and 3rd of all Hardy is gonna nail it as MAD MAX

    • “1st of all No sequel” Huh?

    • first. no Mel no Max EOD and second Hardy is not Mel therefor not a Mad Max….

  11. I’ve been keeping my eye on this for a LONG time since I’ve loved the Mad Max films since the original. Disappointed of course that Gibson isn’t playing Max but also that Miller didn’t even bother to get an Australian to play the beloved hero. There’s plenty of available Australian actors who would have loved to play the part. Still some Mad Max is better than none in my book & I’ll reserve judgement on the quality or lack thereof of the film until I see the finished product which I hope will be soon. I hear that they’re planning on it being a trilogy but if so they better get some film in the can quick & sign their star for another 2 pics or all these delays will have him saying no thanks the next time around.

  12. This should star Gibson and would be a good way for him to re-launch his career by connecting to a past success. I would be MUCH more interested to know how Max has survived these last 25 years and what trouble he can get into as an aged survivor.

  13. How could you cheat on MEL? This is terrible!