George Miller has been working on a fourth installment of the Mad Max franchise for the better part of a decade. The film was originally set to star Mel Gibson in the role that made him famous, but age and personal troubles appear to have waylaid these plans. Now British actor Tom Hardy (Inception) is now set to slip into Mel’s old leathers for the next film in the 30-year-old franchise.
We all expected that we'd eventually see the next Mad Max film (subtitled Fury Road) but it now appears that Miller intends to start shooting two Mad Max films back to back!
Twitch appears to have acquired the scoop that states Miller will be helming two post-apocalyptic action movies – one with the well known title Mad Max: Fury Road, while the other will be called Mad Max: Furiosa (is it just me or are there shades of Vin Diesel's Riddick franchise here?).
Little is known about this fifth Mad Max adventure (or the fourth for that matter). We do know that the Fury Road is supposed to be a sort of franchise reboot and it seems that Furiosa will continue this tale. Twitch says that the fifth film would have a rapid release hot on the heels of Fury Road.
Oscar-winner Charlize Theron, Zoe Kravitz, Adelaide Clemens and Nicholas Hoult are set to join Hardy in Fury Road, which is due to start filming in the next few months; the film has a nine-month shooting schedule (pretty long for a single film). Hardy is currently getting in shape for the film(s), which should be a pretty intense experience due to the sheer volume of stunts, as Miller plans to go the practical route, rather than relying on CGI.
The plot for both films has been kept under wraps for the last few years – which is pretty amazing considering the way that movie news leaks out in this day and age. I can only assume that there will be plenty of chases, races and violence. That is unless they go for PG-13 Mad Max films, which is kind of like having a PG-13 Die Hard movie. Oh, wait a minute...
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