2015 is shaping up to be the year of the sequels, and that's saying something when the box office has a tendency to be dominated by sequels, remakes and reboots anyway. Not only is The Avengers: Age of Ultron, the follow-up the highest-grossing comic book movie of all time, coming out at the start of the summer season, 2015's release schedule is also populated by sequels to a number of massive franchises that have lain dormant for a while.
The most prominent of these is Star Wars Episode VII, the first of Disney's new trilogy and one of the most talked-about shock announcements of the past year, and dinosaurs are also getting a revamp in Jurassic World. Two superhero titans will go head to head in Batman vs. Superman and - most exciting of all - SpongeBob and friends will be back on the big screen in SpongeBob Squarepants 2.
One long-dormant franchise that is also getting a 21st century sequel is Mad Max, the series of low-budget action movies that originally starred a young Mel Gibson. Mad Mad: Fury Road will be the fourth film in the series, with director George Miller once again behind the camera and Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) taking over the role of the expert in all things vendetta: "Mad" Max Rockatansky.
With such a prominent star in the lead, it seems that Warner Bros. isn't afraid to push Mad Max: Fury Road out into the competitive summer release schedule, and has set a release date of May 15th, 2015. This places its release a fortnight after that of The Avengers: Age of Ultron (AKA the summer movie that no one wants to compete with) and leaves it currently well-positioned as the only major release scheduled for that week, though of course there's potential for other movies to muscle in on the highly desirable mid-May period.
There have been some concerns surrounding Mad Max: Fury Road after production was delayed by several days and Warner Bros. sent an extra producer out to the Namibian filming location in order to effectively babysit the production and ensure that things moved along smoothly. Understandable, considering the fact that with an estimated budget of $100-125 million, Mad Max: Fury Road will be by far the most expensive Mad Max movie to date. That budget will likely end up climbing even further, as Hardy recently said that he was returning to do reshoots that will add further material.
While this boldly-placed release might be in part due to the need to turn a profit from Mad Max: Fury Road's considerable price tag, it also suggests that Warner Bros. is confident in what Miller has achieved in this next chapter of the franchise. Assuming he hasn't lost his touch for great action moments, the trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road is very much going to be something to look forward to.
Mad Max: Fury Road will arrive in theaters on May 15th, 2015.
Source: Warner Bros.