“Mad Max” Remake To Begin Filming
Long considered a classic not only of sci-fi but also of any genre, the Mad Max franchise somehow has managed to dodge the reboot treatment. It’s pretty shocking considering it covers all of the bases of your standard blockbuster fare. There’s a post-apocalyptic landscape, gasoline anxiety, murderous rebels, explosions, and one of the most like-able anti-heroes of any genre. If you haven’t picked up on it, I think the first two Max films are still underrated.
But the franchise couldn’t dodge it forever, and now it’s being confirmed that Transformers 3’s lead gal Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is playing one of the five wives that will be portrayed in the two upcoming Max films to be directed by George Miller.
You did read that right. There will be two films shot back-to-back in an attempt to pump some much-needed life into the franchise that more or less made Mel Gibson a star in America. According to a press release, the films will go into principle photography next month in Africa.
While Whitelely adds some star power to the film, I should clarify that the cast of both films is already pretty stacked. Also starring is Tom Hardy (presumably playing the new Mad Max), Charlize Theron (fresh off a stellar performance in the oddly discarded Prometheus), and Zoe Kravtiz who will be playing one of the other wives.
There’s no confirmation on a release date, but considering that the first film is shooting in July and and Mad Max: Fury Road has summertime blockbuster practically tattooed on its forehead, we can assume a summer 2013 drop date.
Plot details haven’t been released (why spoil the anticipation?), but we can all be sure that Miller is going to take both films in a similar direction as Gibson’s own classics. Expect desolate roads, explosions, tension, ace acting by Hardy, and a great installment to the franchise. And please, cross your fingers in hopes that it’s rated “R.” We all know what happened when the Terminator franchise hired McG to direct, cast Christian Bale, and made one of the biggest letdowns of the decade.