The very troubled production for the long awaited fourth film in the Mad Max series, Mad Max: Fury Road, has hit another speed bump. They aren’t shooting it 3D. Instead they’re going for the inferior post-conversion method and, worst of all, this will further delay the already delayed production which feels like its been in development hell since 1985.
The film is currently shooting in the African nation of Namibia after several other flood-related delays from its original shooting location in Broken Hill, Australia. Miller was developing new 3D camera technology for Mad Max: Fury Road but IF Magazine says the cameras could not be used because of the grueling shooting conditions in the African desert and the extensive stunt work the film will employ, thus the post-conversion.
Nine years ago, filmmaker George Miller wanted to shoot the film in 3D but 3D technology wasn’t where he wanted it to be to make Mad Max: Fury Road successful. In 2010, Miller was excited to start shooting the film in 3D. At the time he promised…
We are doing 3D on Fury Road – we are shooting with real 3D cameras… Seven years ago we were going to shoot in 3D but the technology in cinemas wasn’t geared for it then but I always loved 3D or stereo.
Unfortunately, none of that is true anymore. Instead they’re doing worse 3D and it will take them even longer. This is a lose-lose situation if ever there was one.
Mad Max: Fury Road, should it ever be finished, will feature Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. At this point, it’s unclear when or if it will be released in theaters, but the most likely scenario is the summer of 2014.