It’s taken a long time, but we’re finally going to get more Mad Max. Tom Hardy has said recently that he’ll begin training for the film in March. The role of Max Rockatansky eventually helped make Mel Gibson into a superstar, and the dystopian tale was audacious on so many levels. Gangs running roughshod all over towns, highways under the control of gangs, gangs raping people on a regular basis, just a whole lot of gangs doing bad shit. Tom Hardy has proven his brilliance in recent films, including a fantastic role in Inception.
Certainly something like Mad Max would garner a heavy R-rating these days. It’ll be interesting to see what direction George Miller takes the new film, which is being touted as the 4th entry in the series, despite a new actor playing Max. According to our sister site Cinema Blend the production is heading out to Namibia, which is famous for not being the Australian outback, in the spring of 2012. The new location is more suited to the desert dystopian style of Mad Max than what is apparently a now much more lush environment in the outback of Australia.
Making Mad Max: Fury Road a continuation of the story is strangely refreshing in an era of reboots. The problem is that the original 3 films have a distinct tone and quality that may be undone by a modern budget and design philosophy. 1979’s Mad Max was for years the top earning film for the lowest production cost (until Blair Witch came along), and that lent a sort of desperate aesthetic. Part of what made the dystopian future of the franchise so fascinating is just how out of control and lost the world appeared. There’s a loss of hope and love that is captured. Will that carry on into the new film, or will Fury Road just be flashy lip service to the ideals of the original?
We’ll find out when Mad Max: Fury Road releases in 2013. You can check out more images of the vehicles on their way to Namibia over at Bleeding Cool.