Good lord, Mad Max: Fury Road, director George Miller’s return to his post-apocalyptic roots, can’t catch a break. The film has been delayed at every turn, including a freakish, act-of-God-style flood of the Australian outback (and this was well after plans were derailed by 9/11). When the movie finally, finally began filming in July in Namibia, it looked like they had at last moved beyond the problems. That assumption is proving completely wrong.
Fury Road is slated to wrap up filming in November, and has a budget of between $100 and $125 million. It is also running so far behind, and so much over budget, that Heat Vision reports Warner Bros. is sending producer Denise di Novi (who has done a lot of work with Tim Burton) to Africa to get a handle on things. This move follows hot on the heels of studio head Jeff Robinov’s visit to the set. You can’t help but think that, on his trip, he saw something that did not sit well with him.
“It’s easier having someone there who has experience and who can keep us posted on the day’s events,” Robinov says. That basically sounds like he’s sending a babysitter to the set. I can’t imagine having a “studio representative” breathing down your neck, questioning every move you make. That sounds uncomfortable.
Whatever the problems, it will all be worth it when we have a shiny new Mad Max movie. If you’ve seen any of the pictures of the cars from the set, you’ll know that things show a great deal of promise. If you haven’t seen the pics, you should Google some of those, they’re pretty badass. [Or just click here. – Ed.]
Mad Max: Fury Road stars Tom Hardy in the iconic role of Max Rockatansky (originally played by Mel Gibson), and Charlize Theron, with a shaved head, as someone named Furiosa, which is an appropriate post-apocalyptic name.