After years of problems, delays, and setbacks—it sometimes feels like god is against this picture getting made—George Miller’s return to his post-apocalyptic roots, Mad Max: Fury Road, is finally about to start shooting. Personally, I won’t believe it until I see it on a movie screen. There are still so many things that can go wrong. But there are signs that production is moving forward. Star Charlize Theron with a shaved head is one. Can’t imagine the South African-born model-turned-actress would endure a buzz cut if things weren’t about to get under way.
Another sign thatFury Road is moving towards actual moviehood is this photo from the set in Henties Bay, Africa.
It may be hidden under a tarp, but you can still tell what kind of a beast this vehicle is. Maybe this is atypical, but if this car is in the film, you can count on some rough and tumble car chases, and plenty of things getting crunched beneath those massive wheels.
But nothing has been easy for Fury Road thus far, so why start now. Despite the obvious signs that the film is getting closer to putting actual images on actual film, there are still problems. This photo accompanied a local article that claims the presence of the production—specifically the stuntmen tooling around in their post-apocalyptic battle wagons—is causing significant environmental damage. This is a translation, so bear with it.
…employees have caused great uproar from the movie at environmentalists. Very strangely, the incident is from last Friday, when three alleged stunt men on the gravel plains in the dune belt between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay are running around. This event was confirmed by Charles Pearce, AZ Desert Explorers in the conversation. He got on that date, an indication that would be “people in the breeding area of the Damara Tern” harm. “I have searched the men and found three people who ran up and down a sand dune and were running around on the gravel plains,” said Pearce. The men had declared their behavior this way: They are stuntmen, appearing in “Mad Max” movie and would have to practice for their respective roles. In addition, they must lose weight to look like a certain star. “I have accompanied people from the area and issued a warning. They did not seem that their behavior is not allowed, “said Pearce.
It remains to be seen if this incident will have any impact on the shoot, but damn, Fury Road can’t catch a break.
If it ever sees the light of day, Mad Max: Fury Road will—at least in this incarnation—star Tom Hardy, Theron, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. The film is said to be a reboot of the franchise, rather than a sequel or prequel. It helps to imagine it like the new Spider-Man movie, as its own stand-alone entity.