The story of George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road, the reboot of his popular post-apocalyptic franchise, is one of patience, waiting, and delay after delay. Tom Hardy has long been set to take over the role made famous by Mel Gibson, but even Hardy doesn’t know when production will start.
The star told Empire:
We keep moving that around, you know…Who knows when it’ll come out? I’ve been on stand-by for two years… but it’s all part of it. It’s kind of the cool thing to do, to be elusive with dates and all that.
Originally the shoot for Fury Road was scheduled to last an entire year, but the scale and budget keeps getting hacked and slashed as the film is pushed back. The other big name in the cast, Charlize Theron, was originally supposed to play the lead in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, but walked away due to her commitment to Miller’s film, taking a much smaller role instead. She also came close to not appearing in Jason Reitman’s Young Adult for the same reason, and Hardy may not have been able to film John Hillcoat’s prohibition era crime drama Lawless had it not been for holdups with Fury Road.
It was going to be a year of filming, then six months, and now we’re supposed to be doing it in six days. It’s a musical—we’re going to go around shopping centres in a little wagon and sing songs. People were expecting big, but we’re going to give them small. It’ll be a live, free-running musical and it’s coming to a place near you soon.
Perhaps one day we will actually see Mad Max: Fury Road in theaters. A kid can dream, can’t he?