Mad Max 4: Fury Road Is Back on — Without Mel Gibson!

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George Miller is a hot item again in Hollywood. After the wild success of “Happy Feet”, the aging Australian grandfather (I’m guessing he has to be someone’s granddad, being very old and whatnot) has landed himself the Justice League movie, and now comes news that Miller is ready to tackle the fourth entry in his “Mad Max” saga — minus Mel Gibson! That’s right. With news that “Mad Max 4: Fury Road” is back on track and has been greenlighted to commence pre-production, there’s also news that Miller won’t be bringing back Mel Gibson as the titular angry Max, but will instead cast someone with a “younger face”. Now I don’t know how I feel about a Mad Max movie without Mel Gibson, but I guess it had to happen. I don’t know the history of the two men, but my guess is that it was Gibson who said No to Miller, and not the other way around.

In any case, here’s Moviehole:

Our colleague has discovered that ‘’Kennedy Miller is dancing with VFX and animation houses for both Mad Max 4 and Happy Feet 2. As far as I know the plan is to do all the animation for Happy Feet 2 in Australia, but not necessarily at Animal Logic (who did the first one). I’d guess that Mad Max 4 will be shot in Namibia as per the original plans (blown out by the Iraq invasion). In terms of release time – it took 4 years to make the original Happy Feet.”

He even speculates that ‘’Mad Max 4 : Fury Road’’ will be released before “Justice League”… but that’s a guess based on how fast the former seems to be moving forward (and no, he doesn’t have any information on “Justice League”). Of course, they have to find a new ‘Mad Max’ first – with Miller telling Moviehole recently that he won’t be using Mel Gibson again, but a younger face.

“Happy Feet 2″, “Justice League of America”, and “Mad Max 4: Fury Road” all at the same time? Damn, that’s a lot of work for someone’s grandfather. I don’t do that much in a decade!

Although I have to say, I still don’t know about a Mad Max movie without Gibson…

Mad Max 4: Fury Road

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  • Robin Anderson

    I loved the first three Mad Max films, But to say there will be a Mad Max 4 without Mel Gibson. will go the same way as it did when they killed off Xander Cage in Triple X. saying that it wasnt the best movie and Triple X2: The Next Level was even worse, going along the same sort of storyline as you would find in a James Bond film, but again it was the dude that did Die Another Day who Directed it. but to keep on the right track here, I say it’s a bad Idea and should not be brought up again.

  • Robin Anderson

    I loved the first three Mad Max films, But to say there will be a Mad Max 4 without Mel Gibson. will go the same way as it did when they killed off Xander Cage in Triple X. saying that it wasnt the best movie and Triple X2: The Next Level was even worse, going along the same sort of storyline as you would find in a James Bond film, but again it was the dude that did Die Another Day who Directed it. but to keep on the right track here, I say it’s a bad Idea and should not be brought up again.

  • Ron Maccari

    Without Mel Gibson, This movie will be filed amongst the usual and predictable lot of futuristic films soon to be forgotten without cult following. There will be no new hero(s). George Miller should stick to dancing on his own happy feet and leave action films alone. Without Byron Kennedy, who died shortly after “The Road Warrior,” he has nothing to offer the genre of the living legend of Mad Max except for destroying the genious that his partner brought to the original two films. However, with regard to my argument about Georg Miller’s greed and his audacious statement that Mel Gibson is too old to perform this film, I am angry with Mr. Gibson himself for letting down his most dedicated fans. This is the right time and place, and the right opportunity for Mr. Gibson to not only go back to his roots but also to provide the world with the hero it desperately needs.

  • Ron Maccari

    Without Mel Gibson, This movie will be filed amongst the usual and predictable lot of futuristic films soon to be forgotten without cult following. There will be no new hero(s). George Miller should stick to dancing on his own happy feet and leave action films alone. Without Byron Kennedy, who died shortly after “The Road Warrior,” he has nothing to offer the genre of the living legend of Mad Max except for destroying the genious that his partner brought to the original two films. However, with regard to my argument about Georg Miller’s greed and his audacious statement that Mel Gibson is too old to perform this film, I am angry with Mr. Gibson himself for letting down his most dedicated fans. This is the right time and place, and the right opportunity for Mr. Gibson to not only go back to his roots but also to provide the world with the hero it desperately needs.

  • Jeromaru

    Mad Max without Mel Gibson is like having somebody other than Christopher Reeve playing Superman–oh, wait…

    • Dick Blitskreig

      I couldn’t agree more.

  • Jeromaru

    Mad Max without Mel Gibson is like having somebody other than Christopher Reeve playing Superman–oh, wait…

    • Dick Blitskreig

      I couldn’t agree more.

  • Thom Andrews

    Mad Max without Mel? George Miller obviously loves to waste his time, money and everyone elses time and money! Isn’t it kind of like writing another New Testament without Jesus? Seriously, you got to wonder at these folks sometimes. Look George: Pay the money so that Mel just can’t refuse to do the job. Then you’ll have a movie all of us are wanting to see…..and frankly have been waiting to see. To replace Mel with a “new younger face” is a waste of your time and efforts, as well as anyone elses involved. We don’t care how “good” the new guy is…he CAN NOT do the job! Grab a clue.

    • Elle

      Totally agree with Thom!

    • Brian Gilmont

      Thom, you hit the nail on the mate. I couldn’t have put it better myself. Well done! (I hope George Miller reads these comments)!

  • Thom Andrews

    Mad Max without Mel? George Miller obviously loves to waste his time, money and everyone elses time and money! Isn’t it kind of like writing another New Testament without Jesus? Seriously, you got to wonder at these folks sometimes. Look George: Pay the money so that Mel just can’t refuse to do the job. Then you’ll have a movie all of us are wanting to see…..and frankly have been waiting to see. To replace Mel with a “new younger face” is a waste of your time and efforts, as well as anyone elses involved. We don’t care how “good” the new guy is…he CAN NOT do the job! Grab a clue.

    • Elle

      Totally agree with Thom!

    • Brian Gilmont

      Thom, you hit the nail on the mate. I couldn’t have put it better myself. Well done! (I hope George Miller reads these comments)!

  • Waz

    Mel is not too old to play Mad Max one more time…thats for sure! As everyone here has stated…Mel IS Mad Max. Any other actor would not have the same passion for the role that Mel put in to the previous three movies. I do suspect,though,that it was Mel who said “No” – as has been speculated elsewhere on this site.

    Just a final thought…with the price of oil spiralling out of control it won’t be long before we ALL turn into Mad Max!!!

  • Waz

    Mel is not too old to play Mad Max one more time…thats for sure! As everyone here has stated…Mel IS Mad Max. Any other actor would not have the same passion for the role that Mel put in to the previous three movies. I do suspect,though,that it was Mel who said “No” – as has been speculated elsewhere on this site.

    Just a final thought…with the price of oil spiralling out of control it won’t be long before we ALL turn into Mad Max!!!