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

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…

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  • PDOG

    There IS NO MAD MAX without Mel Gibson. He IS Mad Max, and any attempt to replace him will result in a weak, flimsy attempt of the real deal.

    Mel, Arnold did a final Terminator for the fans. Why won’t you? I see an infinate possiblities of an aged, hardened and wise Road Warrior to return once more.

    I will flatly refuse to see any ‘Mad Max IV’ movie without Mel Gibson. Such a thing does not exist in my eyes.

    • Dillon Hersh.

      PDOG, you now as well as I, if you are truely a steadfast Mad Max fan then you will see the new instalment for better or for worse. Being a fan is alot like marrige.

  • PDOG

    There IS NO MAD MAX without Mel Gibson. He IS Mad Max, and any attempt to replace him will result in a weak, flimsy attempt of the real deal.

    Mel, Arnold did a final Terminator for the fans. Why won’t you? I see an infinate possiblities of an aged, hardened and wise Road Warrior to return once more.

    I will flatly refuse to see any ‘Mad Max IV’ movie without Mel Gibson. Such a thing does not exist in my eyes.

  • http://mad-max4.blogspot.com/ Joan

    Im a devoted fan of the Mad Max Trilogy. I think the best possible Mad Max 4 will be with Mel Gibson as Max Rockatansky again.
    The story can continue from the point of Mad Max the road warrior or from the 3rd one.
    Im waiting to see in the movie the same breathtaking action escenes of the first two movies, real action, no especial FX or computer simulations.

  • http://mad-max4.blogspot.com/ Joan

    Im a devoted fan of the Mad Max Trilogy. I think the best possible Mad Max 4 will be with Mel Gibson as Max Rockatansky again.
    The story can continue from the point of Mad Max the road warrior or from the 3rd one.
    Im waiting to see in the movie the same breathtaking action escenes of the first two movies, real action, no especial FX or computer simulations.

  • kevin Anthony J. Carpio

    I went to the internet cafe and surfe for max payne as mel gibson and i was very disappoited about what i have known that mel gibson is not anymore max payne, it is already mark.

    Max Payne without Mel Gibson is Suck.

    • http://cinecraze.com/ Nathan

      kevin Anthony J. Carpio says:
      October 8, 2008 at 11:04 pm

      “I went to the internet cafe and surfe for max payne as mel gibson and i was very disappoited about what i have known that mel gibson is not anymore max payne, it is already mark.

      Max Payne without Mel Gibson is Suck.”

      Yes, it’s true. Mel Gibson will not be playing Max Payne in the sequel to “Max Payne”. Also, Mark Wahlberg will not be portraying Max Rockatansky in the upcoming installment of the “Mad Max” franchise.

      Seems that Gibson has also turned down sequels to “The Basketball Diaries,” “Boogie Nights,” “The Departed,” “Four Brothers,” “The Happening,” “The Perfect Storm,” “Shooter,” “We Own The Night” and “The Yards”. Still no confirmation as to whether he’ll appear in “The Brazilian Job” or not.

      But, you don’t have to take my word for it. Just log on to the internet cafe, surfe, and find out for yourself.

      Cheers!

  • kevin Anthony J. Carpio

    I went to the internet cafe and surfe for max payne as mel gibson and i was very disappoited about what i have known that mel gibson is not anymore max payne, it is already mark.

    Max Payne without Mel Gibson is Suck.

    • http://cinecraze.com Nathan

      kevin Anthony J. Carpio says:
      October 8, 2008 at 11:04 pm

      “I went to the internet cafe and surfe for max payne as mel gibson and i was very disappoited about what i have known that mel gibson is not anymore max payne, it is already mark.

      Max Payne without Mel Gibson is Suck.”

      Yes, it’s true. Mel Gibson will not be playing Max Payne in the sequel to “Max Payne”. Also, Mark Wahlberg will not be portraying Max Rockatansky in the upcoming installment of the “Mad Max” franchise.

      Seems that Gibson has also turned down sequels to “The Basketball Diaries,” “Boogie Nights,” “The Departed,” “Four Brothers,” “The Happening,” “The Perfect Storm,” “Shooter,” “We Own The Night” and “The Yards”. Still no confirmation as to whether he’ll appear in “The Brazilian Job” or not.

      But, you don’t have to take my word for it. Just log on to the internet cafe, surfe, and find out for yourself.

      Cheers!

  • Christian S

    personaly im pretty sad that mel isnt gonna do mad max 4 ill probably still watch it even tho i will be thoroughly disappointed if i were an aging actor whom started his career in action and was asked to finish the series with one more movie i would do it out of courtesy of his fans as a side thing i wonder if mel has dvd’s of the movies he is in oh well i wouldnt mind them bringing back the ford falcon “interceptor” that was a badass car

  • Christian S

    personaly im pretty sad that mel isnt gonna do mad max 4 ill probably still watch it even tho i will be thoroughly disappointed if i were an aging actor whom started his career in action and was asked to finish the series with one more movie i would do it out of courtesy of his fans as a side thing i wonder if mel has dvd’s of the movies he is in oh well i wouldnt mind them bringing back the ford falcon “interceptor” that was a badass car

  • Mumble

    Small pitches mad max is fuckyng, HAPPY FEET 2 is GREAT, you all are stupid small pitches, HAPPY FEET IS COMING, and you don´t know stop it……. Hahahahahaha

  • Mumble

    Small pitches mad max is fuckyng, HAPPY FEET 2 is GREAT, you all are stupid small pitches, HAPPY FEET IS COMING, and you don´t know stop it……. Hahahahahaha