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Who knew? According to director George Miller, the “Mad Max” sequels (parts 4 and 5, to be shot back-to-back) were supposed to start production months ago when a heavy rain delayed the production to the point where, well, now they’re waiting out the rain. I read about the heavy raining in Australia in the news, but didn’t really pay much attention. Apparently it’s been really bad. Bad enough to shut down George Miller’s “Mad Max” production.
The week we were to start, it rained the heaviest it had in 10 years. I’ll never forget the first day — we were holed up in a big sort of shed watching the rain. We couldn’t shoot. If you want the rain to come, just send a film crew there.
We’ve built the vehicles. We’ve designed the movie. The principal cast is locked in. The film is funded. It’s all ready to go. We just wait. All the contracts are signed. It’s a locked-in film. It has been for 18 months now. We will restart pre-production later this year and begin early next year — weather permitting.
Wow, who knew? With Tom Hardy now having moved on to Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises”, itself gearing up for production, one wonders how much further the first new Mad Max film, “Fury Road” will have to wait. Miller says 2012, so — 2012, then?
Besides Hardy as the new Mad Max, the new films will also feature new faces in Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer.
You know who’s not happy with the rain? This guy: