During press interviews for Mel Gibson’s upcoming revenge picture “Edge Of Darkness”, Mel was quizzed on his future plans and dropped a little non “Mad Max 4: Fury Road” news but had some very cool things to say about his epic Viking movie project that will star Leo Dicaprio with a script from “Departed” writer William Monahan.
Question: Have you talked to George Miller about Mad Max 4?
Mel Gibson: I’ve talked to George…yeah. We talk all the time anyway. I’m abreast of that. He’s been trying to do this for years – the 4th installment. At one point I was involved and it fell to bits and then this and that…so now it’s probably gone through a lot of changes and I can’t wait to see it cause everything he does is magic. There is a touch of genius about George. Probably any good trick I’ve learned I got from George and Peter Weir.
What are you doing next?
Gibson: I’m working with Graham on the Viking movie. The very first idea I ever had about making a film…my first thought about ever being a filmmaker was when I was sixteen years old and I wanted to make a Viking movie. And I wanted to make it in old Norse, which I was studying at the time. It’s odd because at that age that’s a stupidly ridiculous idea cause how will I ever be a filmmaker. It’s just some kind of romantic pipe dream. But that was the first big, epic, wacky idea I ever had was to show Viking real.
Does that mean the Viking movie will be in English or in old Norse?
Gibson: I think it’s going to be English – the English that would have been spoken back then – and Old Norse. Whatever the 9th century had to offer. I’m going to give you real.
Is that really important to you.
Gibson: I want a Viking to scare you. I don’t want a Viking to say, “I’m going to die with a sword in my hand.” I don’t want to hear that. It pulls the rug out from under you. I want to see somebody who I have never seen before speaking low guterl German who scares the living shit out of me coming up to my house. What is that like? What would that have been like?
How hard is that going to be to cast apart from Leo?
Gibson: He’ll be amazing. He’s a great actor.
Viking Real. Get filming already. Thanks Collider.