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New Mad Max Film

Hemos posted more than 11 years ago | from the but-what-about-master-blaster dept.

Movies 546

IceDiver writes "According to Google News Mel Gibson has signed up for a new Mad Max film "Fury Road". His salary? A whopping $25,000,000.00 Apparently the script has been in the works for 3 years and is highly polished. As a big fan of all 3 Mad Max films, I am looking forward to this one! "

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546 comments

FIST PISS (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4857481)

We dont need another hero!

Re:FIST PISS (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4857614)

In Soviet Russia, first POSTS YOU!

a late troll tuesday entry (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4857650)

The Horror that is Durian

Friends, I am here to tell you -- to warn you -- about some especially bad candy.

The name is "Durian," a seething Trojan horse of vile chemicals masquerading as a tasty bit of sugary goodness. The brand is "Conila," and should you be unlucky enough to find any of their other candies, you are best off dousing them in aviation-grade kerosine and burning them into slag. That, or immolating yourself -- it's a tough call. Durian was procured for my in Plano, Texas, where a good friend lives -- though he's off the Christmas card list now for damn sure.

Durian is a quarter-sized yellowish lozenge, individually wrapped in colorful plastic. An unidentifiable -- to this reporter, at least -- fruit of some kind is featured prominently on the wrapper, along with the mysterious text "DEPKES RI MD: 237113013034." I can only surmise that this is some sort of ID for a chemical weapons program which provided sociopathic flavor chemists with the inspiration for this product.

The ingredients SEEM innocent enough, oh yes: Sugar, glucose syrup, citric acid, "flavour," FD&C Yellow #5 and FD&C Blue #1. But within the catchall "flavour" are some truly hideous concontions, compounds which are capable of producing altered states of mind, nausea, uncontrollible salivation and other symptoms most commonly associated with organophosphate poisoning. Durian should only be available for purchase by adults, and even then there should be a waiting period.

It's not easy to pick out a specific flavor from a candy like Durian, when every self-preservation instinct you have is fighting to make you spit the horrid lozenge in the sink. Good reporting is a secondary consideration to self-preservation -- or in this case, to suicide, which seemed like the best solution for several minutes after tasting the "candy" in question. But I can say the 2 flavors which seemed most prominent in Durian are gasoline and onions.

When consumed, Durian produces a heady vapor which rapidly suffuses itself throughout one's nose and mouth. The petrochemical-like aftertaste lingers on for a good 30 minutes after the Durian has departed, having been ejected from the mouth and into the toilet, where it can go about the business of spoiling the sewers for the rats and roaches. No amount of beverages would cleanse the palate of the taste.

The terrorists at Indofood Prima, of Surabaya, Indonesia should all be rounded up and dragged in front of some war crimes tribunal at The Hague for making and distributing this culinary atrocity. Perhaps in Indonesia this sort of thing passes for candy; I am loathe to make value judgements about other cultures, but in this case I feel secure in saying that the UN should begin carpet bombing the Indofood factory immediately in the interests of humanity's continued survival.

On a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is good candy and 10 is Agent Orange, Durian gets a very loathsome 7.5.

Hi (-1)

MondoMor (262881) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857486)

It's on CNN too.

FP.

sheesh (2, Interesting)

frieked (187664) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857492)

and I thought he was too old for the last lethal weapon.

Re:sheesh (5, Informative)

Reality Master 101 (179095) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857564)

I was tempted to agree with you, but actually dude is younger than you might think [imdb.com] . He's only 46. Not like, say, Harrison Ford who is 60.

Re:sheesh (5, Funny)

frieked (187664) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857609)

Gonna disagree with me eh?

That's it... 2 men enter, 1 man leave
me and you buddy :p

well, in that case (4, Funny)

sydlexic (563791) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857699)

he sure looks old for his age. in close-ups he reminds me of the cigarette man.

Re:well, in that case (2)

Reality Master 101 (179095) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857747)

Well, Mad Max is supposed to be pretty weather-beaten. :)

profit ? (5, Insightful)

a7244270 (592043) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857493)

I wonder if they will make any money.

According to the article they are going to spend about 180 mil to make MM4, and MM1,2,3 combined made less than 70 mil.

But then again, these days is seems like all you need ia a hot chick and some special effects to rake it in - plot optional.

Re:profit ? (2, Redundant)

Sancho (17056) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857514)

Ah, but are those numbers inflated? Movies cost more now than they did then.

Re:profit ? (5, Informative)

dvdeug (5033) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857702)

Ah, but are those numbers inflated? Movies cost more now than they did then.

The original Mad Max was made on a very low budget. It was the highest profit to cost ratio movie until Blair Witch. So cheap that the only actor to wear real leather was Mel Gibson - the other characters had to do with fake leather.

(All from the pop-up-video type notes on the DVD.)

Re:profit ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4857537)

Don't forget to take into account the cost of special effects now and inflation over the years since the last Mad Max movie and I bet that $70,000,000 works out to be a little higher.

Of course, I doubt it comes close to $180,000,000 for each movie. But if it's a good movie (3 years to polish the script), it should do quite well.

Re:profit ? (2, Funny)

JVert (578547) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857566)

I wonder how much Elijah Wood will make in 10 years make to star in Lord of the Rings 4...

Re:profit ? (3, Interesting)

On Lawn (1073) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857575)

From an email I recieved this morning...

The trilogy of "Mad Max" pictures, for all their iconic value, amounted to a rather slender box office, grossing only $69 million in total domestically. That's partly because the 1979 original, released by Village Roadshow, Orion
Pictures and AIP, was hardly seen Stateside at all. The franchise only grew significant with "Mad Max: The Road Warrior."

Re:profit ? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4857579)

First of all, the article said it was a $104 million project.

Secondly, they said the first three movies grossed 69 million in the US. That doesn't count internation box office totals nor all the other sources of income consistant with films that achieve cult status.

Re:profit ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4857581)

1. Big Star
2. Hot Girl
3. Special Effects
4. Rehashed Plot
5. Profit?? Yes lots

Re:profit ? (5, Funny)

nakedbonzai (618338) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857619)

As long as Kevin Costner isn't starring in it, it'll make money.

Re:profit ? (5, Insightful)

kizarny (246599) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857746)

Waterworld made money, over $70 million in its first domestic box office run, before overseas export, video release and licensing. It's a seldom stated film industry secret but... they all eventually make money.

Re:profit ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4857749)

The project is set up at Twentieth Century Fox. Studio insiders say the $104 million project will begin shooting in Australia next May as the targeted start date.

now the trolls are being modded up???

RTFA before you moderate.

25 million? (5, Funny)

PanBanger (465405) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857495)

I guess we know who run Bartertown.

Re:25 million? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4857613)

somebody please mod this guy up funny.

damn near spit out my drink

With that salary... (3, Interesting)

jackb_guppy (204733) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857496)

This film will be about as good as number 3. Which was about as good as WaterWorld.

The low budget Mad Max 1 & 2 were great, even though 2 was over dubbed in American.

PALESTINIANS SUX0R MY BALZ (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4857497)

Filthy terrorists know how to do it. Ask any goat, they know.

What? (0, Troll)

Kenja (541830) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857499)

"As a big fan of all 3 Mad Max films, I am looking forward to this one!"

You admit to being a "fan" of Thunder Dome? Blarg.

Re:What? (2)

Jonny Ringo (444580) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857530)

He's.. he's just a child! He doesn't know any better.

Re:What? (4, Funny)

chuckfirment (197857) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857539)

"You admit to being a "fan" of Thunder Dome? Blarg."

I definately admit to it. To this day I'll occasionally hear the chanting in my head, "Two men enter! One man leave!"

Thankfully it's at completely inappropriate times like corporate meetings or trying to merge in traffic.

Chuck Firment

Two Men Enter (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4857558)

One man BLEEDS [goatse.cx]

Re:What? (2)

dillon_rinker (17944) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857709)

Ignore the plot and much of the dialog. Look at the world. There are few other films that build as good a world as the Mad Max films did. It's not a great movie, I'll grant that, but it's still great entertainment.

I hope it doesn't star Tina Turner (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4857504)

nuff said

What is Mad Max? (-1, Troll)

nuc134r m4n (547915) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857507)

See Subject

Oh Goody (3, Insightful)

TheGreenLantern (537864) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857508)

Yet another unecessary, overhyped sequel to an aging franchise that has not been original in over 10 years. What's not to love?

Re:Oh Goody (3, Informative)

daeley (126313) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857673)

has not been original in over 10 years

Might have been a smidge difficult to be more original in that time frame given that the last Mad Max movie [imdb.com] came out in 1985, bub.

Re:Oh Goody (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4857710)

Yet another unecessary, overhyped sequel to an aging franchise that has not been original in over 10 years.

Did you really expect them to make "original" films in this franchise when they weren't making any? Jesus, you've got high expectations. I suppose Kurosawa hasn't been original in a few years either now that he's dead.

The points my sarcasm is trying to make is that a.) when something is original, it stays original - that's not a transient that changes over time b.) Since no road warrior movies have been made in 17 years, the series hasn't had a chance to add any original movies in the last 10 years. As an aside, I also happen to think "Beyond Thunderdome" was the best of the bunch and despite the fact that I'm tired of Gibson I think there's a good chance that this will be a good movie in a genre that's had little output of interest to me in the recent past.

YYYEEEEESSSSSSSS! (3, Funny)

throbbingbrain.com (443482) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857509)

This is perhaps the coolest thing to ever happen!!


"Two days ago I saw a vehicle that'd haul that tanker. You want to get out of here, you talk to me."

"Damage? You should see the damage, bronze! Metal damage! Brain damage! You listening bronze??!"

Ahh. I feel better now...

Re:YYYEEEEESSSSSSSS! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4857715)

You forgot:

"I am the NightRider! I am a fuel-injected suicide machine! I am a rocker! I am a roller! I am the chosen one! The mighty & the vengeance, sent down to strike the unworthy! I'm hotter than a rolling dice! Step right up chum & watch the kid lay down a rubber road right to freedom!!!"

"The Toe-Cutter - he knows who I am!!"

FP,NPN&P,HG,ISR,AYB,IBC,1,2,3P (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4857510)

FIRST "In Soviet Russia, Natalie Portman pours hot grits down her pants while you are naked and petrified, imagining a beowulf cluster of frost pists are belong to us - you better believe that's a paddling!" POST!

WTF?

3. Profit!

Re:FP,NPN&P,HG,ISR,AYB,IBC,1,2,3P (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4857607)

so um whats with the "Natalie Portman pours hot grits down her pants" stuff? dont get it...explain

Re:FP,NPN&P,HG,ISR,AYB,IBC,1,2,3P (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4857648)

Responding to trolls? That's a paddling!

Yeah but will they be clever... (5, Funny)

Jonny Ringo (444580) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857511)

enough to make it look as low budget as the first one? Paying Mel 25 million they may not have a choice! :-)

they'll have some continuity issues, won't they? (2, Interesting)

condour75 (452029) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857516)

I mean, weren't we supposed to expect the apocalypse to have happened by now already? Or is it like a James Bond or Superman thing, the old Umberto Eco concept of the Open Text. I dunno.

Re:they'll have some continuity issues, won't they (1)

Karel Capek (409952) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857620)

No, no.
After the apocalypse, the discover all the 80s
media on fail-safe celluloid and microfilm. And so the post-apocalyptic retrofashion and cars with mechanical distributors are born.

Exactly .. (2)

SuperDuG (134989) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857519)

He learned while leaving the thunderdome from masterblaster ... it's all about making them need you, or controlling something they need!!

25 mill!!

William Wallace (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4857523)

I am William Wallace. And, I see a whole army of my country men, here in defiance of tyranny. You've come to fight as freemen, and freemen you are. What will you do without freedom?! Will you fight?

Man: No . . . we will run . . . and we will live.

William Wallace: Aye. Fight and you may die. Run and you'll live, at least a while. And, dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for one chance -- just one chance -- to come back here and tell our enemies, that they may take our lives, but they'll never take our freedom!

According to Google News??? (1)

Brent_DS (526929) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857526)

Try CNN/BBC/etc.

I'm sure the folks over at Google would like to know that they have entered the world of journalism!

hmmmmm (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4857527)

1. Nother Mad Max Film (Granpa Max)

2. ???

3. Profit (yeah right)

Mad Max: The Geriatric Years (1, Troll)

Sinjun (176671) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857529)

Isn't Gibson getting a bit too old for the action genre? What are they going to title the film, Mad Max Breaks a Hip? Maybe he could drive a junked Caddie going 5 mph.

Coming soon! (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4857538)


Mad Max 4:Beyond the Nursing Home

Geek Quote coming ... okay here it is .... (3, Funny)

airrage (514164) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857541)

Remember where you are. This is Thunderdome. Death is listening, and will take the first man who screams.

Of course, I say Remember where you are. This is Slashdot. Mod is listening, and will take the first man who posts.

We don't need another hero, hero, all we want is what's beyond Thunderdome!

A sequel.... (0, Troll)

mrjive (169376) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857543)

I wonder if they're gonna get Tina Turner to reprise her role?

That would be excellent

According to Google News? (5, Funny)

FreeLinux (555387) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857544)

You mean according to Google News by way of CNN, by way of Reuters, don't ya?

High Polish (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4857545)

...the script has been in the works for 3 years and is highly polished.

3 years!?! That script must be so polished you have to shield your eyes from it.

Come in Cap'n Walka! (1)

Punk Walrus (582794) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857546)

Wow... a sequel to Beyond the Thunderdome. I know I speak for everyone in Slashdot when I say that I wanted to see if Tina Turner ran Bartertown better than Master Blaster. [/sarcasm]

"Four films enter! One film leaves!"

Mel in a dog costume (3, Funny)

eyeball (17206) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857548)

Am I the only one that read the title as "Furry Road?"

Re:Mel in a dog costume (2)

daeley (126313) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857643)

Mel in a dog costume
Am I the only one that read the title as "Furry Road?"


Welllllllll, Mel in a dog costume is not the first thing I think of when I see that title you...

Never mind. This is a family geek discussion board. ;)

MAD Max? (4, Funny)

Scotch Game (442068) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857550)

For $25,000,000 for the fourth movie he should go from "Mad Max" to "Old, Rich, Happy Max".

Re:MAD Max? (3, Funny)

Jonny Ringo (444580) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857616)

Capital One comerial? Or new Mad Max film?
What's in your wallet Mel?

re: New Mad Max Film (5, Funny)

jonerik (308303) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857554)

According to Google News Mel Gibson has signed up for a new Mad Max film "Fury Road".

And it's already available at sidewalk kiosks throughout China.

More apocalyptic blather? (5, Interesting)

guacamolefoo (577448) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857555)

I read about the movie this morning on CNN, but I wasn't really that excited by it. The interesting part of the story arc has been exhausted, IMHO. I'm not exactly sure where this one will go, unless it is a rehash of the last two plots.

1. Mad Max = world going to hell
2. Road Warrior = world gone to hell
3. Thunderdome = World gone to hell, but redeeming itself
4. New movie = (?) Make money!

There is some overlap (Road Warrior had an inkling of redemption at the end, but it was more explicit in Thunderdome.

This may end up being a good action flick, but I am not seeing significant potential to do anything very new or exciting. I expect that, like Mel, we'll find out that the series is old and tired.

guac-foo.

Re:More apocalyptic blather? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4857604)

4. New movie = (?) Make money!

Repost with the word "profit!" for an instant +5 ;)

Re:More apocalyptic blather? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4857669)

i think that the plot should be about how china has resurrected itself faster then any other country and is now trying to invade australia, so mad max rallies the locals and fends them off.

I don't know (5, Funny)

tps12 (105590) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857556)

I'll see it, I'm sure, but I'm skeptical as to whether the true spirit of the originals will persist. The ideas and expressions that once comprised pop culture have changed so much that the original Mad Max themes of individualist strength and moral integrity will probably be cast aside in favor of a more contemporary populist sensibility.

By way of comparison, consider that "Popeye" had a character called Wimpy, who was addicted to hamburgers (a stand-in for alcohol in those more sensitive times). He was continuously broke, and to finance his habit was reduced to trying to con other characters out of their money ("I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today"). His crippling addiction lost him everything, even his dignity. He was not a hero, but a character to be pitied for his devotion to something so artificial and his lack of work ethic.

Look at today's children's cartoons and you'll find nothing like Wimpy. Instead, you'll see obviously gay characters like Spongebob Squarepants, who epitomizes and glorifies chronic laziness and disrespect for authority. Even his name, "Squarepants," alludes to the angular uniforms of China's Red Army. Is it any surprise that generation Xers grow up with no work ethic and a feeling of entitlement, when they have been indoctrinated with this kind of skewed moral framework? The values expressed in the original Mad Max films are completely alien to them, and I'm not optimistic that they'll come through at all.

Re:I don't know (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4857630)

That commentary was so pathetic I was going to add you to my foe list, only to find you were already there.

I do love Popeye though. Spinach is a euphemism for marijuana if you ask me. Except that in one episode he ACTUALLY sucked marijuana through his pipe (It was labelled "mexican loco weed".)

My point? I don't necessarily have noe.

Re:I don't know (5, Interesting)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857706)

Here's how I understand the spinach thing:

Popeye was originally an adult comic strip, published for sailors out at sea. It was in something like stars and stripes, or whatever.

Anyways, he was a charicature of 'a sailor man', and would go ashore, get drunk, pick up hookers, swear constantly, and fight anyone who crossed his path.

Anyhow, kids would get ahold of the comic and start reading it. And, much like today (GTA3, etc) parents and do-gooders protested and whined. "Please think of the children".

So as a gag, EC Segar decided to mock all the whiners and put a 'kid friendly' message into one of the strips - he ate his spinach and then kicked everyones ass. It stuck.

It was a running gag to mock whiners. Eventually it became nothing more than a kids cartoon, but the spinach thing was already there.

Besides, he doesnt suck it through a pipe.

BTW, the "mexican loco weed" thing is an urban legend. It never happened.

Re:I don't know (1)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857633)

Spongebob?! No work ethic?!

You haven't seen the show.

He lives for his fry cook work at the Krusty Krab, even willing to accept a pair of squeaky boots in lieu of payment.

Anti-spongebob troll. The worst of the worst.

Re:I don't know (3, Informative)

pmancini (20121) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857645)

Um, Spongebob is not gay. He has a rather attractive squiril girlfriend. (how do you spell the name of that rodent???)

While the gay-ultra-left may push for Good 'ole Spongebob to be gay, he ain't!

Plus, who cares? The Pirate is the real star of the show!

You mean Sandy, the bull dyke squirrel? (1, Flamebait)

typical geek (261980) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857677)

The one who can outlift spongebob, and easily beats the shit out of him, and his lover Patrick?

Can you say beard?

Yes, but Australian culture is still different (3, Funny)

typical geek (261980) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857653)

and as long as Kennedy shoots the films in Australia, enough of the Australian culture, with it's swaggering, hard drinking, tough individualistic nature that show in Mad Max I and II, will flavor Mad Max IV so that it can avoid the worst excesses of the namby-pamby PC culture we live in.

True, the Aussie have had to turn in their guns, and since the Olympics in Sydney they can no longer beat and kill the blackfellas with impunity, but they're still just about the most macho sorts on earth.

So, yes, I have high hopes for this sequel, and as a devoted Mad MAx fan, you can bet that once it's been shot, I will stay up all night scouring WinMX, edonkey and Kazaa for the divx to download.

Mad Max my ass (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4857557)

Man, who the hell wants to talk about Mad Max movies? What's so good about them? They're hardly masterpieces or anything... I remember enjoying them when I was, maybe, six years old, but when I tried to watch them again in my teens, they'd been magically transformed into dross.

Let's rile up some decent comments! Here's a couple to get people started:

Mac's suck!
PC's suck!
Slashdot editors suck!
Slashdot moderators suck!

Beowulf clusters suck?

Wait, highly polished... (1)

terraformer (617565) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857561)

Apparently the script has been in the works for 3 years and is highly polished. As a big fan of all 3 Mad Max films, I am looking forward to this one!

How is going to anything like the first three???

Re:Wait, highly polished... (1)

Karel Capek (409952) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857701)

Right.
when episode I was first announced I immediately thought:
Cool! they're gonna kit all those new hollywood actors up in 70s garb for continuity. Gonna be a challenge, but worth the effort.
Imagine my surprise.

Is he still MAD max? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4857563)

For 25 million, you'd think maybe he'd change his name to:

Rolling-in-piles-of-money-with-many-nekkid-ladie s Max

re:Mad Max 4- (1)

one_red_god (598280) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857568)

will they film this in australia? im thinking someone's going to get paid a pretty penny for a v8 falcon interceptor...as the origional is a rusted shell in someones backyard these days..

Re:Mad Max 4- (1)

HillBilly (120575) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857707)

I remember watching on TV a while a go that the Mad Max fan club (which involves the Feral Kid) have there own look-a-like interceptor in working condition.

Army Vs Mad Max (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4857592)

Give Bruce Cambel 25,000 and he will still make a better movie then mel at 25,000,000

I expect... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4857594)

...they'll be selling pirated DVD's of this by next week in China. Bush should mount an assult and steal back the Way-Back Machine.

Aging Franchise? (1)

raiyu (573147) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857597)

And star wars isnt an aging franchise. Not to start a flame war, but I see no problem with another Mad Max film. Mel Gibson isnt that old, I liked Mad Max, even if Thunderdome sucked. If the plot has really been in the works for three years there may be a chance that it wont suck, certainly Im willing to give this film the benefit of the doubt, simply because there has been such a huge stretch between this film and the last.

At least this long stretch should tell you its not a sequel thats only trying to capitalize off of the success of the first film(s). Sequels to successful first films usually suffer as a result, but here we have will have the fourth installment, where there were good and bad sequels, so hopefully they figured out what to do and not to do. Not to mention technology has advanced and the budget is definitely bigger, so there is potential to really close out the Mad Max franchise with a bang. So long as they dont get carried away with stupidity (Thunderdome).

Let's see.... (5, Insightful)

Schnapple (262314) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857602)

  1. Original director from first film
  2. Big budget
  3. A script that's been in the works for years
  4. Beloved franchise
  5. Original actors where possible
Sounds like it can't go wrong, right?

Can you say The Phantom Menace?

this can't be good (3, Insightful)

s.d. (33767) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857610)

With the first one made in 1979, that means mel gibson will be what, 25 yrs or so older in this one. Now I realize he's only going to be 47 this coming yr, but still, it strikes me the same as making a new Indiana Jones movie at this point. It's a sequel to a movie (or series of movies) I liked a lot, but is the actor too old to portray the character? I don't want to think of Indiana Jones or Mad Max as older -- they're the guys in the originals, characters like that don't age. It's why they switch James Bond actors. You don't want to see James Bond realistically portrayed as a 60 yr old spy. He's a 30+ yr old guy kicking ass and sleeping with hot women.

Re:this can't be good (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4857663)

Haven't you seen "Neven Say Never Again?"

Re:this can't be good (3, Interesting)

dillon_rinker (17944) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857684)

Watch the first three movies. The world ages...so do the characters. I see no paradox in revisiting the world after another 5-10 years and find that Max looks 15 years older. Youth and beauty can never beat old age and treachery, you know.

I'm not sure if I want to see the result (1)

Gadzinka (256729) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857624)

Apparently the script has been in the works for 3 years and is highly polished.

Judging from my experience, if the script for 90" flick took years to finish it is more of a comitee compromise than the work of art.

So I would expect the main character to be strong bl^H^Hafrican-american lesbian of Jewish origin which was molested in childhood by Catholic nun.

What? You can't have these in post-apocalyptical Australia? Wait till you see them ;)

$104 million dollar project... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4857627)

a quarter of which is Mel's $25 mil salary...lmao...

Mad Max Movies FAQ (4, Informative)

eht (8912) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857628)

Mad Max Movies FAQ [madmaxmovies.com] is a great link for all thing's Mad Max

In this episode... (5, Funny)

ptomblin (1378) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857632)

He makes it to the shore just as Kevin Costner steps ashore from his catamaran.

MAD MAX Beyond Geritol (5, Funny)

GodHead (101109) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857635)


Mel will be driving a beat up station wagon, with the right turn signel flashing, 20 miles an hour under the speed limit while looking for an all-you-can-eat buffet.

How they got Mel to sign (3, Funny)

sielwolf (246764) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857637)

George Miller: "Paaaat-NAAzzz!"
Mel Gibson: "I'm in!"

sigh (4, Funny)

Torinaga-Sama (189890) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857644)

[TinaTurner]

We don't need another sequel

[/TinaTurner]

Melstralia (1)

Tiger (9272) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857651)

After years and years of de-Australianizing his own voice in the interest of his Hollywood (, California, USA) career, will Mel be able to recover his Aussie accent in order to play the part he played 20 years ago?

Or will he be the Kevin Costner of the post-apocalyptic Australian outback - "born" there, "raised" there, and yet sounding out of place next to all the extras?

I have visions of Mel watching Gallipolli, that movie he was on some desert island, and the one where a bunch of aussie commandos land in China to try and get back to his "roots".

Think Radioactive Man and "Up and Atom!"

B O R I N G (0)

ClintJCL (264898) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857657)

Did anyone else think that Mad Max 1 was one of the most pathetic, over-hyped, FULLY BORING movies ever produced?

The version where they have dubbed "Australian" into "English" is even worse. (See IMDB.com Trivia if you don't believe me.) It sounds like some Chinese Kung Fu movie -- all the voices are equally loud. TOO Equal.

That movie put me to sleep. I'd be happier if I'd never seen it.

Odd-numbered Mad Max movies suck (2)

adb (31105) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857737)

But The Road Warrior had a crazy fucker throwing Molotov cocktails from an ultralight. How cool is that?

Title? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4857674)

So what will the title be? Road Geezer? Crotchety Max?

Necessary digital post-production (1)

barries (15577) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857696)

They're going to have to edit out Mel's cane and film at a slightly
slower speed to make him look like he's moving at normal speed compared
to the first few movies.

- Barrie

MM4: Beyond Beyond Thunderdome (1)

frenchgates (531731) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857697)

Man, after that stinker of a 3rd movie I can't believe they have the heart or balls to do this.

We Need Max (1)

jazman_777 (44742) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857724)

We've needed him for a long time. It's pretty bad here around Redmond these days.

If I get a good video game out of this, I'm happy. (2)

teamhasnoi (554944) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857725)

I am well overdue for a Interstate 76 / Grand Theft Auto 3 / Fallout type Mad Max game for the PC.

Learn how Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome [slashdot.org] can help you make long term data backups!

Where is Tina? (2)

mustangdavis (583344) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857729)

Barta-town just won't be the same without her ...

Just imagine the love scene ... Tina, Mel, and viagra!

Highly Polished (5, Insightful)

sdo1 (213835) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857730)

Highly Polished... yea, I know what that means. It means a committee has been hard at work f***ing up what was probably a pretty good script.

A couple of recent script-by-committee disasters include "How the Grinch Stole Christmas", "Batman and Robin", and "The Scorpion King". Of course having one person in full control of the script isn't necessarily a good thing either as Mr. Lucas has so painfully pointed out.

-S

Walk away. Just walk away. (3, Funny)

Bitter Cup O Joe (146008) | more than 11 years ago | (#4857743)

While I'd love to see a good new movie, and I hope that the script really is as polished as everyone attached is claiming, I get the feeling that the best move is to walk away.

Of course, as soon as I turn to leave, I'll catch a crossbow bolt through the head by some mohawked buy hissing at me.
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