Back in 2009 George Miller was all set to shoot Mad Max Fury Road, a sequel to the Mel Gibson films which would be set shortly after the events of Beyond Thunderdome (1985). Miller had planned to shoot in the Australian outback as the series is set in a post-apocalyptic future following the breakdown of society, and the bleak outback fit the bill.
But then unseasonal rains hit the region, and while people living there welcomed it, Miller decided to delay shooting for a year in the hope of regaining the post-apocalyptic landscape. Well it’s been 9 months since shooting was delayed, and unfortunately for Miller the Australian outback is still full of life.
The director recently spoke about the situation to The Sydney Morning Herald:
…looking to start pre-production on the fourth Mad Max in October, Miller was hoping the desert would dry out to resemble the required post-apocalyptic landscape. The film crew had built a road in the desert and had stored 150 vehicles for the film, which will star Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron and Hugh Keays-Byrne. “The Mad Max landscape looked like Wales,” Miller told Garry Maddox. “There was a carpet of flowers on the location we were shooting on. There’s no way it’s going to brown off. Not only that, we wanted to shoot some of the shots on Lake Eyre but now it’s full of pelicans.”
Miller said the search is now on for a new (pelican-free) filming location both within Australia and internationally, possibly in Morocco, Chile or China. Miller also revealed that Fury Road will be the first part of a new Mad Max trilogy, with scripts being written for the fifth and sixth films.
Tom Hardy (Inception) will play the lead, and he’ll be joined by Charlize Theron and X-Men: First Class actors Nicholas Hoult and Zoë Kravitz. The film will apparently follow a convoy of women known as the ‘Fives Wives’ who require protection during a road trip.