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New Mad Max Film 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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  • sheesh (Score:2, Interesting)

    by frieked ( 187664 )
    and I thought he was too old for the last lethal weapon.
  • profit ? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by a7244270 ( 592043 ) on Tuesday December 10, 2002 @05:25PM (#4857493) Homepage Journal
    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.

  • 25 million? (Score:5, Funny)

    by PanBanger ( 465405 ) on Tuesday December 10, 2002 @05:26PM (#4857495)
    I guess we know who run Bartertown.
  • With that salary... (Score:3, Interesting)

    by jackb_guppy ( 204733 ) on Tuesday December 10, 2002 @05:26PM (#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.
    • Beyond Thunderdome was the easily the best Mad Max film. Hell, it's probably in the top 5 sf films of all time. Yep, 2001, Star Wars, Thunderdome, that sounds about right.
  • Oh Goody (Score:3, Insightful)

    by TheGreenLantern ( 537864 ) <thegreenlntrn@yahoo.com> on Tuesday December 10, 2002 @05:26PM (#4857508) Homepage Journal
    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 (Score:3, Informative)

      by daeley ( 126313 )
      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.
    • "Yet another unecessary, overhyped sequel to an aging franchise that has not been original in over 10 years. What's not to love?"

      Like I've got the time for anything but a time tested plot.
  • by throbbingbrain.com ( 443482 ) on Tuesday December 10, 2002 @05:26PM (#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...

  • by Jonny Ringo ( 444580 ) on Tuesday December 10, 2002 @05:27PM (#4857511)
    enough to make it look as low budget as the first one? Paying Mel 25 million they may not have a choice! :-)
  • 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.
  • He learned while leaving the thunderdome from masterblaster ... it's all about making them need you, or controlling something they need!!

    25 mill!!

  • And of course... (Score:3, Informative)

    by killthiskid ( 197397 ) on Tuesday December 10, 2002 @05:27PM (#4857520) Homepage Journal
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 10, 2002 @05:29PM (#4857538)

    Mad Max 4:Beyond the Nursing Home

  • by airrage ( 514164 ) on Tuesday December 10, 2002 @05:29PM (#4857541) Homepage Journal
    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!
  • by FreeLinux ( 555387 ) on Tuesday December 10, 2002 @05:29PM (#4857544)
    You mean according to Google News by way of CNN, by way of Reuters, don't ya?
    • by tfreport ( 458641 ) on Tuesday December 10, 2002 @06:00PM (#4857866)
      This should be modded up. This was the first thing I thought about reading this article, there is no Google News in terms of reporting stories. Sure you can mention that they pointed you to the story but saying that something is acording to them is wrong.

      It has been said on Slashdot many times that Google should not be held responsible for what it links to (the whole Church of Scientology debate) but it then should also not credit for someone else's reporting. It is only the way it should be that you either always are responsible for links or you never are.
  • High Polish (Score:2, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward
    ...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.

  • by eyeball ( 17206 ) on Tuesday December 10, 2002 @05:30PM (#4857548) Journal
    Am I the only one that read the title as "Furry Road?"

    • 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? (Score:4, Funny)

    by Scotch Game ( 442068 ) on Tuesday December 10, 2002 @05:30PM (#4857550)
    For $25,000,000 for the fourth movie he should go from "Mad Max" to "Old, Rich, Happy Max".
  • by jonerik ( 308303 ) on Tuesday December 10, 2002 @05:30PM (#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.
  • by guacamolefoo ( 577448 ) on Tuesday December 10, 2002 @05:30PM (#4857555) Homepage Journal
    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.

    • by Telastyn ( 206146 ) on Tuesday December 10, 2002 @05:49PM (#4857764)
      Kinda like Harrison Ford and the "new" Indiana Jones movie? Or the Scooby Doo movie? Or the Star Wars prequels? Or...

      Seems like alot of Movie Execs (read: tripe) have gone from rehashing old, moderately good films, into moderate films with different names and just went straight to remaking the same damned film, this time with nostalgia!
    • by moosemoose ( 620072 ) on Tuesday December 10, 2002 @05:55PM (#4857820)
      Its actually, "furry road" and the plot involves an aging warrior who mows down small rodents on an abandoned interstate with his flamethrowing wheel chair in order to provide food to the starving survivors of the apocalypse.
    • Same thing with the new Terminator movie... It seems to me that Hollywood is scrambling for new ideas since their current batch of writers have run out. Meanwhile, some strange Kiwi's down south had the novel concept (no pun intended) of taking a famous piece of literature, adding massive amounts of love and care, and a heavy dose of creativity and integrity (both severely lacking in Hollywood) to make what looks to be a truly spectacular set of films on a relatively low budget ($70 million per film). Is anyone in Hollywood taking notes? If they are, are they taking the right notes? (I expect to see a slew of terrible fantasy clones released in the coming years until Hollywood once again learns the wrong lesson that fantasy films don't work...*sigh*)

      Hollywood today seems to be only capable of rehashing old ideas without any real creative imagination. I do not doubt that this creativity exists, but for some reason it is not allowed to thrive. Why is Lord of the Rings successful? There was very little involvement from the high level, Hollywood executives. They let the creative people be creative with plenty of financial backing and time to truly let them imaginations fly. It was something new and distinctive.

      Mad Max IV? When will Hollywood realize that what they need is true creativity. Throwing massive amounts of money at an old, fading idea does not equate to a great movie.

      Someday I'll think up a good sig...

    • by Col. Klink (retired) ( 11632 ) on Tuesday December 10, 2002 @06:16PM (#4858006)
      I think the plots are more like this:

      1. Mad Max = Max chased in his car
      2. Road Warrior = Max chased in his truck
      3. Thunderdome = Max chased in his train
      4. New movie = Max chased in his Rolls Royce
  • by tps12 ( 105590 ) on Tuesday December 10, 2002 @05:30PM (#4857556) Homepage Journal
    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 (Score:3, Informative)

      by pmancini ( 20121 )
      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!
    • 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.
  • Let's see.... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Schnapple ( 262314 ) <tomkidd@[ ]texas.com ['via' in gap]> on Tuesday December 10, 2002 @05:35PM (#4857602) Homepage
    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 (Score:3, Insightful)

    by s.d. ( 33767 ) on Tuesday December 10, 2002 @05:35PM (#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.
    • 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.
  • Mad Max Movies FAQ (Score:4, Informative)

    by eht ( 8912 ) on Tuesday December 10, 2002 @05:37PM (#4857628)
    Mad Max Movies FAQ [madmaxmovies.com] is a great link for all thing's Mad Max

  • by ptomblin ( 1378 ) <ptomblin@xcski.com> on Tuesday December 10, 2002 @05:38PM (#4857632) Homepage Journal
    He makes it to the shore just as Kevin Costner steps ashore from his catamaran.
  • by GodHead ( 101109 ) on Tuesday December 10, 2002 @05:38PM (#4857635) Homepage

    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.
    • It'd be funnier if Mr. Gibson would drive around in a custom paint GMC G series van (a la A-TEAM) with trusty old Mr. T as his sidekick. Mad Max, Mr. T, helluva ebonics and a spiffy van. Can't go wrong.

  • by sielwolf ( 246764 ) on Tuesday December 10, 2002 @05:38PM (#4857637) Homepage Journal
    George Miller: "Paaaat-NAAzzz!"
    Mel Gibson: "I'm in!"
  • sigh (Score:4, Funny)

    by Torinaga-Sama ( 189890 ) on Tuesday December 10, 2002 @05:39PM (#4857644) Homepage

    We don't need another sequel

  • 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!

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

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

  • Highly Polished (Score:5, Insightful)

    by sdo1 ( 213835 ) on Tuesday December 10, 2002 @05:46PM (#4857730) Journal
    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.

  • by Bitter Cup O Joe ( 146008 ) on Tuesday December 10, 2002 @05:47PM (#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.
  • They were so ahead of their time. the essential were doing what Water World tried to do 20 years before.

    The messages in the movie are subtle and often hidden under all the chaos and death, but they are there nonetheless.

    Mel Gibson is a superb actor, if anyone can pull this off it's him. Very few actors can sustain a series like this, Stallone, Arnold, Bruce Willis.

    I'm boycotting the theatres but I'll definately by the DVD.
  • Cloning (Score:3, Funny)

    by psyconaut ( 228947 ) on Tuesday December 10, 2002 @05:51PM (#4857775)
    At $25m/movie....aren't we getting close to the stage where it's cheaper to have Colbians kidnap the star, steal their DNA, and for underground Japanese cloning labs to clone said star? ;-)

    Hold on....I just gave away the plot for Mel Gibson's NEXT movie!!!

  • This is what the actualy article says about the script:

    "This is the most exhaustively prepared movie I have ever been associated with," said Hutch Parker, president of production at Twentieth Century Fox. "The script is as ready as they come."

    I can imagine the conversation:
    "So how does the script look?"
    "It's exhaustively prepared."
    "Is it good?"
    "It's as ready as they come!"
  • by happyhippy ( 526970 ) on Tuesday December 10, 2002 @05:56PM (#4857823)
    This or Terminator 3?

    Taking bets now.

  • by bmajik ( 96670 ) <matt@mattevans.org> on Tuesday December 10, 2002 @05:56PM (#4857826) Homepage Journal
    The Road Warrior was my favorite movie from the first time i saw it (at the tender age of 5) up until "The Devil's Advocate" came out.

    Nobody in kindergarten knew what the hell i was talking about if i asked them if they needed a guy to haul this rig.

    To this day, i still want the car he had in mad max. That supercharger (albeit fake) was the coolest thing i've ever seen. And i want a gear lever with a red button on it that makes the most glorious sound i've ever heard. I had a whole section on my website about the mad max car and some guy in .au emailed me about it with lots of details and info while i was in college. There are clone mad max cars up for auction from time to time. Hopefully, when im old and loaded, i'll be able to pick up a perfect replica mad-max car, with a _working_ super charger that somehow makes that incredible whine when i engage the supercharger.

    I've actually asked a couple of tuners about that functionality, apparently it was pretty suspect. To run a boosted motor you need to run lower compression pistons to avoid predetonation, which means that when the SC was disengaged you'd be making shit for power , (although i guess technically you'd be using less gas, but the engine would be way less than optimally efficient). that makes it basically a tradeoff, theres probably some crossover point where you're actually getting better "bang for your gas" with the SC engaged than with it off.

    Also, whowever invented the wrist-gauntlet mounted mini-crossbow is a diety.
    • Sorta sideways, but you point up why the Mad Max films WORKED: they were true to their own internal reality. The culture was bizarre, but it was believable in its own context, and the artifacts (such as the wrist-rocket style crossbow) were well-matched in that context. The vehicles are cool because they *feel* right, not just because they looked great.

      Back when Thunderdome came out, there were dire predictions that it would be a terrible movie and how no way in hell could it live up to MM2, yadda yadda. Well, it was a different kind of movie (much as MM1 and MM2 are *very* different from one another), but it was true to its world. It *worked*. Gee, it wasn't a letdown after all.

      So I'm inclined to give MM4 the benefit of the doubt.

  • timely! (Score:5, Funny)

    by kevin lyda ( 4803 ) on Tuesday December 10, 2002 @06:10PM (#4857958) Homepage
    woo-hoo! new mad max film. it would be a good idea to study it to learn how to live after bush starts a nuclear holocaust...
  • by El Camino SS ( 264212 ) on Tuesday December 10, 2002 @06:16PM (#4858014)

    I heard that in his contract on the set everyone is to refer to him as "Lord Humongous."

  • A cool plot (Score:3, Funny)

    by mao che minh ( 611166 ) on Tuesday December 10, 2002 @06:27PM (#4858101) Journal
    Max discovers an old crate of Viagra underneath some rubble, and heads back to Barter Town's red light district in a hurry.
  • by pagercam2 ( 533686 ) on Tuesday December 10, 2002 @06:27PM (#4858104)
    Patriot - American challenges the English Braveheart - Scottish challenges the English MadMax4 - Auzzies challenge the English?????
  • by X_Caffeine ( 451624 ) on Tuesday December 10, 2002 @07:27PM (#4858571)
    $25m = Can you name a single movie where the lead made that kind of $$ that was actually any good? I'd rather see Guy Pearce (Memento) or Bruce Campbell get paid $1m to play Max.

    "highly polished" == script-writing by committee, always a good sign.

    "script has been in the works for 3 years" = "The first draft sucked. The second draft sucked too. 37 drafts later, we still think it might suck, but then, we're the kind of jerks who will put a script through three years worth of rewrites before shooting a lame horse."

    My suggestion for the title: "Mad Max Resurrection." I wanna be optimistic, but oh man this looks bad...
    • $25m = Can you name a single movie where the lead made that kind of $$ that was actually any good? I'd rather see Guy Pearce (Memento) or Bruce Campbell get paid $1m to play Max.

      The Sixth Sense. Bruce Willis made a hell of a lot of money on that film, and it was an amazing piece of work. I think that's from having a percentage of the gross, though.

      I really don't know whether this will be any good or not, but I'm certainly willing to give it a chance. We'll see...

  • Script? (Score:4, Funny)

    by BryanL ( 93656 ) <lowtherbf.gmail@com> on Tuesday December 10, 2002 @07:29PM (#4858577)
    "Apparently the script has been in the works for 3 years and is highly polished"

    I have read childrens books to my four year old that have had more words than the first three movies combined. What can there be to polish?
  • Branding (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Animats ( 122034 ) on Tuesday December 10, 2002 @10:19PM (#4859525) Homepage
    No actor is worth $25M. It's branding, not talent. I'm surprised that Hollywood hasn't figured out a way around that problem.

    Some years ago, a friend of mine dragged me backstage at a major rock concert during setup, and I was hearing how the show had two sets of equipment and props, leap-frogging each other from city to city, with one group in setup while another was in teardown. I was talking to one of the promoter's financial people, and said, "So why not have two sets of musicians. Cats has two road companies. Barnum and Bailey Circus has two units. There have been rock groups where, over time, all the members of the band were replaced. And nobody can see those guys on stage (this was in a football stadium, and before big-screen projectors) anyway. Your costs will go up by only 20-30%, but revenue will double." He looked very thoughtful for a while.

    Someday, Clear Channel will probably pull this off.

    • Kraftwerk (Score:3, Funny)

      by davevr ( 29843 )
      I believe Kraftwerk did this a few decades ago... They were an entirely electronic band, and would give "live" performances with just automatons on stage. Good Stuff!!

      "I am the operator / with my pocket calculator"

      oops, I am indicating my age... :-(

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