Mad Max: Fury Road didn’t have a pitch perfect weekend at the box office (because Pitch Perfect 2 scored a massive debut and earned about $25 million more dollars than it did), but its $44.4 million opening already makes it the highest grossing Mad Max movie of all time in the U.S., and its $100 million worldwide and counting is nothing to sneeze at. Director George Miller has already made it clear that Fury Road is designed to kick off a whole new run of Mad Max films with new series star Tom Hardy, and if the next sequel does happen, he’s even got a title picked out and everything. Miller told Jeff Goldsmith on The Q&A Podcast that the fifth Mad Max film would be called Mad Max: The Wasteland.
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It’s been almost 30 years since the last Mad Max movie (Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome) hit theaters in 1985, and almost ever since then director George Miller has been working on a sequel. That sequel, Mad Max: Fury Road, has been in the works for over 25 years and started filming over three years ago. In the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies, we take a look at Fury Road. It’s time to remember The Road Warrior. The man we called “Max”…
“This is a movie that strains at the leash of the possible, a movie of great visionary wonders.” That lovely sentence concluded Roger Ebert’s 1985 review of Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. Thirty years later, Mad Max is finally back in a new sequel, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Ebert’s words feel truer than ever. Fury Road is an incredible achievement, one that strains so hard at the leash of the possible that it eventually breaks free and barrels headlong into the realm of insane genius. Forget Max Rockatansky; director George Miller, the guy who co-conceived and shot this gorgeous, glorious lunacy, is the true madman here. And the true hero for having pulled it off.
Tom Hardy was all set to star in Suicide Squad, the first DC movie to hit theaters after Batman vs. Superman. He was going to be the star of the movie, in a movie filled with stars like Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto. But, just a few months before filming, he abruptly dropped out of the production and was later replaced by Joel Kinnaman. Hardy, however, says he has plans to return to the DC universe and he’s already working with Warner Bros. on a new secret project.
The Punisher has been making the gossip rounds as Daredevil cast and creators espouse their interest in seeing Frank Castle go up against Netflix’s Defenders. We don’t yet know if Marvel intends to rebirth the Punisher for the MCU, but should anyone don the famous skull emblem, a certain Tom Hardy would like to throw his hat in the ring.
Six. Six new clips from Mad Max: Fury Road, for all you impatient readers who just can’t wait another couple of weeks. The above clip features part of a scene we saw at SXSW back in March, formally introducing Charlize Theron’s Furiosa, who gets into a rowdy fight with Tom Hardy’s Max. Theron is featured more heavily in these new clips, which also showcase some of the chase sequences we’ve seen in the trailers.
When Mad Max: Fury Road was announced, it was reportedly the first in a new series of films that would be followed shortly thereafter by Mad Max: Furiosa, a new sequel focused on Charlize Theron’s character. This was before the production fell behind schedule, went way over budget and reports surfaced that Theron and co-star Tom Hardy weren’t even speaking to each other on set. Now, with the benefit of hindsight, Charlize Theron isn't so sure she wants to take another ride on Fury Road.
You know what’s better than Tom Hardy? Two Tom Hardys for the price of one. That’s what we get in the first trailer for 1960s gangster drama Legend, from the Academy Award-winning writer of L.A. Confidential, lending it a little extra cred for good measure — as if two Tom Hardys wasn’t enough for you.
Now that Avengers: Age of Ultron is arriving this weekend, we can start focusing more of our excitement (if even possible) on Mad Max: Fury Road. We’ve got one final trailer for the film, and it features perhaps the most dialogue and exposition yet — that’s definitely quite a change from previous trailers for the film. What hasn’t changed: fire, blood, monstrous vehicles, and that lovely day Nicholas Hoult has been going on about.
In addition to melting your faces off in Mad Max: Fury Road this year, Tom Hardy will show us a very different side of himself in the upcoming British film London Road. The musical (yes, musical) is based on the acclaimed National Theatre production of the same name, which follows local residents in a town coping with a sensational murder case. In case that didn’t clue you in, this isn’t your typical musical.