George Miller on how Mad Max run out of gas


“Mad Max Fury Road” has been switched on and off more times than a kettle. That we know. What we don’t know is whether or not it’ll ever see the light of day. Personally, I’m not convinced the apocalyptic ex-cop isn’t without curse.

George Miller, the film’s writer/director, has been out stumping “Happy Feet 2” this past weekend and told Coming Soon he expects to “theoretically” put lens to mug on the fourth “Max” film next year.

“Theoretically, it’s next year,” Miller said of Fury Road, which plans to place Tom Hardy in the role originated by Mel Gibson. “We have 150 big vehicles built and so on.”

“[W]e were all geared up for that,” Miller recalled. “We were all set to shoot in the Australian desert and then unprecedented rain came and what was the wasteland — completely flat, red earth — is now a flower garden. The big massive salt flats in the center of Australia where they do record speed trials and stuff is now full of pelicans and fish… We sort of lost the wasteland.”

Though the hope is to move forward in 2012, Miller was quick to point out that it’s impossible to know when a movie is going to happen until the camera is actually rolling.

“You know, John Lennon said, ‘Life is what happens when you’re making other plans'”, Miller smiled. “Films keep on coming out of my head and I never know what film I’m going to make next. Common and I were going to work on a ‘Justice League’ movie together. He was cast as Green Lantern and it was almost greenlit when it fell away. I fell in love with the guy and I called him up and said, ‘You can’t play the Green Lantern, but how about playing a penguin?'”

“Mad Max : Fury Road” and “Mad Max : Furiosa”, two new back-to-back “Max” scripts Miller wants to film, have the attached interests of Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron.