George Miller Addresses MAD MAX Production Concerns and is Bringing Toecutter Back
Saturday brought news that Mad Max: Fury Road and the already planned follow up, Mad Max: Furiosa, had hit production delays again. Director George Miller cleared things up and teased the return of a villain from the original movie.
It seems the same delay that pushed back filming earlier this year is the same culprit causing problems currently. Miller has been attempting to shoot scenes in the Broken Hill area of Australia but unseasonal rains have made the land too fertile. In an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald the director had this to say:
Unfortunately for Mad Max, what was wasteland is now this wonderful flower garden… We’ve looked at every single nook and cranny in Australia for these specific locations… Broken Hill has become such a base for outback films: you’ve got the infrastructure of the city itself and the treeless plains beyond. Obviously if we go to Namibia or Morocco or Chile it’s a different kettle of fish, but we want to shoot it here.
There were concerns over union issues and the Australian economy but Miller made sure to put any of those rumors to rest.
Warners are very, very committed to the film, as we are. There is nothing like creative problems. It's not an issue of budget; we're covered on the Australian dollar rise.
He also assured that stars Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron will be ready when shooting begins with the new start date of July at the earliest and more likely September-October. Miller also revealed that Hugh Keays-Byrne, who played Toecutter in the first Mad Max, would be in the new production. Toecutter seemed to meet an untimely demise at the end of the original but Hollywood always figures out a way to resurrect a character.