MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Prepping for Over 200 Stunts with 130 Vehicles
George Miller's next installment of the Mad Max franchise has been in the works for over 25 years. Just recently, several actors and crew members associated with the post-apocalyptic film have provided updates on it's progress.
It appears that after over two decades of waiting, fans of the Mad Max trilogy will finally know what happens "beyond Thunderdome." Actor Tom Hardy has officially singed on to take over the iconic role from the man who made it famous, Mel Gibson. According to director George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road is a continuation of the Road Warrior story line and will take place after the events of the third film. Earlier this year, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that model-turned-actress Riley Keough (who also happens to be Elvis Presley's granddaughter) was in final talks to star in the film; though there has been no information released as to how substantial her role could be. She joins the already established cast of Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer.
Though the production start date for the project is still over a year away, several key members of the crew have already begun prepping for what will undoubtedly be a grueling, heavy-handed action shoot. Transmoto magazine spoke with motorcycle stuntman Cameron Taylor, currently busy rehearsing stunts for Fury Road, who wanted to let audiences know the scope of this film's record worthy action:
“It’s a big budget deal that’s got 130 cars and bikes and 298 stunts! I’m literally riding all day at the moment, jumping up cliffs and doing some technical riding. So it’s hard work, but good fun. The on-set catering is insane, with choice-cut steaks and all sorts of gourmet stuff, but I think they’re holding off on desserts for us as they want us to all have that skinny, feral desert look. Even I have to lose weight to look right! It’s cool as we are actually going to be part of the movie, not just stunt doubles. I’ll be back out here early next year for seven months while the thing is filmed."
Many modern films rely on computer generated effects to handle over-the-top scenes involving car crashes and the like; but Fury Road doesn't seem to be one of them. It is also important to note that this movie will not only have a 3D theatrical release, but it will be filmed in the format; avoiding the potential for post-production conversion mishaps.
WETA, one of the world's premiere special effects studios, have recently announced their involvement with the project:
"We’re thrilled to announce our involvement with Mad Max: Fury Road, a long-awaited continuation of the Mad Max suite, the last installment of which, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, premiered 25 years ago. As with previous Mad Max movies, George Miller is the director and Weta is very excited to be working with George on conceptual design, Specialty Make-Up FX, Costume and Dummies. The movie is currently scheduled for a 2012 release."
Several conceptual images have also emerged, which feature vehicles audiences could see in the film. The first being Mad Max's car, the Interceptor; the second is the FX Holden Ute: