The Biggest Superhero Films That Didn't Happen, Part 2
Comic Books, Film
Have you ever wanted to cruise down the freeway or speed around abandoned desert roads in the iconic police car from Mad Max? Well now you can — if you have $90,000.
When it comes to Mad Max: Fury Road cosplay, Ben Carpenter‘s has undoubtedly earned a placed in Valhalla.
The 20-year-old engineering student transformed his standing wheelchair into a war rig, and himself into Max Rockatansky, in a nod to a scene from George Miller’s action epic.
WB Games and Avalanche Studios have debuted a “Stronghold,” a new trailer for Mad Max that introduces players to the faces and places of the Wasteland they’ll encounter in the upcoming video game.
Debuting Sept. 1 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, Mad Max allows gamers to become the legendary lone warrior as they create and upgrade equipment and weapons to survive in the brutal post-apocalyptic world for George Miller’s film series.
When Dale Walker first saw George Miller’s 1979 classic Mad Max, he swore he’d one day own a car just like the Interceptor. Three decades and $125,000 later, he does.
Tracking down a rough-looking 1972 Australian Ford Falcon in 2008, the Michigan man began the process of pimping his post-apocalyptic ride. The engine alone cost $12,000.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Avalanche Studios have released a gameplay trailer for Mad Max, which puts player in the role of the film franchise’s star, left in a post-apocalyptic wasteland without a car. Or much of anything else, really. But once Max does assemble a new ride, everyone better get out of his way.
It’s a lengthy trailer — it clocks in at about four and half minutes — that also provides a good overview of the setting, vehicular combat and the beatdowns. Oh, the beatdowns …
DC Entertainment will release a motion comic the explores the backstory of the upcoming Mad Max video game from Avalanche Studios and WB Games.
Written by Tom Taylor (Injustice: Gods Among Us, Earth 2) and illustrated by Jason Shawn Alexander (Legends of the Dark Knight), the story introduces Max’s trusted mechanic Chumbucket, who plays a central role in the game, which will be released next year in conjunction with director George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road.
“I love the Mad Max movies,” Alexander tells USA Today, adding that the motion comic “was a great bit of nostalgia for me and also an opening to lend my own touches to this iconic character.”
In the game, set in the post-apocalyptic world of the movie series, Max must cross a desert wasteland after his Interceptor his stolen by a gang of marauders.
By the time Mad Max 4: Fury Road is released, there will have been a gap of nearly 30 years between it and its predecessor, 1985’s Beyond Thunderdome. Fury Road has had a long and complicated gestation, to say the least. Twelve years had already passed since the third Mad Max movie when its visionary director/producer George Miller first spoke informally to U.K. comics legend Brendan McCarthy of his desire to make a sequel. A year later McCarthy moved to Sydney, Australia, handpicked by Miller to reboot the Mad Max franchise and co-write the first draft of Fury Road‘s while developing storyboards and the core designs.
That takes us up to about 2003. Money troubles then affected the production, as the estimated $100 million budget proved hard to finance for what is essentially an Australian indie movie. When the funding was finally secured, the production was shelved, as the scouted locations in Namibia were deemed a security risk in the wake of the Iraq War. By 2009, it was being rumored the script would be produced as an Akira-influenced R-rated animation, which seemed all the likelier as Miller’s animation-producing credentials were proven by the Happy Feet franchise. The Dr D studio Miller established as a digital production facility had also started concurrent development of a Mad Max video game, overseen by Miller and God of War II‘s Cary Barlog. But just as those rumors spread, the story took another turn. Locations were being scouted in the production’s native Australia, cast members were being speculated upon and then confirmed. Work was about to start when unexpected levels of rainfall turned Broken Hill in New South Wales from a suitably post-apocalyptic-looking desert into a verdant oasis reportedly covered in a lush blanket of wildflowers.
The needle skips again, and primary photography finally, officially, kicked off in its original Namibian locations in July 2012. And the set there is as leaky as a sieve. As photographs of vehicles being transported to the set hit the Internet, Kennedy Miller Mitchell productions sought to control the flow of information with a press release that included the film’s first official plot synopsis: