Sadly no one from HCF is attending Comic-Con in San Diego (we will be there one year!), but what we can do is share stories from those who are there, and specifically stories from trusted sites who have witnessed first hand new footage, trailers etc.
Tonight there has been some really interesting updates on some of the biggest genre films on the horizon, and it kicks off with Warner Brothers and their panel for George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road. During the panel presentation, Miller spoke about what drove him to make the new Mad Max film, which stars Tom Hardy taking over from Mel Gibson, and he also spoke about making the film.
Along with that, the first ever footage was shown, and from how it has been described, it sounds amazing. After some info from those in attendance, we also have four brand new poster for the film, released by Warner Brothers today.
George Miller blazed through Hall H with footage from Mad Max: Fury Road, which isn’t exactly a sequel or a prequel but feels very Mad Max through and through. “I was able to make the movie I wanted to make,” he told the standing-room-only Comic-Con crowd. “WB allows the filmmakers their process.”
“I was determined not to do conventional thing and do screenplay,” said Miller. “So we boarded whole thing like a comic book, with 3500 panels – there aren’t many words, people only speak when they have to and I wanted to tell the story in pictures.”
Presentation embraced the franchise’s history, integrating scenes of the Gibson Mad Max films into its sizzle reel. Moderator Chris Hardwick took it one step further: “Who knew Gibson would literally turn into Mad Max one day?”
Miller answered thoughtfully. “Well, we ask the question, ‘What is charisma?’ What is it that sets apart movie stars? Part of is it an internal tension, they’re extremely accessible and lovable and have an element of danger. I’m simplifying. And I must say Tom [Hardy] has that quality. It’s like watching a big wild animal, you don’t know what they’re going to do next. I think that paradox is one element of charisma. [Pause] I’ve been lucky to work with some wonderful actors.”
SlashFilm went into more detail about the actual footage:
The screened footage opens with that poster shot of Max, back to the camera, up on a plateau with his car nearby. A lizard crawls into the foreground, and turns its head to reveal two heads. We hear a radio broadcast talking about water wars as Max stomps on the lizard, and eats it. “My name is Max,” we hear in voiceover, “my world is fire and blood.” He hears something, dives into the car and takes off. And in rapid succession, an angry line of vehicles powers after Max.
From there, it’s madness. Max is captured and tortured, with words carved into his body. He’s eventually fitted with a metal face mask and mounted on the front of a vehicle that is part of one of the chase sequences. There’s a villain with a skull-ish face mask (seen below, played by Hugh Keays-Byrne from Mad Max) who seems to be calling the shots, and a number of figures with faces and bodies painted white. Nicholas Hoult seems to be among them. (Update: he is, as seen in his poster below.)
In one location we see walls painted with bloody text: “ Who killed the world?” and “We are not things.” The conflict seems to be over a set of women in white, who are protected by Charlize Theron.
And from there, the chase is really on. Cars race forward through HUGE storms. A set of vehicles is pulled up into a tornado. Cars explode high in the air. Max struggles through this sequence, still with the metal prison mask over his face, until he finally pries it off his head in a painful sequence.
There’s more, but it’s a bit ridiculous to write out the effect of scenes that were explicitly designed as purely visual storytelling.
The site went on to share some of Miller’s thoughts on making the film:
Taking the stage early in the panel, Miller explained his desire to create an extended chase scene. “The story popped in my head and just wouldn’t go away. I love chase movies; they’re the purest form of cinema. I wanted to make one long extended chase, and see what we could pick up about the characters on the way.”
This film has so little dialogue that Miller didn’t even write a script for the movie. Rather, he did a series of 3500 storyboards to write the film, in order to map it out visually. “Even though this is set in the future,” he said, it is a ragged on in which we have “gone back to an elemental form of behavior. There’s no rule of law.”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”–the fourth in the franchise’s history–stars Tom Hardy (“The Dark Knight Rises”) in the title role of Max Rockatansky, alongside Oscar(R) winner Charlize Theron (“Monster”, “Prometheus”) as Imperator Furiosa.
“Mad Max: Fury Road” also stars Nicholas Hoult (“X-Men: First Class”) as Nux; Hugh Keays-Byrne (“Mad Max,” “Sleeping Beauty”) as Immortan Joe; and Nathan Jones (“Conan the Barbarian”) as Rictus Erectus. Collectively known as The Wives, Zoe Kravitz (“X-Men: First Class”) plays Toast, Riley Keough (“Magic Mike”) is Capable, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”) is Splendid. They are joined by supermodel Abbey Lee Kershaw as The Dag and Courtney Eaton as Fragile, both of whom are making their big screen debuts. Also featured in the movie are Josh Helman as Slit, Jennifer Hagan as Miss Giddy, and singer/songwriter/performer iOTA as Coma-Doof Warrior.
The cast is rounded out by well-known Australian actors John Howard, Richard Carter, supermodel Megan Gale, Angus Sampson, Joy Smithers, Gillian Jones, Melissa Jaffer and Melita Jurisic.
George Miller is directing the film from a screenplay he wrote with Brendan McCarthy and Nico Lathouris. Miller also produces the film, along with longtime producing partner, Oscar(R) nominee Doug Mitchell (“Babe,” “Happy Feet”), and P.J. Voeten. Iain Smith, Graham Burke and Bruce Berman serve as executive producers.
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD is the fourth film of George Miller‘s Road Warrior/Mad Max franchise co-written and directed by Miller. The post-apocalyptic action film is set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life.
Within this world of fire and blood exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order… There’s Max (played by TOM HARDY from The Dark Knight Rises), a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos.
And… Furiosa (played by CHARLIZE THERON from Prometheus), a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland.