Confirmed: Mad Max is Back! But Different.


Mad MaxOver the years there have been attempts to get a fourth installment of the Mad Max series off the ground.  Back in 2003, everything was set to shoot before the Iraq war broke out and financing for the film broke down.  Now, according to MTV Movies Blog, George Miller (writer of the first three films) has confirmed that he has resurrected this fourth installment, but it's shaping up as a R-rated stereoscopic anime flick pegged for theatrical release.  Likely Miller decided to go this route after his highly popular animated movie "Happy Feet" enjoyed great success.

The Big Question is, will Mel Gibson get the nod to reprise his role, or atleast lend his voice for this animated movie? According to Miller, Gibson won't get anywhere near this project.  "We'll probably go a different route", Miller told MTV.  On the heels of the animated movie, they are planning a videogame based on the film as well.  Again, Gibson won't have any part in that either.

The plans for the animated film include mimicking Japanese animation and adapting it for western audiences.  Wasn't that already done with movies like Animatrix?  Miller explained further by stating "The anime is an opportunity for me to shift a little bit about what anime is doing because anime is ripe for an adjustment or sea change.  It's coming in games and I believe it's the same in anime.  There's going to be a hybrid anime where it shifts more towards Western sensibilities." 

Well, 23 short years later we finally have some news about some good australian rage, but Miller says we still won't have anything concrete for a couple of years.  "I've got a couple of years left," explains Miller.  "We're in the early stages writing and designing.  A really good game you need two and half years, and for good anime you need two years."

I'm not sure how I feel about an animated version of Mad Max, especially without any Gibson involvement.  But I feel better about the fact that it's animated if Gibson isn't involved in any way.  I'll save my judgement untill I get to see more about this hybrid anime that Miller is talking about.  What do you guys think??

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