'Mad Max: Fury Road' Finally Hauling Ass in Theaters May 2015

Thursday, 21 November 2013 08:00 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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'Mad Max: Fury Road' Finally Hauling Ass in Theaters May 2015

Start your engines, ladies and gentlemen, because we finally know when Mad Max Rockatansky returns to theaters.

Mad Max: Fury Road, a reboot starring Tom Hardy as the Road Warrior originally played by Mel Gibson, is joining the maelstrom of sequels in summer 2015.

Warner Bros. has settled on a May 15, 2015 release date for the Mad Max movie we've been waiting a really, really long time to see.

That's just a hair under thirty years after George Miller's post-apocalyptic hero last tore across the wasteland in 1985's Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.  It's also just two weeks after Avengers: Age of Ultron unleashes a can of whoopass at the box office and one week before George Clooney goes sci-fi in Brad Bird's Tomorrowland and Paul Feig reteams with Melissa McCarthy on Susan Cooper.

The cinematic nerdgasm that is summer 2015 also includes Batman vs. Superman, Jurassic World, Ant-Man, Ted 2, Inside Out, Minions, and reboots for both Terminator and Fantastic Four.  Later in 2015, we're also getting Star Wars: Episode VII, Bond 24, Mission: Impossible 5, Warcraft, King-Fu Panda 3, and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2.

Whew.  It's a competitive date for the long-in-the-making Mad Max: Fury Road.  Before it even got off the ground, Miller's epic action movie was delayed by a year when some Biblical rains turned stretches of the Australian Outback into verdant wonderlands unfit to double for a post-apocalyptic world gone mad.  Relocating to Namibia and becoming the first Mad Max not to shoot in Australia, Fury Road had a tough production and went quiet for long enough to worry some fans.

Tomorrow, Miller kicks off several weeks of additional photography on the film, reuniting Hardy and the rest of the cast.  Last month, Devin at Badass Digest reported that Fury Road isn't undergoing reshoots because it's a shambling mess, but because it's pretty spectacular.  According to Devin's source, the reshoots are will focus on bookending action sequences.  Apparently Miller just didn't have the budget to fully realize a climactic action scene on an automobile elevator, and when the studio saw the movie, they were eager to hand over some more cash to make this sequence something special.

Miller himself has described the story of Mad Max: Fury Road like this, "Mad Max is caught up with a group of people fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by the Imperator Furiosa. This movie is an account of the Road War which follows. It is based on the Word Burgers of the History Men and eyewitness accounts of those who survived."

Hardy, best known for playing Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, stars as the Road Warrior himself, with Charlize Theron as Furiosa.  The supporting cast includes Nicholas Hoult, Riley Keough, Zoe Kravitz, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Megan Gale.

We've waited a long time for Fury Road, long enough that 2015 doesn't seem too far away at all.

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