George Miller on Mad Max: Fury Road delay, Mel Gibson

News Simon Brew
3 Dec 2013 - 06:30

Director George Miller explains Mad Max: Fury Road's 2015 release date, and addresses the Mel Gibson cameo rumour...

Eyebrows were raised when Warner Bros finally announced a release date for the fourth Mad Max film, Mad Max: Fury Road, and it turned out that the movie was still well over a year away. In spite of the fact that the film finished its main block of shooting some time ago, we're not going to get to see it until May 15th 2015. However, chatting to the Sydney Morning Herald, director George Miller has now explained why.

"Our film. luckily after a ridiculous amount of work, is testing extremely well. We're very happy", he said. "There has been a lot of doubt about it ... but Warners have delayed it until 2015 to go into the top weekend of the year".

That's not yhe only reason for the delay, though. It also seems that Warner Bros didn't want it to be released in 2014, for fear of having to compete against the football World Cup. Doing so wouldn't hurt US takings too much, but could do a lot of damage elsewhere in the world.

Miller, incidentally, also addressed rumours of a Mel Gibson cameo in the movie. "It would have been nice somehow, but no it's not true".

Miller is finishing up some additional filming on the movie at the moment, but will finally wrap production in the next two weeks. Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy star in the movie, and Miller is likely to spend a good chunk of 2014 in an edit suite, tuning it to his liking. More on the film as we hear it...

Sydney Morning Herald.

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