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 http://www.cnn.com/2002/SHOWBIZ/Movi...eut/index.html


Gibson to appear in new 'Mad Max' film

Tuesday, December 10, 2002 Posted: 8:23 AM EST (1323 GMT)


HOLLYWOOD, California (Reuters) -- Mel Gibson, who starred in the 1979 cult hit "Mad Max," is returning to the franchise for a fourth time, according to the entertainment trade paper Daily Variety.


He will be paid a salary approaching $25 million to star in "Fury Road" for original "Mad Max" director George Miller, who has been crafting the script for the last three years. Once again, Mad Max will roam the lawless, post-apocalpytic Australian outback.


The project is set up at Twentieth Century Fox. Studio insiders say the $104 million project will begin shooting in Australia next May as the targeted start date.


"This is the most exhaustively prepared movie I have ever been associated with," said Hutch Parker, president of production at Twentieth Century Fox. "The script is as ready as they come."


Miller, who directed and co-wrote the first three movies, regained the rights to the franchise from Warner Bros. in 1997. Warners, which released "Mad Max: The Road Warrior" in 1981 and "Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome" in 1985, gave him the rights after Miller agreed to detach himself from Warner Bros.' Jodie Foster-starrer "Contact" and allow Robert Zemeckis to helm.


Talks started in earnest about 10 months ago, shortly after Icon signed a two-year first-look production deal with 20th Century Fox, ending a long-term association with Paramount. Then, at the start of the summer, secret script readings began in the kitchen of Gibson's Icon Prods. partner, Bruce Davey.


Said Parker: "The script's been so tightly controlled, it would have been easier to get into the NSA (National Security Administration)."


The deal marks both the first picture that Miller will direct since the 1998 sequel to his 1995 script "Babe," and the first picture that he's ever directed for Fox, which has been courting him for years.


The trilogy of "Mad Max" pictures, for all their iconic value, amounted to a rather slender box office, grossing only $69 million in total domestically. That's partly because the 1979 original, released by Village Roadshow, Orion Pictures and AIP, was hardly seen Stateside at all. The franchise only grew significant with "Mad Max: The Road Warrior."


But, says Parker, "there are so few roles that define 'big screen action hero' and this is one of them. This is an event movie, and we know how to market event movies. It's Max the way you want to see him."
 

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well, this time they wont have to use grey dye to color his hair like in the last one!


Actually Im a big fan of the series.
 

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I love the first two. The third was too self important and serious for its own good. Hopefully this fourth film will return to its roots.


I hear the script is spectacular, but I do not like the talk of CGI being used to "improve" upon the chase sequences. CGI car stuff sucks. Just look at DRIVEN to see what I mean.


Nothing since MAD MAX and THE ROAD WARRIOR can compare to the car action in those films and neither had the use of any sfx.
 

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Originally posted by Krynos
Mad Max 4: Beyond the Nursinghome .... ?


Yeah a bit extreme, but he's not young anymore.


- Rick
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Well, hopefully they will have enough sense to play to this fact- one might assume that will be the point of the story. No telling though!


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CV63 comments;

"well, this time they wont have to use grey dye to color his hair like in the last one!"


And yet, he's already done the heavy makeup bit in "The Woad Warrior"..., sorry, I mean "Braveheart".
 
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