So the Mad Max reboot/sequel/prequel (or whatever they happen to decide it is from day to day) is actually moving forward, with effects company Weta (i.e. the guys who made blank blue screens look like a million orcs in Lord of the Rings) issuing a PR announcement about their involvement. Says the mighty press release:
We’re thrilled to announce our involvement with Mad Max: Fury Road, a long-awaited continuation of the Mad Max suite, the last installment of which, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, premiered 25 years ago. As with previous Mad Max movies, George Miller is the director and Weta is very excited to be working with George on conceptual design, Specialty Make-Up FX, Costume and Dummies. The movie is currently scheduled for a 2012 release.
“And dummies” … so that’s a sort of confirmation that Mel Gibson is making an appearance, right?
[Sigh]. We’ll need to set disappointing humor aside for the very serious business of disappointing news. Instead of one Mad Max film, they’re going to go ahead and shoot two of them simultaneously. That way if the first film sucks, the sequel is already in the can! The first one will be called Mad Max: Fury Road and the second will be called Mad Max: Furiosa. What the fuck is a “Furiosa”? It sounds like an STD you’d get at a Furry convention.
Wiktionary says that “Furiosa” means “Feminine form of furioso” in both Italian and Spanish, which are the obvious linguistic influences for a film set in post-apocalyptic Australia. “Furioso” means “furious.” I’m not entirely sure that this isn’t going to be a crossover between Mad Max and The Fast and the Furious. In Italian. With Spanish subtitles.
Not suicidal yet? How about a quote from the star of the film, Tom Hardy, about the way he is approaching playing the character?
Imagine a hungry wolf. Or like when you put a cat in the bath. You grab a cat by the throat and stuff it under the fucking water. You know what it looks like? That’s what I’m going to look like. But like a puma. Very hungry and very dangerous. It’s imperative. This is the kind of guy who’s not well. So I have to create that reality.
Tell me that you can read that without hearing it in Will Ferrell’s voice.