‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Will Screen Out-of-Competition at Cannes
'Mad Max: Fury Road' Will Screen Out-of-Competition at Cannes
Cannes is screening “Fury Road,” George Miller’s return to “Mad Max” after 30 years, as an official selection out of competition on Thursday May 14 at the Grand Théâtre Lumière. Tom Hardy takes over the Max Rockatansky role originated by Mel Gibson, who gave his blessing and promises that this movie will be non-stop action like you’ve never seen before.
“Mad Max: Fury Road” returns to a post-apocalyptic world in which gangs fight for scarce resources like gas and water. Max comes up against Empress Furiosa (Charlize Theron), who is being chased by a gang. Warner Bros. will open the film worldwide following its Cannes preview.
Australian doctor-turned-filmmaker George Miller launched the “Mad Max” series in 1979 before filming “Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior” (1981) and “Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome” (1985).
Miller started out making short films with Byron Kennedy; together they set up the Kennedy Miller Company. Their short film “Violence in the Cinema” garnered two prizes from the Australian Film Institute, spurring them to make “Mad Max” (1979) and its sequels. In 1983 Miller directed “The Fourth Dimension,” the last episode of “Twilight Zone: The Movie.”
In 1987, Miller directed “The Witches of Eastwick” and went on to produce television series, TV films and three feature films: Philip Noyce’s “Dead Calm,” starring Nicole Kidman, as well as John Duigan’s “Flirting” and “The Year My Voice Broke.” Miller directed drama “Lorenzo’s Oil,” starring Nick Nolte, which earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Miller adapted and produced “Babe” (1995) which picked up seven Oscar nominations including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay, as well as sequel “Babe: Pig in the City,” and directed the animated musical “Happy Feet” which won Best Animated Feature in 2007, followed by “Happy Feet 2” in 2011.
Produced by the Kennedy Miller Mitchell company, “Mad Max: Fury Road” is distributed internationally by Warner Bros Pictures, and in certain regions by Village Roadshow Pictures.