Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Watch: Zach Galifianakis Takes On Brad Pitt In Latest 'Between Two Ferns' Plus Louis C.K. Stops By Watch: Zach Galifianakis Takes On Brad Pitt In Latest 'Between Two Ferns' Plus Louis C.K. Stops By Watch: First Trailer For 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron,' Brings Mass Destruction Along With Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver Watch: First Trailer For 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron,' Brings Mass Destruction Along With Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver Watch: 'Star Wars' Prequels Recut Into 2 Hour 40 Minute 'Turn to the Darkside: Episode 3.1' Watch: 'Star Wars' Prequels Recut Into 2 Hour 40 Minute 'Turn to the Darkside: Episode 3.1' Edward Norton Says He Didn't Return To Play Hulk Because He Wanted More "Diversity" In His Film Roles Edward Norton Says He Didn't Return To Play Hulk Because He Wanted More "Diversity" In His Film Roles Oscar Buzz: Who Could Be Set For Nods In The Supporting Actress Race? Oscar Buzz: Who Could Be Set For Nods In The Supporting Actress Race? Juliette Binoche Says Her Performance In 'Godzilla' Made Quentin Tarantino Cry Juliette Binoche Says Her Performance In 'Godzilla' Made Quentin Tarantino Cry Listen To Chvrches "Get Away" From The Rescored Version Of Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Drive' Plus Check Out The Trailer Listen To Chvrches "Get Away" From The Rescored Version Of Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Drive' Plus Check Out The Trailer The Essentials: The 10 Best Michael Keaton Performances The Essentials: The 10 Best Michael Keaton Performances George Lucas Says Studios "Don't Have Any Imagination And Don't Have Any Talent" George Lucas Says Studios "Don't Have Any Imagination And Don't Have Any Talent" Recap: 'Boardwalk Empire' Season 5, Episode 7 ‘Friendless Child’ Recap: 'Boardwalk Empire' Season 5, Episode 7 ‘Friendless Child’ Watch: Spoiler-ific Local News Report On 'Batman v. Superman' That Caused WB To Lauch A Lawsuit Watch: Spoiler-ific Local News Report On 'Batman v. Superman' That Caused WB To Lauch A Lawsuit Watch: Baz Luhrmann's Chanel No. 5 Short Film "The One That I Want" Starring Gisele Bündchen Watch: Baz Luhrmann's Chanel No. 5 Short Film "The One That I Want" Starring Gisele Bündchen WTF: Horror Hit 'Annabelle' Yanked From French Theaters Due To Rioting WTF: Horror Hit 'Annabelle' Yanked From French Theaters Due To Rioting Gone Girls And Gone Boys: 11 Films That Dissect Marriage Gone Girls And Gone Boys: 11 Films That Dissect Marriage Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More

New Shooting Locations Being Eyed As Start Date For George Miller's 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Looms

The Playlist By Simon Dang | The Playlist August 8, 2011 at 2:21AM

Months out from its already massively-delayed planned start date, George Miller's "Mad Max: Fury Road" still faces the same issues that plagued the production last year with the planned shooting location of Broken Hill in Australia now set to be canned as the typically dry and barren town "remains too green for filming" Miller's post-apocalyptic world and is unlikely to be ready for pre-production in October.
4


Months out from its already massively-delayed planned start date, George Miller's "Mad Max: Fury Road" still faces the same issues that plagued the production last year with the planned shooting location of Broken Hill in Australia now set to be canned as the typically dry and barren town "remains too green for filming" Miller's post-apocalyptic world and is unlikely to be ready for pre-production in October.

"The 'Mad Max' landscape looked like Wales," Miller told SMH. "There was a carpet of flowers on the location we were shooting on. There's no way it's going to brown off. Not only that, we wanted to shoot some of the shots on Lake Eyre but now it's full of pelicans.'' Not exactly the kind of scenery where our protagonist, Max Rockatansky, does his best work.

It's a massive blow to the production which was already delayed until January with hopes that the conditions in Broken Hill would improve. Pre-production work had already started with reports that Miller and co. "had built a road in the desert and had stored 150 vehicles for the film." No word yet on any contingency plans from Miller, however, new locations are reportedly being eyed as replacements with some sources already noting Namibia, where lensing on the 2003 Mel Gibson-led sequel was originally set to shoot before the Iraq War halted development, as a potential replacement with others referencing Morocco, Chile and China.

What will this mean for the cast? We'll probably have to wait and see but two players who are likely to stick around is Tom Hardy, attached to take on the titular role made famous by Gibson, and Charlize Theron, who's playing some sort of amputee warrior and has been rumored to be the lead of a second sequel subtitled 'Furiosa.' Hugh Keays-Byrne, Nicolas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz and Adelaide Clemens were also attached in supporting roles as was Teresa Palmer who has since revealed she's no longer involved.

As was the case in March, Miller is still busy with post-production on "Happy Feet 2" which is aiming for a Thanksgiving release. Plans to shoot 'Mad Max' in January could still work, we guess, if a resolution is found quickly to cater for the apparently extensive pre-production, but the clock is definitely ticking.

This article is related to: Films, Actors, Actresses, Mad Max: Fury Road, Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates