Warner Bros. Pictures unveiled the first look at “Mad Max: Fury Road” this morning to a stellar reaction from pundits in Hall H. Along with plenty of first look footage, the film’s director George Miller was on hand to talk about the film and his ambitions for it.
Moderator Chris Hardwicke asked him why return to the series now to which he said:
“The story popped into my head and just wouldn’t go away. Like an imaginary friend. I love chase movies, I think they’re the purest form of cinema. That’s where the film language started. I wanted to make one long extended chase and see what we can pick up from the characters and story along the way.”
Tonally he says the film is closest to “The Road Warrior” because it happens over a short period of time and it’s an extended chase, like that film. He also says star Tom Hardy has the same level of charisma and tension that made Mel Gibson such a great Max, despot e Hardy having less than two dozen lines throughout the whole film:
“We all ask the question – what is charisma? Part of that is they have that internal tension. On one hand they are extremely lovable and on the other hand, there’s a little bit of danger. I’m simplifying it. Tom has that quality. He’s extremely lovable but also has a quality that’s like watching a big wild animal – you don’t know what they’re going to do next. I’ve been lucky.”
Regarding the vehicle design, Miller says they couldn’t use advanced vehicles or anything with a computer system really because they wouldn’t survive the post-apocalyptic conditions:
“We had to say to the designers: ‘You can only base it on real vehicles and only things likely to survive’. So things with too many computers and so on wouldn’t survive. So that was the rule that we used when it came to the vehicles.”
Footage from the film was screened beginning with Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy) standing next to his car in the post-apocalyptic wasteland as a two-headed lizard skitters by. A voiceover says: “My name is Max. My world is fire and blood.” Then comes a montage of cars and motorcycles in a chase sequence
in which a captured Max is tied to the front of a car as it drives towards a swirling dust storm/tornadoes. Charlize Theron’s character drives some kind of tanker truck and bodies and vehicles go flying through the air as the tagline for the film pops up – “The world belongs to the Mad”.
Four new character posters have also been released which you can see below: