The Mad Max Prequel Furiosa Movie Was Written Before Filming Fury Road
Furiosa director George Miller has revealed that the script for the film was written for the most part before filming even took place Mad Max: Fury Road. road of furywhich hit theaters in the summer of 2015, was the fourth entry in the long-running post-apocalyptic madmax franchise, coming several years after the last entry, 1985 Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. The film follows Max (now played by Tom Hardy rather than Mel Gibson, who played the character from 1979 to 1985) as he meets Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron), a warrior who works for the vicious dictator Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays -Byrne). Max and Furiosa end up teaming up to help smuggle Immortan Joe’s harem of wives out of his desert citadel, setting off a long, action-packed chase through the irradiated desert that’s earned Mad Max: Fury Road a Best Picture nomination.
Furiosa, currently filming in Australia, is a prequel telling the story of Furiosa before she meets Max. Although few plot details have been revealed about the film so far, it is known that The Queen’s Bet Star Anya Taylor-Joy will play the role of a young Furiosa as she is abducted from her home and forced to work for the biker gang led by Warlord Dementus. She will be accompanied by Thor: Love and Thunder star Chris Hemsworth as an unspecified villain (possibly Dementus), with an ensemble cast that includes Tom Burke, Quaden Bayles and the returning road of fury players Angus Sampson as The Organic Mechanic and Nathan Jones as Rictus Erectus.
Recently, The audiovisual club had the opportunity to speak with Miller about his new film Three thousand years of nostalgia. The conversation quickly turned to his progress on the new madmax prequel. He discussed the film’s development, explaining that while they were writing Mad Max: Fury Road, they came up with a whole story for Furiosa to help explain the character to Theron. Although “there were very few quiet moments” in road of fury so they couldn’t explicitly include his backstory in the movie, they had compiled so much that they”had the script basically finished before shooting Fury Road.” Read his full quote below:
“When we were writing Mad Max, the task was to tell a story that was always on the run and see what audiences could pick up on the way. That was one of the tricks of Mad Max: Fury Road, which he There would be references to things where she’s from, why they’re doing things, but it was always on the run. There were very few quiet moments. We never explained how she lost her arm. We never explain what the real Green Place Of Many Mothers was.
“We never explained how the Citadel worked. So we had the script pretty much finished before we shot Fury Road, and we did that because it stemmed from wanting to explain to everyone who Furiosa was – to Charlize when ‘she took the part, and to all the actors and the designers and everyone who works on the Citadel and so on. The feeling was, damn it, this is a really good script, and then I just kept not to say to myself, ‘if Fury Road works, I would really like to tell this story.'”
This reveal certainly shows how closely this movie will be tied to road of fury, even with another star stepping into the lead role. Even though almost a decade has passed since that movie when Furiosa is actually released (i.e. if it reaches its currently scheduled date of May 24, 2024), the fact that it was developed at the same time should belie the fact that it likely shares the same energy as road of fury. Those who worried that a prequel would undermine what they love about this movie can rest easy knowing it stems from the exact same creative instincts that led to the 2015 entry.
Another thing to remember is that the madmax franchise is always full of surprises. Mad Max: Fury Road wasn’t always a classic, as fans feared that the main character’s redesign 30 years later would lead to a watered-down product. That certainly wasn’t the case in 2015, so I hope audiences feel the same way when Furiosa comes zooming into the halls.
Source: The AV Club