Witness me! Furiosa began production, shot on Glorious 35mm
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Once more in the desert, my friends.
By Chris Hemsworth’s Twitter account, George Miller is officially back in the post-apocalyptic groove. “Furiosa”, a spin-off prequel to the magnificent “Mad Max: Fury Road”, has begun principal photography in the film format of Kings aka 35mm! The highly anticipated film stars Anya Taylor-Joy in the title role made iconic by Charlize Theron in Miller’s 2015 return to fame. advancing her story with Theron in the lead, Taylor-Joy has been stunning us since her big-screen debut in 2015 in Robert Eggers’ “The Witch.” It’s a tall order to convince as young and badass Theron, but we’re doing everything we can to make sure the award-winning star of “The Queen’s Gambit” succeeds.
Unleash the fury, George!
What do we know about “Furiosa” today? Thanks to Kyle Buchanan’s behind-the-scenes book “Blood, Sweat & Chrome: The Wild and True Story of Mad Max: Fury Road,” we know the story will be a more conventional three-act tale. Other than that, it’s a mystery! Hemsworth’s role has yet to be revealed. Ditto Tom Burke, who played Athos to great acclaim in BBC’s “The Musketeers.” Tom Holkenborg, aka Junkie XL, who did a masterful job on “Fury Road”, is back in the fold. Also returning are editor Margaret Sixel, costume designer Jenny Beavan, production designer Colin Gibson, makeup artist Lesley Vanderwalt and sound mixer Ben Osmo (all of whom won Oscars for their work on “Fury Road”). Miller is once again collaborating with Nico Lathouris on the script, while acclaimed Australian cinematographer Simon Duggan will handle the lens. “Mad Max: Fury Road” was an arduous production that took six months to shoot. Sixel had to contend for 480 hours of footage (complicated by numerous f/x visuals) before the film was finally ready for theatrical release in 2015.
All roads lead to Max
The unlikely franchise began in 1979 with “Mad Max,” a low-budget revenge flick that shot Mel Gibson to international stardom. It was followed by 1981’s “Mad Max II”, which was renamed “The Road Warrior” for its successful 1982 US release. Now a coveted filmmaker, Miller embarked on “Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome “, which he finished co-directing with George Ogilvie after he was grieved by the loss of his producer and longtime friend, Byron Kennedy (who perished in a helicopter crash while scouting locations for the third part).
Miller’s later career is fascinating. He vied for the movie star egos of Jack Nicholson, Cher, Michelle Pfeiffer and Susan Sarandon for his 1987 adaptation of John Updike’s “The Witches of Eastwick” before helming the harrowing and factual “Lorenzo’s Oil.” He returned in 1995 as producer of the family film classic “Babe,” then took the helm of its incredibly dark sequel, “Babe: Pig in the City.” After creating the popular “Happy Feet” animated films, he returned to the “Mad Max” business with “Fury Road.” His latest completed film, the fantasy drama “Three Thousand Years of Longing,” just premiered at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival to mostly positive reviews.
“Furiosa” is currently scheduled to hit theaters on May 24, 2024. Here’s hoping for a smoother production than last time (but with the same spectacular result)!