With all the delays, destruction of sets and recasting of roles, Mad Max: Fury Road perhaps seems a strange choice to get the ‘Why We Cannot wait For’ treatment.

And, to be totally honest with you, until recent production footage turned up online (see below), I had my doubts whether this project would ever go ahead.

But it is, so I can look forward to it.TOM-HARDY_MAD-MAX_FURY-ROAD_

The reason? Well, that’s quite simple – Mad Max 2.

The original Mad Max turned up on TV a few nights ago and I sat through it again, only to come up with the same feelings as first time round – the final 20 minutes or so are great, but what goes before it is absolutely nothing to write home about.

But the sequel is an entirely different beast, one that I would happily nominate for greatest cinematic sequel if I was ever asked.

Magnificent action, memorable characters, a strong central performance from Mel Gibson, Mad Max 2 (or the Road Warrior as it was known in the US) has it all, and I dread to think how many times I sat through it when I first came across it at university.

True, Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome was as bit excessive (and somewhat watered down), but it still had a lot going for it.

But that seemed to be it for Max Rockatansky, until talk surfaced of trilogy director George Miller trying to get another instalment off the ground.

At first I was mighty cynical, but then Tom Hardy was cast as Max and the whole thing took on a whole new vibe.

Add to that the casting of the likes of Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult, as well as Hugh Keays-Byrne (who played the Toecutter in the original film) and you have a roll call to savour.

The production footage that did surface suggests something more akin to Mad Max 2 than anything else, but that could simply be me hoping.

Whatever, Mad Max: Fury Road is certainly one that I cannot wait to check out when it arrives in 2014.

 

About The Author

Simon Fitzjohn

Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written two books, one on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014) and the other on the history of the character Norman Bates (2015). His third book, on the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker, is due in 2017.