THE legendary story of Mad Max gets a reboot with Fury Road, the new movie set to be released next year.
An action-packed trailer was released overnight by Warner Bros at Comic-Con US and it has gone viral for three reasons:
Everyone wants to know who will play Mad Max (Answer: Tom Hardy)
Who is Charlize Theron playing? (Answer: Imperator Furiosa)
Is it a reboot or a sequel?
According to information published by the International Movie Database (imdb.com), director George Miller told attendees at the April 30 test screening at Burbank, California, that the reason for a reboot was that too much time had passed between the last Mad Max film to do a sequel.
Filming a sequel would have created a plague of continuity issues, he said.
Miller also said he didn't want to do a 'remake' as he had no intention on retelling a story already told.
A reboot allowed him to bring the universe and wasteland 30 years up to date while keeping Max as the moviegoers remember him, a man with nothing to lose after the loss of his family.
(Bizarre fact: Max has a last name, according to IMDB) and it's Rockatansky.)
The film also stars Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough, Hugh Keays-Byrne, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley."
The official storyline is this:
"An apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life.
"Within this world exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order.
"There's Max, a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos. And Furiosa, a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland."
Although Mad Max is officially an Australian movie, it was filmed in Namibia with a budget of $100 million (it's not clear whether that's in US or Australian dollars) and is currently in post-production, with a release date is set for May 2015.
And if you think there's no substitute for the original, here's a little bit of nostalgia for you.