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Hold on to your gasoline drums, fellow denizens of the wasteland. It appears 'Mad Max: Fury Road' has finally completed principal photography. 'Fury Road,' which will be the fourth entry in the franchise, will once again be directed by George Miller, but this time around it'll be Tom Hardy ('The Dark Knight Rises') stepping into the shoes, and no doubt souped-up muscle car, of the post-apocalyptic hero made famous by Mel Gibson. The story will follow Max as he tears across the scorched Earth in a war rig piloted by Imperator Furiosa, who will be played by Charlize Theron. The new movie has been shooting in Namibia and South Africa, and hasn't had the easiest road to completion. In fact, for a while, it looked like the project would be left in the desert to rot. As it stands, there is still a considerable amount of post-production to tackle and 'Fury Road' still does not have an official release date.
I never thought I would be rooting this hard for a fourth Mad Max film to see the light of day, especially after the abysmal 'Beyond Thunderdome.' However, when it was announced that Tom Hardy was taking up the mantle, I couldn't help but be intrigued. Hardy is one of those rare actors who can balance adept performance with being a complete and utter badass on screen. Gibson boasted this quality as well, and still does, but I can understand how his advancing age made it necessary for the studio to find a replacement. I'm also a complete sucker for post-apocalyptic cinema. My concern at this point is that 'Fury Road's troubled production will affect its ultimate quality. We've seen it before with struggling projects like, say, 2010's 'The Wolfman.' My hope is that there is still a cohesive story here and that something interesting, or at least highly entertaining, can be pieced together in editing. At the very least, considering Miller is still involved, we should get a few fantastic car chases out of it. I'm wondering if we may end up getting 'Fury Road' in 2013, further adding to next year's ample genre film lineup.
What do you guys think? Has your interest in 'Fury Road' evaporated after all this time? Do you think we might actually see it released next year?