Mad Max 2 The Road Warrior

As Tom Hardy’s star power increases, so does the anticipation for George Miller’s new Mad Max movie, Mad Max: Fury Road. What with Mel Gibson being something of a touchy subject these days, is there any other actor out there who would be more fun to watch battling weirdos in crazy outfits over gasoline in the desert? Fury Road is a film that’s been plagued with all sorts of disasters and delays over the course of its pre-production though, and sometimes it’s felt like we’re never going to get our chance to see Hardy rev up his engines and do his thing.

Well, there’s good news and bad news regarding the film’s production. After experiencing weather related problems with its original location – Broken Hill, Australia – Fury Road has been moved to the African nation of Namibia, where Hardy and crew are currently shooting. That’s the good news. The bad news is, despite Miller’s early insistence that the film was going to be shot with 3D cameras, that’s no longer going to be the case. Any plans to shoot natively in 3D have been scrapped in lieu of using a mix of ALEXA, Canon, and Olympus digital cameras.

Given the 3D backlash that’s been going on for about as long as the current 3D trend, some might take the news that they’re not going to have to wear goggles to watch the new Mad Max movie as a good thing; but the further bad news is that the film is now planned to be post-converted so that it can still get a 3D release. As has been proven time and time again, post-converting a movie into 3D and having it look halfway decent takes a lot of time and painstaking effort. So, presumably, the movie will now either have to be further delayed so that the 3D won’t look completely awful, or they’ll just rush through it like usual and Mad Max will be sent into theaters looking like crap.

Of course, many theaters still provide the option of 2D screenings, but when a film is being split between showings in two different formats, that makes finding a convenient screening time more difficult than it has to be. Call that whining if you will, but sometimes it just feels like this industry is doing whatever it can to make the theater-going experience as difficult as possible.  Given this news, how are you planning on seeing Fury Road, once it finally hits theaters? [IF Magazine, via Twitch Film]


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