Looking ahead to Mad Max Furiosa

Looking ahead to Mad Max Furiosa

In the past several years, it has become clear just how the film industry has evolved since the very first black and white films were produced. Nowadays, there are a myriad of film genres including horror, romance and thrillers which ensure that cinema theatres are always packed. In fact, one genre that has truly taken off in recent years is futuristic dystopian, with such franchises such as Mad Max revolutionising the film industry. With four instalments of the franchise already breaking records, it is worth looking ahead to Mad Max Furiosa to see what all of the hype is about.

Firstly, Mad Max fits in nicely to the dystopian genre as it is set in a post-apocalyptic world in a desolate landscape. The Mad Max franchise is an Australian post-apocalyptic action multi-media series created by George Miller and Byron Kennedy. The series began in 1979 with Mad Max, starring Mel Gibson, and this was followed by Mad Max 2 in 1981, Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome in 1985 and Mad Max: Fury Road in 2015. 

These films were incredibly successful in their own right as the original Mad Max film became a top-grossing Australian film and held the record in the Guinness Book of Records for decades as the most profitable film ever made. Furthermore, Mad Max 2 which chronicles the backstory before the original film was a worldwide box office success that solidified the career of Mel Gibson. Although Mad Max:Beyond Thunderdome wasn’t as successful as the previous films in the franchise, it still performed well and is still referenced today by many film fanatics. It was only in 2015 when the Mad Max series made its revival with Fury Road, that the series truly was integrated into pop culture. Directed by George Miller, this film was years in the making as the filming location in Australia was experiencing high levels of rain which disrupted shooting for a significant period of time. With an outstanding cast including Tom Hardy acting as Mad Max and Charlize Theron playing Imperator Furiosa, this fourth instalment in the series was a success, grossing $350 million worldwide at the box office, making it the highest-grossing Mad Max film.

Now, another movie in the franchise is set to take place with Furiosa, which acts as a prequel to ‘Fury Road’. In this film, famous actress Anya-Taylor Joy is set to play a younger version of Charlize Theron’s character. With ‘Furiosa’s’ filming in Australia now wrapped, there are even plans in the works for another movie to be filmed in the future.

This prequel to 2015’s ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ was originally intended for release in 2023. However, as Mad Max: Furiosa won’t reach cinemas until May 24, 2024, there is still a while to wait for the next instalment

For those who are highly anticipating the release of the latest Mad Max film, there are still ways you can engage with the franchise while you wait. For example, if you are a fan of online slots, there is now the ‘Mad Max Fury Road’ online slots which allows you to have fun whilst still immersing yourself in the world of Mad Max. Furthermore, you can also occupy yourself with the wide array of merchandise that has been created for the Mad Max series including toy figurines and video games. Not only does this mass of Mad Max products reflect the success of the franchise but the fact that they have been received well by fans has exhibited just how passionate and loyal the fanbase are.

Indeed, ‘Mad Max Furiosa’ is set to break records in the box office not only because it has been years in the making, but also because viewers aren’t required to have seen the previous instalments. Paying attention for the first five minutes of this film should tell you all you need to know about the franchise. In addition, new additions to the cast will grave our screens including Chris Hemsworth who acts as young Immortan Joe, the main villain of ‘Fury Road’. With a huge amount of money spent on the budget, ‘Furiosa’ also offers something different to ‘Fury Road’ as it will span over several years and not three days.

Ultimately, there is no doubt that the ‘Mad Max’ franchise is impressively exciting and successful whilst also being one of the most influential and action-packed sagas in the history of film. As many of the actors in the previous ‘Max Max’ films are not reprising their roles in the upcoming instalment ‘Furiousa’, many long time ‘Mad Max’ fans are excited to see the new direction that the franchise will head in. In this sense, there is no doubt that movie theatres and cinemas will be completely packed when it comes to its release date.


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