Brendan McCarthy talks about the conception of Mad Max 4

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Re: Brendan McCarthy talks about the conception of Mad Max 4

Postby Uncle Entity » Mon Mar 01, 2010 2:53 am

Can't wait to see this reboot... Tom Hardy will be interesting as Parallel Earth Max.
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Re: Brendan McCarthy talks about the conception of Mad Max 4

Postby Taipan » Tue Mar 02, 2010 12:01 pm

Uncle Entity wrote:Can't wait to see this reboot... Tom Hardy will be interesting as Parallel Earth Max.


With all due respect, let's not jump to conclusions Uncle. The movie is not made yet.
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Re: Brendan McCarthy talks about the conception of Mad Max 4

Postby biolumen » Thu Jul 28, 2011 12:15 am

New McCarthy quote.

DO'L: You devoted a lot of time several years ago to work on cult movie series Mad Max in a potential fourth film. Now that a cast looks like it is in place and production seems likely in the next year or so, do you know how much of your co-written script or production designs remain in the mind of director George Miller?

BMCC: From what I hear, it's pretty much what we cooked up. It's been quite a while since I was involved in the movie. It was a great gig, and I hope the film does indeed get made. I, for one, would certainly love to see it! I'm hoping it will be a credible addition to the Mad Max canon.

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Re: Brendan McCarthy talks about the conception of Mad Max 4

Postby Stef-Man » Thu Dec 01, 2011 12:24 pm

The (fury) road from Freakwave to Inception (and Mad Max 4 of course).

Waterworld, Freakwave & Brendan McCarthy’s Road to Mad Max 4
Thursday, December 1st, 2011 at 5:45am

by Kevin Melrose
Comics, Movies


Waterworld, the 1995 post-apocalyptic adventure from Kevin Costner and Kevin Reynolds, is perhaps best remembered for its notoriously difficult production that rocketed its budget from $100 million to $175 million, earning it the dubious title of the most expensive film ever made at the time. While the movie bombed at the North American box office (but performed reasonably well overseas) and earned Costner his first Razzie Award nomination, Waterworld accomplished at least one other thing: It put celebrated British comic artist Brendan McCarthy on a path to co-write and design the upcoming Mad Max 4: Fury Road.

Although based on a 1986 screenplay by Peter Rader, many see glaring, even blatant, similarities between Waterworld and “Freakwave,” the 1983 serial that marked the first U.S. comics work from McCarthy and writer Peter Milligan. Set in a future where the Earth is largely submerged by water after the apocalyptic “long night of doom,” the comic follows a surf-nomad who sails the drowned world, picking over trash while fighting off disease-ridden mutants and psychopathic scavengers in between glimmers of civilization in the form of artificial atolls.

Sound a lot like Waterworld? McCarthy and Milligan thought so, too.

“Back then, Pete Milligan and I got approached by some Hollywood lawyers looking to launch a lawsuit to sue the makers of Waterworld, due to an article by some journalist that pointed out the blatant similarities in our comic and the later movie,” McCarthy told contributing writer Karl Keily in an interview that will soon appear on Comic Book Resources. “But the amount of legal work and hassle to get that going was a bit daunting, so we couldn’t be arsed. But then again, it all somehow led to [Mad Max director] George Miller calling me and asking if I would like to talk over a possible Mad Max movie, which became Fury Road. So it all works out in the end. Oddly, he was even aware of ‘Freakwave’ from all those years ago, which astonished me.”

McCarthy, who drew inspiration for “Freakwave” from Miller’s Mad Max 2, co-wrote the script for the long-gestating Fury Road — a fourth Mad Max movie that has been in development hell for about 25 years — also designing many of its new characters and vehicles.


In a new interview with Australian Financial Review Magazine, Miller revealed that Fury Road, which has grown well beyond its initial $100 million budget, will likely launch a new trilogy. “We started with [Fury Road], but we then started to do a second story and a third,” he says. “We’ve written the script for the second and almost finished the third. We never intended to; they were part of the exploration of the characters.” The film, which finally begins shooting in April in the Namibian desert, presumably still stars Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz and Adelaide Clemens.

But back to McCarthy, who also sees elements of his work in another, more recent film, one far more successful than Waterworld.

“The film Inception had a lot of similarities to a comic series/movie pitch that I had the shown to the film’s producer over 10 years previously,” the artist told CBR News. “He had flipped out and really loved my Z-Men pitch, as it was then called. A sort of ‘X-Men in dreams’ — lots of dinner jackets and Bond-esque surrealist espionage. Even DC Comics offered to buy it off me as big new project for them about 13 years ago. Sometimes, you watch a film and can pretty much smell if your work has been seen or not. I found Inception really tame, too much swiping of The Matrix and those Kubrick sequences.

“They should hire me to create a sequel and really go for something new,” McCarthy added. “And while I’m at it, Marvel should hire me on a Doctor Strange movie. Or at least hire Ditko!”


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Re: Brendan McCarthy talks about the conception of Mad Max 4

Postby biolumen » Thu Sep 03, 2015 11:43 pm

Mad Max: Fury Road co-writer reveals its 2000 AD roots!

https://soundcloud.com/2000-ad/the-2000 ... 15#t=14:30
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Re: Brendan McCarthy talks about the conception of Mad Max 4

Postby Artemis Flow » Fri Sep 04, 2015 2:39 am

Interesting interview, I was a big 200AD fan bought the first 200 issues had them for years until they fell to bits
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Re: Brendan McCarthy talks about the conception of Mad Max 4

Postby Taipan » Sat Sep 05, 2015 12:29 pm

Thanks, bio for this link.

Had to go back and piece the history of how Fury Road begun and its really weird roots. Anyone remember that at one point somewhere around 97 Fury Road was supposed to be a TV show with Michael Biehn as Max? That's when Doug Mitchell contacted McCarthy cause they wanted to do a 'Xena: Warrior Princess' version of Mad Max as a TV show but apparently McCarthy turned it all around with his ideas and Mitchell hired him as a concept artist/co-writer for a 'movie' instead.

And then there's Mel's involvement in 97, but he opted out because he'd rather do Lethal Weapon 4. I think he was put on hiatus as Max for a good while and the whole script for Fury Road was written around him until his best before date expired.
And then they were considering Heath Ledger for the role and in 2001 there were mentions of the Feral Kid being in there (possible origin of the Feral Kid is Max theory?). The whole production process is difficult to piece together, it deserves its own documentary.
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Re: Brendan McCarthy talks about the conception of Mad Max 4

Postby biolumen » Sat Sep 05, 2015 10:48 pm

Taipan wrote:Michael Biehn as Max

I've never heard the Biehn thing before. I thought some little known Aussie actor was going to be Max but he got into an accident or something and was paralyzed or in a coma, I forget which.

Taipan wrote:they were considering Heath Ledger for the role

My take is that Mel was still returning as Max for the 2003 shoot, but the Ledger rumor was born after that was delayed. Maybe. lol Someone needs to collate the info so we can put a solid timeline together.

Taipan wrote:there were mentions of the Feral Kid being in there

Again, my belief is that this rumor took on a life of its own when in answer to a question as to whether the Feral Kid or Auntie Entity would appear in the movie, Miller answered "Sure. Why not?"
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Re: Brendan McCarthy talks about the conception of Mad Max 4

Postby Taipan » Sat Sep 05, 2015 11:13 pm

biolumen wrote:I've never heard the Biehn thing before. I thought some little known Aussie actor was going to be Max but he got into an accident or something and was paralyzed or in a coma, I forget which.

See I heaven't heard the story of an unknown Aussie actor. Plans for a TV show were pushed by Warner Bros. but everything was at such an early stage and it's not known how far the negotiations went so It all fell. But the TV show must've been on the table because that's what Mitchell wanted to talk about with McCarthy.

Here's the article that mentions Biehn, although almost all of it isn't based on concrete information:
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/272

biolumen wrote:Someone needs to collate the info so we can put a solid timeline together.

Working on it!
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Re: Brendan McCarthy talks about the conception of Mad Max 4

Postby biolumen » Sun Sep 06, 2015 12:08 am

Did a bit or research. The actor I was thinking of was Jon Blake (The Lighthorsemen). Apparently Miller was looking at making a Mad Max TV series in the late 80's post-Thunderdome, and if it came together, he was going to cast Blake as Max. But the actor got into a motorcycle accident in 1986 and was brain damaged. He died in 2011.

Director George Miller said he had planned to cast Blake as Mel Gibson's Mad Max character in a TV series based on the movie.

http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/ipad/acto ... 6065998021

Director George Miller said Blake had genuine charisma in the way he moved on screen.

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George Miller, who launched Gibson's film career, said he had Blake in mind to play the Mad Max character for a spin-off TV series.

http://www.smh.com.au/comment/obituarie ... 1fimf.html

So nothing to do with Fury Road.
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