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Rumor: Mad Max 4 in 3-D + Mixing Live-Action & Animation?

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January 15, 2010
Source: Tout Le Cine

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The massively growing trend of films in digital 3-D is a new treasured experience for some, while for others it has become akin to a sexually transmitted disease of which Hollywood will never rid itself. Since there's plenty of lovers and haters out there, we'll let you decide how you feel about this rumor from the French film website Tout Le Cine (via SlashFilm) stating that the upcoming Mad Max 4: Fury Road will not only get the 3-D treatment, but it will also blend live-action and animation. This may clarify previous rumors of an animated Mad Max and since George Miller recently directed Happy Feet, it's not exactly far-fetched.

Those who have had the decent pleasure of watching Miller's Oscar winning animated film Happy Feet know that his blend of live-action and animation is quite an interesting blend, and would be a very cool addition to the Mad Max sequel. It would also be successfully combining his career's past with its present. Of course, nowadays, animation has such loose meanings that it could simply be a lot of CGI set to make-up real-life environments rather than a Who Framed Roger Rabbit? blend of animation and live-action. After all, that kind of blend just wouldn't mesh with the gritty, grounded feel the Mad Max films are known for.

As far as 3-D, there's no doubt that 3-D is sweeping enough people off their feet (read: making money) to warrant more, but how many more stories do we need about the potential that a film will go 3-D? In this case, I can't say whether or not this is necessary or exciting, but a 3-D Charlize Theron wouldn't be so bad!

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  • Xerxex
    WHY!? why in 3-D? that is just the final nail in the coffin, Mad Max will die permantely if it goes 3-D.
  • Paul
    This movie doesn't need 3D, just like the Robocop remake. Please, go back to old school effects.
  • This is just as upsetting as Leno taking over (scratch that, i mean taking back) The Tonight Show!
  • sonnychiba1
    ANIMATION?! Seriously George Miller, Fuck Off. Make a Mad Max movie we want not pissing Toy Story.
  • Nasty Nate
    Like that shit is even necessary for this film.
  • Cody
    Like Ive said in other posts containing 3-d, the hollywood 3-d fetish needs to stop fast. I mean really fast.
  • darren
    The best thing about the Original Mad Max's and the Road warrior was that it didn't rely heavily on Special Effects. It would be just a bunch of crazy Austrailians drving at above the law high speeds and making a great movie
  • Al
    I was pretty in different about the animation, but when I heard that this cherished franchise might be in 3D, I almost had a stroke, not even exaggerating...
  • Hedgehog
    "animation" my ass, they will be using CGI just like every other movie. I very much doubt they will be integrating any form of "true" animation. If they do it will be just as crappy as Garfield or Alvin and the Chipmunks (ya ya, crappy != money made, damn kids)
  • All your opinions are valid, but I have to say that I love me some 3d so this definitely excites me ;o) I'm pretty glad that I'm alive to see the next evolution of film so I hope all you 3D haters will start looking at this a little more optimistically in the near future.
  • harrison
    instant fail... why on earth would anyone even float that idea? is imagination in hollywood truely dead? animation has absolutely no place in a mad max film, end of story. none. 3d for sure as theyre finally perfecting it but animation? god why?
  • I had your girlfriend twice
    great. Another once good franchise going up in smoke. Or should I say down the comode?? either way, this is never going to make it.
  • DoomCanoe
    ...but why
  • YK
    This is nonsense. Just keep it real and basic, like the previous three, and it will be great.
  • d1rEct
    No no no, just have real cars going ridiculously fast smashing each other around.
  • bobby
    Well, the second and third (and arguably the first, even more so) films were anything but real or basic, and that's kind of the point. They're pieces of constant visual experimentation - with the cars being a extension of that, and not the other way around. I mean, what better instrument to illustrate the power of cinema than the car chase? It's one of film's purest symbols. For my part, I think it's hilarious - and a little ridiculous - the almost immediate eschewing of something new being introduced to these films, and the mantra of, "just keep doing the same thing you've done before!" And, if you know George Miller, and you've seen his film, you'd probably realize that this is almost never the case. This is interesting, and I very much doubt that any of this means they're going to be relying on CGI for the stunts - I mean, they're going to be out in the desert for thirty weeks (which is a pretty long time for principal photography) to perfect these stunts, which have been proclaimed by everyone who's read the screenplay as "things that have never been done on the screen before," so I don't think any use of CGI therein will amount to anything past minor touch-ups. If the two are conjoined, then it seems a little obvious that the guy's got something else - something more interesting - up his sleeve. I'm interested, I'll say. Man, for shame, guys. Shaaame.
  • Madnezz344
    the road warrior lives, just hope it doesn't suck
  • Movieman
    I believe that George Miller will take films in Australia to the next level with Mad Max: Fury Road as has James Cameron with Avatar. We all should trust Miller as Mad Max is his baby and he can do anything He likes with it considering he is the Father.
  • Xerxex
    Movieman, while it is his baby, 3-D is not the right direction, for film.
  • Vill
    Xerxex So, you've read the script? How was it?
  • Maxx
    Nooooooooooooooooo!
  • Harry The Spammer
    #18 You mean incest, right?

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