'Mad Max: Fury Road' Will Rock the Croisette as Cannes 2015 Film
Holy crap! Cannes has announced that one of the main films playing at the 68th Festival de Cannes this May will be George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road - playing out of competition of course. This bodes will for the kick ass new Mad Max movie, that looks increasingly awesome the more and more we see in trailers. Cannes has recently chosen big Hollywood movies to play the festival, including some animated 3D movies, but it's good to see George Miller and this badass action flick getting the spotlight and the red carpet on the Croisette this year. Fury Road stars Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoë Kravitz, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Riley Keough, Nathan Jones, Hugh Keays-Byrne & Josh Helman.
We've all been anxiously awaiting Mad Max: Fury Road for a while, since it went through some production delays. Fury Road hits US theaters on Friday, May 15th, the day after it shows up in Cannes. The official press release says the film will play in the Official Selection Out of Competition on Thursday, 14th May at the Grand Théâtre Lumière. "After a gap of 30 years, the hero of the legendary saga returns, this time played by Tom Hardy after his first epoch-making appearance courtesy of Mel Gibson." In addition, here's their brief blurb on the history of George Miller and his wild filmmaking career - since it's a rather fun read:
Australia-born George Miller graduated from medical school in Sydney where during his study years he began to make short films with his associate Byron Kennedy. They went on to set up the Kennedy Miller Company. Their short film Violence in the Cinema, garnered two prizes from the Australian Film Institute, spurring them on to make a feature film, Mad Max (1979), which became a global blockbuster. In 1983, after John Landis, Steven Spielberg and Joe Dante, he directed The Fourth Dimension, the last episode of Twilight Zone: The Movie.
In 1987, George Miller set off for Hollywood to direct The Witches of Eastwick and went on to produce television series, TV films and three feature films: Calme blanc directed by Philip Noyce as well as Flirting and The Year My Voice Broke by John Duigan. He returned behind the camera for Lorenzo – which earned him an Oscar nomination for the Best Original Screenplay. He then bought the rights for Babe (1995) which he adapted and produced. The film picked up seven Oscar nominations including Best Film and Best Adaptation. He followed-up with the unorthodox sequel Babe - Pig in the City and then Happy Feet for which he picked up the Oscar for Best Animated film in 2007. Happy Feet 2 followed in 2011.
The Cannes Film Festival runs from May 13th to May 24th. "Liberty, audacity, modernity – values also shared by the Festival, year after year, through the artists and films it showcases. Ingrid Bergman, who was President of the Jury in 1973, encouraged this journey." Ingrid Bergman was just selected as the face of this year's Cannes poster art, which we just revealed last week. Stay tuned as the full festival selection will be announced in April. If this is their first pick, I'm intrigued to find out what else is on the Cannes line-up this year. Stay tuned for more Cannes 2015 news here. "After a gap of 30 years, the hero of the legendary saga returns, this time played by Tom Hardy after his first epoch-making appearance courtesy of Mel Gibson."