New Mad Max Film Will Be 3-D Anime

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New Mad Max Film Will Be 3-D Anime

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Australian director George Miller says he's working on a new addition to the Mad Max franchise - a 3-D anime feature film.

The plot of the new film will be based in part on original script for the fourth Mad Max film which was originally set to be shot in 2003, until the war in Iraq led to the loss of funding. And while switching to animation offers certain practical considerations, Miller said his main motivation is simply a desire to try his hand at the genre. "I see myself as someone who is very curious about storytelling and all its various media," Miller told MTV Movies. "I've always loved anime, in particular the Japanese sensibility. It's something I've always wanted to do."

Despite his affection for "Japanese sensibilities," Miller said he wants to adapt the style to make it more palatable for mainstream Western audiences. "The anime is an opportunity for me to shift a little bit about what anime is doing because anime is ripe for an adjustment or sea change," he said. "It's coming in games and I believe it's the same in anime. There's going to be a hybrid anime where it shifts more towards Western sensibilities. [Akira] Kurosawa was able to bridge that gap between the Japanese sensibilities and the West and make those definitive films."

The move to animation won't be the only big change in the fourth film: Miller said everyone's favorite Main Force Patrol officer, "Mad" Max Rockatansky - aka Mel Gibson - won't be taking part. "We'll probably go a different route" in voicing the film, he said. He also noted that the Mad Max videogame revealed in March of last year is still in the works but that it's still "a couple of years" away from release. "We're in the early stages writing and designing," he said. "A really good game you need two and half years. And for good anime you need two years."

The idea of Mad Max without Mel Gibson's voice may be alarming on the surface but what some people don't realize is that the original North American release of Miller's 1979 pre-apocalypse classic also didn't feature Gibson's voice. As an unknown actor at the time, he, along with virtually everyone else in the film, was overdubbed by American voice actors to make the movie seem "less foreign" for U.S. audiences. Interested in seeing the real deal? Check it out on YouTube.

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So it's not even real anime, it's wannabe anime?

Oh dear. I hate wannabe anime. I'm not even fond of most real anime (or at least the crap they send us in lieu of it).

*puts his head in his hands and weeps*

hmmm this sounds chancy, but it can't be any worse then the 3rd one.

SomeBritishDude:
*puts his head in his hands and weeps*

"we don't need another mooovieeee, We don't need another looonngg rruuuyuun tiimme!"

Cheer up, can't be as bad as the third.
As superfluous movies go, this is a good'en.

Ow. You know, I love Mad Max. The world would be a terrible place without it. I even have the VHS with the original voice tracks and not that shitty dubbing.
But this. This needs to sink into the bad idea vault and be forgotten forever. Not only are they skipping the Mel Gibson, they're 3-d animating it, and it's a faux anime. This, this is truly horrible.

Who knows, it might be just crazy enough to work.

interesting gamble. I dont hold high hopes for it though. Also how did war in iraq seen funding diverted from a film?

Next thing you know there'll be a Saturday morning cartoon version. Like Watchmen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDDHHrt6l4w

But wanting to try a genre out is never a good reason to change a film franchise (Animatrix anyone?)

thenumberthirteen:
But wanting to try a genre out is never a good reason to change a film franchise (Animatrix anyone?)

Animatrix was pretty good. It's puts the sequel films to shame at the very least.

How in hell do you make a kids cartoon from Rorschach?

fix-the-spade:

"we don't need another mooovieeee, We don't need another looonngg rruuuyuun tiimme!"

Kudos to you... I got it...and even sang it...lol.

I guess I'm the only one that liked the 3rd one. But a anime 4th...Nope...I boycott

And even worse, it's not even proper animation, it's CGI, which is just lazy.

I'm intrigued and disgusted all at the same time. I want to believe it's going to be awesome but my head is telling me it is bound to be bad.

I like to think that the Mad Max franchise ended with the conclusion of Mad Max 2, aka The Road Warrior. It would've been nice to wrap things up properly in a trilogy but Thunderdome just didn't work for me. I haven't seen it in years but I recall feeling very strongly that it betrayed the "white line nightmare" of the first two movies. Maybe it was just the absence of the Pursuit Special, necessary though it was, that set me against the movie right from the start, but it's hard to get around the fact that the first two movies are seared into my brain while all I can really remember about Thunderdome is that I did in fact see it at some point in the past.

Alone Disciple:

fix-the-spade:

"we don't need another mooovieeee, We don't need another looonngg rruuuyuun tiimme!"

Kudos to you... I got it...and even sang it...lol.

I guess I'm the only one that liked the 3rd one. But a anime 4th...Nope...I boycott

Tina Turner was super hot in that movie. Almost as hot as she was in Tommy.

NO.

things that make you go OOOOOOOOWHHHAAAAAAAT?

I'm confused. At what point did someone think this was a good idea? ... Oh OH it's a joke! I get it. Ha ha, that's really funny guys. This will actually be a Desert Punk movie or something right?

Not sure if this would work, but I will check it out.

Ah... If only they would've made it either a real movie or a real animation... I would've came a little...

Gzktkaw bawah guHUH?
I'm a goin' murderin' now.

What was it originally supposed to be called? Before it became retooled in a completely retarded way? Thunder Road or something?

SomeBritishDude:
*puts his head in his hands and weeps*

Why god why!? WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN US!?!?!?!?

TheNecroswanson:
Ow. You know, I love Mad Max. The world would be a terrible place without it. I even have the VHS with the original voice tracks and not that shitty dubbing.
But this. This needs to sink into the bad idea vault and be forgotten forever. Not only are they skipping the Mel Gibson, they're 3-d animating it, and it's a faux anime. This, this is truly horrible.

Agreed.

I still like Thunder Dome better... I like Master Blaster.

SomeBritishDude:
*puts his head in his hands and weeps*

*also weeps*

Just walk away.... just walk away from the gasoline.

Cousin_IT:
interesting gamble. I dont hold high hopes for it though. Also how did war in iraq seen funding diverted from a film?

You're joking right?
"Hi, I'm after funding for a movie set in a post apocalyptic future where humanity has used up all of it's fossil fuels and is fighting itself to extinction for the few remaining sources of petrol(gasoline for US readers)"

Response: "Um..... No."

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...No. Just... No.

Urgh, 3D anime? That has never looked good.

This is going to be an epic fail on so many levels.

Sounds okay to me:

1. Mad Max without Mel Gibson. Sweet!

2. It's not "real" anime. Thank god for that as all "real" anime ever created is complete 100% rubbish that people only like because they have a stupid Japan fetish, lame weeaboos. The further this film departs from "real" anime the better.

I don't get the Iraq connection though... someone please explain how those two things are related, so I know which Hollywood studios to boycott in future...

GyroCaptain:
Gzktkaw bawah guHUH?
I'm a goin' murderin' now.

From your Gyrochopter, right?

I'm sure they'll put a lot of effort into making this thing work. It isn't as if people go out of their way to make a bad film, I trust that George Miller knows what he is doing.

They shouldn't have made the third one, in my opinion. What's with making fourth installments to trilogies of years past?

The fact that it's going to be anime - and 3D anime at that - just sounds awful. (Not that I truly hate anime, its just that I really can't see it fitting for Mad Max...)

The amount of people who denounce it already is a little disconcerting to me.
At least wait until a trailer comes out... please...

So no Mel, no real actors, and its anime? Dear god this might suck worse than the DBZ movie.

Anime is just a cartoon, whitch is taking itself serriousilly. How cute.

I will now lock myself in a closet and cry.

(Glares at the article)

Excuse me, please join Dragon ball evolution in the bastardization range.

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