Max Max 4 won’t be filmed in city
Friday, 5th August, 2011
Blockbuster movie sequel Mad Max 4: Fury Road will not be filmed in the Broken Hill area.
Producers of the much anticipated $100 million-plus extravaganza have abandoned plans to film the movie in the region because our changing scenery is still unsuitable for the wastelands backdrop needed for the movie.
“Obviously we are very disappointed with this news,” BH Mayor Wincen Cuy told the BDT yesterday.
“But there is nothing we can do when weather intervenes and it certainly hasn’t been because of a lack of trying to convince the producers to come back.
“Unfortunately the wide green expanses of the Mundi Mundi Plains are just not the scenery Doug Mitchell (Fury Road co-producer) and his team are looking for,” Cr Cuy continued.
At this stage, future plans for the production of the Warner Brothers-backed Fury Road are unclear.
Kennedy Miller Mitchell (KMM) is yet to indicate where they will be filming the movie, but in the past there has been industry speculation the shoot will be moved off-shore with Namibia, Morocco and Chile mentioned as possible locations.
Around 30 weeks of filming for Fury Road was expected to take place in and around BH, with the overall production estimated to create more than 500 jobs over the two-and-a-half year period anticipated to get the movie into release.
KMM has already spent some six to eight months of preparation in BH along with hundreds of thousands of dollars on pre-production for Fury Road.
“There’s no doubt the city has already benefitted greatly from Fury Road ... it’s just a shame that we won’t be seeing the crew again,” Cr Cuy said.
“We are fortunate that KMM will honour their two-year commitment to the city’s new Film Studio and as a show of good faith they have also given us permission to sub-lease the facility in their absence which gives us the ability to generate another revenue stream.
“A significant financial commitment from KMM to our studio is already in the bank because they really believe our film studio and precinct has tremendous potential and they know those funds will help us promote that fact,” Cr Cuy added.
The BDT understands that City Council is close to making an announcement regarding another movie-themed event coming to the city.
“That could be the case,” Cr Cuy said, “but I won’t be making any comment on that just yet.”
Pre-production work on Fury Road began in late 2009 with filming initially slated to start in the BH region in August last year.
But March 2010 was the wettest in more than 20 years - including a 96-millimetre drenching in just one day - which rendered the Mundi Muni Plains too green and moist for the post-apocalyptic film.
Late last year around 200 crew members returned to BH for the pre-production phase, bringing numerous cars and motorbikes which were used to rehearse some of the almost 300 stunts expected in the movie.
The vehicles were stored and modified at the former Galena Street power station and it is believed some remain in BH.
But a record-breaking 140mm of rain in February this year - on top of 127mm in January - again stalled the project.
Fury Road’s Academy Award-winning director George Miller had indicated the fourth installment of the Mad Max series would be filmed on revolutionary new 3D technology.
British actor Tom Hardy (Inception) had been confirmed to take over from Mel Gibson as Mad Max, while Charlize Theron and Hugh Keays-Byrne, who played Toecutter in the first Mad Max, had also been signed.
In August last year the Hollywood Stock Exchange forecast that Fury Road would gross more than $US70m at the box office.