Mad Max: Fury Road Eyeing January 2012 Start

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Production on the long-in-development Mad Max sequels (tentatively to be shot back-to-back and entitled Mad Max: Fury Road and Mad Max: Furiosa) has been pushed into early 2012. Australia’s The Daily Telegraph has the update, straight from director George Miller.

“We’ve built the vehicles,” Miller says, “We’ve designed the movie. The principal cast is locked in. The film is funded. It’s all ready to go. We just wait.”

The new aim is now to begin shooting in January 2012, thanks to unpredictable rains that have temporarily ruined the desert environment of the Australian outback.

Tom Hardy (who will now move into production for The Dark Knight Rises) will take over the role made famous by Mel Gibson and is expected to act opposite Charlize Theron.

Miller, meanwhile, is currently in production on Happy Feet 2, slated for release on November 18th of his year.