Mad Max is a 1979 Australian dystopian action film directed by George Miller, produced by Byron Kennedy and starring Mel Gibson. James McCausland and Miller wrote the screenplay from a story by Miller and Kennedy. It became a top-grossing Australian film, holding the Guinness record for most profitable film for decades and has been credited for further opening up the global market to Australian New Wave films. The series has had a lasting influence on apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction ever since.
The Mad Max franchise consists of a series of futuristic post-apocalyptic action films, taking place in the "Mad Max Universe". The first film in the series, Mad Max, spawned sequels Mad Max 2 (a.k.a. The Road Warrior) in 1981 and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome in 1985. A fourth installment, Mad Max: Fury Road starring Tom Hardy as Max, is scheduled for release in May 2015.
In May 2009, location scouting was reported to be underway for Mad Max 4: Fury Road. The production was, however, delayed until June 2012 with a release date of 15 May 2015. It was also revealed that the film is to be immediately followed by a fifth entry, Mad Max 5: Furiosa.
Mad Max (1979)
Mad Max is a 1979 Australian dystopian action film directed by George Miller and written by Miller and Byron Kennedy. It tells a story of breakdown of society, murder, and vengeance. The film, starring the then-little-known Mel Gibson, was released internationally in 1980. It became a top-grossing Australian film and has been credited for further opening the global market to Australian New Wave films.
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)
Mad Max 2 (also known as The Road Warrior in the U.S., and Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior) is a 1981 Australian post-apocalyptic action film directed by George Miller. This sequel to Miller's Mad Max was a worldwide box office success that further launched the career of Mel Gibson. The film's tale of a community of settlers moved to defend themselves against a roving band of marauders follows an archetypal "Western" frontier movie motif, as does Max's role as a hardened man who rediscovers his humanity. It also opens with a previously unexplained backstory on the tragic events that led to those in the original film.
Mad Max 3: Beyond Thunderdome (1982)
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (also known as Mad Max 3: Beyond Thunderdome or simply Mad Max 3) is a 1985 film, the third installment in the action movie Mad Max franchise. The film was directed by George Miller and George Ogilvie, and starred Mel Gibson and Tina Turner. The original music score was composed by Maurice Jarre. George Miller, director of the first two Mad Max movies, lost interest in the project after his friend and producer Byron Kennedy was killed in a helicopter crash while location scouting. Miller later agreed to direct the action sequences.
Mad Max 4: Fury Road (2015)
Mad Max: Fury Road (also known as Mad Max 4: Fury Road or simply Mad Max 4), the fourth film of the franchise, is an upcoming Australian post-apocalyptic action film co-written and directed by George Miller. Originally planned for a 2014 release with shooting to begin in 2011, rare high levels of rain in the Australian desert detracted from the post-apocalyptic feeling that Miller wanted. Instead, shooting was delayed until July 2012, taking place in Namibia, Africa, and the film's release was postponed until 2015. It is to feature British actor Tom Hardy as Mad Max, and co-star Charlize Theron.
Mad Max 5: Furiosa (2015?)
The film Mad Max 4: Fury Road is to be immediately followed by a fifth entry, Mad Max 5: Furiosa.