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Mad Max 4 to be a 3-D anime

MadMax.jpgWe're heard from George Miller occasionally on the subject of Mad Max 4. Last we heard he hadn't given up hope entirely of Mel Gibson being involved.

Seems the penny has finally dropped though. Miller is now planning on making it as a 3-D anime feature, without Mel Gibson at all.

Mad Max 4 was ready to film once upon a time, and with Mel Gibson, but then a war put paid to the plans. And just last December, we found out that Mel Gibson didn't want to film the script that was in existence. Even then George Miller was holding out that Gibson may one day change his mind.

A few months on though, and George Miller has gone off in an entirely different direction. Following his success in the animated film field with Happy Feet, he wants to make Mad Max 4. Except without Mel Gibson, and as a 3-D Japanese style anime feature. We won't even hear Mel Gibson's voice in the film. Talk about moving the goal posts.

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. 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. [Japanese filmmaker Akira] Kurosawa was able to bridge that gap between the Japanese sensibilities and the West and make those definitive films.

Miller was talking to MTV Movies Blog. He's talking about games there, because apparently we can expect a Mad Max computer game too. When it comes to the film, he says that the script will at least partly come from the film that never got made. We may be waiting a while to see the whole thing come to fruition.

I’ve got a couple of years left. We’re in the early stages writing and designing. A really good game you need two and half years. And for good anime you need two years.

Miller certainly seems to have some grand plans. I can honestly say, I didn't think I see the day Mad Max became an anime film. It's either a great idea or a plain crazy idea. Or maybe both. What do you think about an animated Mad Max minus Mel Gibson?



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