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Film Fanatic: Tom Hardy Says Mad Max Sequels Still On

Tom Hardy Confirms Mad Max Sequels Still Happening

It’s really hard for a film to live up to the hype. But somehow, George Miller’s long-in-development Mad Max sequel, Fury Road, not only met those expectations, it exceeded them.

The production of Fury Road however, was less than civil as stars Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron clashed on set. I don’t think months spent in the Australian desert helped either. But the film turned out to be one of the best of 2015. So to borrow a sports analogy: When you’re winning, nothing else matters.

Based on all that goodwill, Hardy is eager to make anther one. While speaking with Collider, he talked about Miller having a number of stories in mind for potential sequels.

More Mad Max movies, please. | (Warner Bros.)

“I’m anxiously waiting to find out,” said Hardy. “There’s mythology to do with Mad Max that spans copious amounts of tales. What’s wonderful about George is that he’s created sagas for Max and sagas for Furiosa, so it’s what he chooses to focus in on. I’m really just waiting for the call like, ‘All right, let’s get the leathers on and get back out there and do some more.’ It’s there. I’m just waiting for it and looking forward to it.”

Hardy also confirmed that he’s signed on for two more Mad Max sequels. The next film is tentatively titled, Mad Max: The Wasteland.

It’s exciting to hear Hardy eager to get back in the desert with this character. It’s also encouraging to know we won’t have to wait another 28 years for another George Miller action movie. Having said that, Miller isn’t exactly a spring chicken so the sooner we get these movies the better.

 

Lucasfilm Has “No Plans” To Digitally Recreate Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia

Rogue One has been an overwhelming success both critically and financially for Disney and Lucasfilm, but the one divisive aspect to the film has been the digital recreation of both Grand Moff Tarkin and Princess Leia.

Tarkin’s role was more substantial resulting in many fans complaining that his CGI face was distracting. One could argue many of his scenes could have been given to Darth Vader to reduce his screen time. Personally, I didn’t have a problem with his character despite the fact that I knew immediately that it was a digital recreation.

Such an effect is becoming more and more popular these days with digital effects becoming more advanced. We saw Michael Douglas and Robert Downey Jr. become thirty years younger in their respective Marvel movies and Martin Scorsese is planning to do the same with Robert De Niro and Al Pacino in his next film, The Irishman.

But with the passing of Carrie Fisher in late December, the talk has turned to resurrecting actors who have died because, why not. They did it with Paul Walker and Peter Cushing.

Rumors have already swirled that Disney and Lucasfilm were negotiating with Fisher’s estate for the rights to her digital image. Speculation followed that they would take the Tarkin route and render Leia’s performance digitally for Episode IX.

Carrie Fisher will not be returning in hologram form. Thankfully. | (Lucasfilm)

But in a rare statement, the studio has officially announced that they have no intention of bring her back through the magic of digital effects.

“We want to assure our fans that Lucasfilm has no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher’s performance as Princess or General Leia Organa,” said the studio in a statement.

“Carrie Fisher was, is, and always will be a part of the Lucasfilm family. She was our princess, our general, and more importantly, our friend. We are still hurting from her loss. We cherish her memory and legacy as Princess Leia, and will always strive to honor everything she gave to Star Wars.”

There’s two reasons for this stance. First, it’s in poor taste. The woman has died and to bring her back through digital resurrection would not only hinder the story of Episode IX, it would also come off as cheap. Second, they’ve heard the backlash over Tarkin and have no intention of repeating that gimmick.

Thankfully, they came to their senses and will have to alter the script for Episode IX. Fisher had already completed her work on Episode VIII so expect a nice tribute to the late actress in that film. Having said that, the final scene in Rogue One is a bittersweet sendoff for Fisher.

Fisher laid the groundwork for strong female characters. As we’ve seen in both The Force Awakens and Rogue One, she leaves a lasting legacy.

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