George Miller reboots 'Mad Max' with '105-minute chase scene'

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By Piya Sinha-Roy

San Diego (Reuters) - A dynamic new lead and an epic-scale chase will be at the center of the new "Mad Max" reboot, as Australian director George Miller reignites his explosive action thriller franchise as the fight for survival in the wasteland rages on.

"Mad Max: Fury Road," the fourth installment of the "Mad Max" franchise that began in 1979 with Mel Gibson in the lead role, saw a post-apocalypse dystopian Australia where police officer Max Rockatansky battles hardened criminals of the outback.

Time Warner Inc-owned Warner Bros' "Fury Road," due in theaters next year, is set 45 years in a post-apocalyptic future, and Miller said the whole film is a "105-minute chase scene through the wasteland."

"Everyone in the story is either a villain or a good guy; this is a very dangerous world and everyone you encounter could be out to kill you to simply to take what you have. So it's all survival," the director told Reuters.

The film has been about 15 years in the making, and Miller said that initially he was working with Gibson, but after 9/11, the project was scrapped. By the time the director picked it up again, Gibson was past the age he wanted Max to be.

"It's not about an old Mad Max, it's about the same Mad Max," he said.

British actor Tom Hardy picks up the mantle of Max, and Miller said he embodies many of the qualities he first felt with Gibson.

"They are (both) the guys who are very lovable, and at the same time they've got their dark side, and that contrast is at the core of their charisma."   Continued...

Director George Miller arrives at the premiere of "Happy Feet Two" in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles, California, November 13, 2011. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas