‘Fury Road’ will shoot in Sydney, outback
SYDNEY — The fourth installment in George Miller’s “Mad Max” franchise, “Fury Road,” is set to go into production in Sydney and outback New South Wales next year, according to local reports Saturday.
Miller, who also will produce the film through his production shingle Kennedy Miller, is quoted as saying that ” ‘Fury Road’ will put NSW back on the map as a filmmaking destination.
“Hollywood has cut its production in half. Big movies like ‘Fury Road’ and ‘Happy’ Feet are rare and competitively sought after in all the filmmaking regions of the world,” Miller told the Daily Telegraph newspaper.
“The production agreements have been a long time in the making and (NSW) Premier Rees and his team have worked like Trojans to ensure this substantial investment comes into this country. Not only does it help fuel the local economy but it means many talented people get a chance to practice their craft and lift their skills.”
News that “Fury Road” has been given the greenlight comes just 10 days after Warner Bros. announced was pulling production of “Green Lantern” out of Australia.
No studio backing for “Fury Road” was announced for the film, which reportedly has a $100 million budget.
“The ‘Mad Max’ films are iconic,” Rees said. “In the hands of director George Miller, we will see one of the largest and most ambitious live-action films ever made in Australia. This is a clear vote of confidence in Australian expertise. This proves that Sydney is an international contender for major film production.”
Kennedy Miller is also in production on “Happy Feet 2″ in its digital production joint venture with Omnilab Media, Dr D.
It has been 30 years since the post-apocalyptic thriller “Mad Max” was released, propelling Mel Gibson to stardom.