The world isn’t quite safe, and the set of Mad Max: Furiosa has been shut down due to a frightening health issue that still worries productions.
By Charlene Badasie | Posted
The long-awaited prequel to Mad Max: Fury Road was forced to stop production for health and safety reasons. film on Furiosa, which is set in Australia, came to a halt after director George Miller tested positive for Covid-19. The filmmaker, who has worked on the entire franchise, will now have to isolate himself at home in Sydney. The delay shouldn’t have a major impact on the project schedule since no one else on set has tested positive for the virus yet, the Daily Mail reports.
The Furiosa reverse recalls Miller’s infamous 2012 shoot Mad Max: Fury Road. At the time, the film was plagued with several costly delays and production issues. Productions first started in Namibia but ran into some public relations problems after the country’s Coastal Management and Conservation Project accused producers of damaging plant and animal species. The studios later dismissed these reports as “rhetoric”. Reruns then took place at Potts Hill and Penrith Lakes in western Sydney, but bad weather meant further delays.
Contrary to Furiosait was also revealed that the tension between Mad Max: Fury Road stars Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy also caused major disruption on set. After making headlines years later, the actress said she sought protection from the Marvel alum at some point. Speaking to writer Kyle Buchanan (via the Daily Mail) for his book “Blood, Sweat & Chrome: The Wild and True Story of Mad Max: Fury Road,” Theron said Hardy’s delay on set caused tension that almost entirely derailed the film. Luckily, the couple managed to tolerate each other for the duration of filming, and the film made nearly $400 million at the worldwide box office.
Mad Max: Furiosa features an impressive cast with Anya Taylor-Joy in the title role of Imperator Furiosa. The film also features Chris Hemsworth as Immortan Joe, Tom Burke as Dr. Dementus, Nathan Jones as Rictus Erectus, and Angus Sampson as The Organic Mechanic. While nothing official has been released about each character, set photos gave fans their first look at Taylor-Joy as Furiosa. She is seen with a much longer hairstyle than her predecessor, Charlize Theron. Looking rather disheveled, the actress also wears a green screen glove, for one thing, suggesting that the character will already be missing her left arm, much like the Furiosa in Fury Road.
Described as a post-apocalyptic action adventure, Furiosa is directed by George Miller from a screenplay he co-wrote with Nico Lathouris. It serves as a spin-off and prequel to 2015 Mad Max: Fury Road. The project also sees the replay of editor Margaret Sixel, costume designer Jenny Beavan and composer Junkie XL. As the fifth film in the franchise, the story focuses on Furiosa’s origins.
As the world crumbles, a young Furiosa is snatched from the Green Place of Many Mothers and falls into the hands of a large horde of bikers led by the warlord Dementus. Scanning the Wasteland, they encounter the Citadel presided over by the Immortan Joe. As these two tyrants fight for dominance, Furiosa must survive several trials as she hatches a plan to find her way home. The film is currently set to hit theaters on May 24, 2024.