Most people, especially nomads, would take a rain storm hitting the desert as a good thing. The land is usually so dry that not even Charlie Brooker’s wit would survive, so a few drops of rain would normally be the source of joy and naked hippie dancing.
Not so for George Miller, the creator of the Mad Max series and the director of the next entry in the franchise, Mad Max: Fury Road. Miller had been hoping for the desert around Broken Hill, in Austraila’s New South Wales state, to stay drier than a delicious Martini, but with flowers blooming, production has had to be put on hold yet again as the Oscar-winner refuses to change location.
He told the Sydney Morning Herald that, ”Unfortunately for Mad Max, what was wasteland is now this wonderful flower garden. We’ve looked at every single nook and cranny in Australia for these specific locations. That’s why Broken Hill has become such a base for outback films: you’ve got the infrastructure of the city itself and the treeless plains beyond. Obviously if we go to Namibia or Morocco or Chile it’s a different kettle of fish, but we want to shoot it here.”
The news means that filming may be be pushed back to September or October next year, but stars Tom Hardy (Inception) and Charlize Theron (Monster) are likely to remain on board.
Meanwhile, Miller added that Hugh Keays-Byrne, who was wonderfully evil as Toecutter in the first film, will be making a return to the series.