Warner Bros just unveiled the Comic-Con trailer for its upcoming "Mad Max: Fury Road," starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron. Check it out below.
Plot: The post-apocalyptic action film is set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world of fire and blood exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order. There's Max (Hardy), a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos, and Furiosa (Theron), a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland.
"Mad Max: Fury Road" is directed by George Miller (Mad Max) and is set to hit conventional and 3D theaters on May 15th, 2015.
"Still, all of this could have been done with an older Rockatansky played by Mel ...which would have been truly epic. So a certain wasted opportunity will forever hang over this film, methinks."
Please. Young white people would never flock to a film starring that old white angry racist Christian. sh*t might work at a Palm Beach Tea Party rally but not in the demos that put sparking gold on the Jews' tables.
So Hardy was a much better choice with potential sequel options, but methinks this will bomb regardless.
Iím not sure young white people give a sh*t either way, particularly with the young(er) surrounding cast and all the spectacle offered in the trailer. These days, with enough marketing, and the right marketing, just about any big blockbuster can be sold to the masses.
Thereís certainly a resistance to Gibson. No doubt about that. But I reckon itís less to do with general audiences and more to do with the industry.
Dunno. Social media has made news easier to come by. Someone tweets what Gibson says and it's around the world and more greatly disseminated than if it came out of a popular trade mag Variety, or even TMZ.
I think the biggest problems with Gibson among the given crowd/demo are thus:
A) few of them who have heard of him give a sh*t about him, largely because he's old and irrelevant.
B) few of them have heard of him to any great detail.
C) few of them have heard much about him that isn't very negative.
And none of his more recent movies have done well, especially among the target demo.
Yeah, we older film fans like him because we grew up watching Lethal Weapon and a few of his better films, but we're not the target demo. We don't have the discretionary spending younger crowds have. We forgive Gibson for his illiberal transgressions because we fondly recall he was once a great actor who enthralled us on lonely weekends and desultory trips to the theater.
These young folks....just don't give a sh*t about him, and even if a production unit teamed him up with someone like Taters, Gibson would hurt the film more than he'd help it.
I could've seen a scenario where the older, original Mad Max (Gibson) is now a legend/mythical figure. Hardy just assumes the name of Max, and maybe they meet near the end of the film; Gibson having a cameo and passing the baton to his younger, reborn moniker.