Mad Max Anime Announced by Original Director


George Miller, original director of the Mad Max series of movies, has revealed plans to make an anime sequel to the classic post-apocalyptic, petrol-scavenging movie that propelled the then unknown actor Mel Gibson to stardom.

This comes as the latest news in a recent trend of Hollywood involvement with anime, which includes the Dragonball film and the upcoming Cowboy Bebop live-action film that will star Keanu Reeves.

This news was released on the MTV website yesterday, with little in the way of concrete details other than the Australian director’s declaration that the next Mad Max film, the first in 14 years, will be an anime, and will not involve Mel Gibson.

Miller, who directed all three films of the series, [Mad Max (1979), Mad Max 2, also known as The Road Warrior (1981), Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome (1985)] is quoted thusly:

“I see myself as someone who is very curious about storytelling and all its various media…I’ve always loved anime, in particular the Japanese sensibility. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do.”

No information is given on possible studios, producers, or cast, so the project may well still be in the early stages of planning and take years to materialize, but Miller has recently worked as a director in Warner Bros. projects that include the 2006 Oscar-winning family friendly animated CG movie, “Happy Feet”, so the 64 year-old director does possess the clout and wherewithal to make his announcement be taken seriously.

Information is definitely scarce at this point, but one interesting, additional nugget is the following quote from Miller:

“The anime is an opportunity for me to shift a little bit about what anime is doing because anime is ripe for an adjustment or sea change…It’s coming in games and I believe it’s the same in anime.

There’s going to be a hybrid anime where it shifts more towards Western sensibilities. Kurosawa was able to bridge that gap between the Japanese sensibilities and the West and make those definitive films.”

Putting aside the immediate concern likely to result by the implied conceit that an Australian director’s vision for Japanese-style anime might be preferable to that held by the Japanese anime studios themselves, one conclusion that may be reached is that the Mad Max anime might not even involve any Japanese anime studio at all, as Miller has previously worked on an animated film and that he seems determined to not make the adaptation a traditional anime.

In any case, further news of the Mad Max animation will likely be of interest to many, if for no other reason that live-action to anime adaptations are (for obvious reasons) much more palatable to otaku then when the process occurs in reverse.

Via MTV.

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    Comment by kenjiharima
    12:44 08/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It'll be like Hokuto no Ken if this will be animated.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:30 08/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm interested purely because it's another mad max sequel. Media type isn't really a concern, the original films were legendary.

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    Comment by iPood
    12:30 08/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I second this, I can't wait to see how this turns out, hoping he isn't going to use many western studios, producers and dicking around.
    I got a good feeling about it, it won't turn out like anime as we're generally used to but he does know who he's catering to.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:00 08/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    hmmmm....."western oriented anime"....*thinks of Afro Samurai*...NO!! JUST NO!!

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    Comment by maxchain
    06:46 08/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This could be really, really awesome. Consider my hopes cranked to Up for one final time, Internet.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:05 22/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    That was then, this is now.

    People need to stop going on how this film is to be some kind of cartoon-it was only briefly considerd as an option by the producer/director.

    We know by now that the film will be live action and will be filmed in Australia (not Namibia) in 2011/2012, after Happy Feet 2 and Justice League.

    Budget will be only AUD $50 million, down from the original $100 million USD, but $50 mil goes along way in OZ when it comes to movie making.

    Mel Gibson will not appear as Max but possibly as a cameo in a dream sequence or end of life sequence.

    40 year old Aussie actor Steve Innes is set to be cast as Max, if he has not been already.

    The film will be set about 20 years after Thunderdome, when Max is about 60, not 200 years into the future with events set around Max's great, great Grandson!!!!

    The film should be released in 2013.

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    Comment by Ben
    04:41 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Every Mad Max movie got progressively worse and somebody with a fascination for that, furthermore turning it into an anime, probably wont change that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:31 08/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm amused how easily that picture reminded me of Fallout. I never happened to watch Mad Max, but the game was outstanding for me and it's nostalgic to see the combination of that leather jacket and the dog.
    Fallout has a replica of it, which is the first and lightest armor you find (robes notwithstanding). And each time I've played it, it was always particularly satisfying to put on that first armor, as I clear out Vault 15.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:46 26/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wish for the artist that drew the cars in the Initial D manga or someone better to draw the post apocalyptic cars in Moemax. INTERCEPTOR! XD

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:27 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think a Mad Max anime has been done already *cough* FIST OF THE NORTH STAR! *cough*

    Comment by dead
    11:38 09/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    it will be cartoon not a fucking anime morons

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:22 08/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd watch it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:56 09/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i think an anime mad max has potential, not to just point out ultra violent anime but black lagoon has a western feel and is very popular if the same kind of work that went into that went into this then it could be somthing good. i'm not gonna miss mel but i hope they bring back that iconic 1974 ford falcon XBGT with that push button blower super charger.

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    Comment by Hiddenshade
    23:44 08/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Is highly probable that this anime of Mad Max will be a hybrid like the good cartoons of the 80s.
    -Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors
    -G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
    -Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:44 07/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i just hope it contain gore and loli nudity, i had enough of 'Nobody dies because cartoon is for teen audience' Bullshit!

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    Comment by Vegio
    23:09 07/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'll second that. except the loli nudity part, i'm more for grown women.

    Comment by Chen
    00:23 08/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The world needs more lolis and less unicef. Big breasts are disgusting. DFC is needed! I don't care for the nobody dies attitude, as long as there are plenty of naked lolis having crazy yuri sex.

    Comment by azzura
    22:41 07/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Post Apocallyptic world ain't something new to anime.
    hope it comes out good.

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    Comment by Mechwarrior
    23:44 07/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    More Mad Max, the better it gets. Bring it on! I need another dose of post-apocalyptic BDSM car chases!

    Comment by イチロ イノ Ichiro Ino
    23:29 07/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    maybe he's talking about cartoons or pseudo-anime.. not anime...

    Comment by Random Otaku
    22:16 07/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wai... WHAT?!

    For some reason it's really hard to imagine a Mel Gibson movie turned into Anime, especially this one. @_@

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:20 08/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Shouldn't be too hard to imagine -- Hokuto no Ken/Fist of the North Star is probably one of the most blatant and long-lived homages/rip-offs in the history of Japanese animation. And it basically = Mad Max/Road Warrior.

    Comment by Helian
    06:38 08/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not at all. In Ken, the main plot is centered around martial arts, the relationship between Ken and his brothers/the backstory of various badguys, etc etc.

    Mad max doesn't do martial arts, he keeps getting beat up by baddies that Ken would dispatch with his fingertips.

    The only real homeage is the setting of the story - post apocalyptic world populated by mutant bikers-gangs, and that is only really true for the first Shin-arc, after which the armies of Raoh/Souther replace them as the generic badguy, and they have a much more medival/ancient Rome feel to them.

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    Comment by iPood
    12:20 08/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    True, also japan had to deal with biker gangs for a good while now so it's not strange to see them appear in all sorts of settings.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:06 07/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    not really. Jackie Chan got his own cartoon so I guess if it's popular enough, it will be done.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    21:08 07/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm not gonna even bother to watch this...

    Comment by Anon
    04:35 08/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ''further news of the Mad Max animation will likely be of interest to many''


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    Comment by Quen
    07:46 08/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by Vegio
    20:54 07/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i actually like the recent works of miller, but that's another story.

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    Comment by Aya Kyunik
    20:28 07/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I thought they already made it, and renamed it Hokuto no Ken hehe

    It'd be interesting to see how this will turn out, especially if they don't even use any Japanese studio.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:25 08/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Seriously. And Hokuto no Ken is remembered by Japanese Gen Xers with a GAR fondness that it's practically sacred.

    This seems like a really bad idea if he means to try to hook a Japanese audience because I'm sure a lot of them just disregard it as a Hokuto no Ken rip-off (just like that hilarious guy a few posts down that said this looked like a Fallout rip-off).

    I guess if he means to market exclusively to Westerners, maybe it will have a chance, but he'd probably gain more acceptance if he said he was going to make it like the Heavy Metal movies and not animu.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:08 25/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i heard they made it into a video game too, fallout 3...

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    Comment by Shuu
    00:37 08/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Indeed, they have some really tough competition there. If no Japanese director is involved, I can't see how it could possibly turn out decent enough to compete with that masterpiece.

    Besides, there are already a few precedents as to what happens when non-Japanese try their hands on anime... *cough*Robotech Shadow Chronicles*cough**cough*

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    Comment by Bakajim
    15:58 08/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I didn't mind Shaddow Chronicles.. and I look forward to the next installment.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:50 12/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Robotech is a piece of SHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIT!!

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    Comment by Shuu
    09:19 10/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The character designs were gorgeous (the female ones at least), but that's about it. Story was as cliche-laden as your average Saturday-morning cartoon, and this coming from someone who thinks for a cheap rip-off, Robotech as a whole was actually well thought-out and features an interesting universe. I'll admit some interest in the follow-up series because of this.

    At least they used a Korean studio for character designs and animation production, George Miller better does the same if he wants to avoid total failure.

    Comment by Channing
    21:18 07/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, we've seen how video game to movie came out. (horribly)
    We've seen video game to anime. (so-so?)
    We've seen anime to video game. (depends)
    We're getting anime to (western) movie.
    Now movie to anime?

    I'd give it a shot. You never know.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:55 08/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Isn't a large percentage of anime VN based anyway..

    Comment by Channing
    09:18 08/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I forgot to point that out, yes. You are correct.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:22 07/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pic looks like fallout.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:26 07/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, fallout looks like the pic.

    Comment by Dorian Cornelius Jasper
    21:42 07/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Which was intentional on Fallout's part.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:53 07/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    YES!! Could this be the return of some of the good old animation that have been lost for years now?
    The guy is smart, calling "anime" this project, he knows that in the western world, "animation" is for children, but "anime" is commonly related to nasty and perverted stuff.
    Damn, I remember Akira, G.I.T.S., Ninja scroll, Saint Seiya, DBZ, Lupin, etc. I stopped watching anime when all this moe/loli/girlie bulshit started. Man I feel sorry for the actual otaku generation.

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    Comment by XSportSeeker
    05:30 08/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't feel sorry, we love and have lots of fun with them. Feel sorry for yourself on not being able to enjoy loli/moe stuff, but specially feel sorry for yourself for labeling those "girlie".

    Watching violent/hardcore/action anime doesn't make you any more "macho".

    But a MadMax Bizarre Adventure would be awesome!

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:11 08/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I mean, I watched G.T.I.T.S, DBZ or Akira with my father, and he said: WOW how cool is this shit son!! I couldn't believe that he asked me to record the DBZ episodes! My old man enjoyed anime as I did. Do you realize what that means?! Today, go show your parents, or enyone else, crap like Strike witches, my god. I DO fell sorry for the actual anime scene, no doubt about it. Last decent things I saw was, Vampire hunter D and APPLESEED EX.
    This got nothing to do with any Macho thing.
    I loved Ranma and CCS, but today the whole scene has been taken by one fucking gender, wich honestly really sucks.

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    Comment by iPood
    12:18 08/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Have you even seen anything recent which wasn't insanely popular.

    Comment by Helian
    06:31 08/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    All the titles you mention are works specificly picked for foregin markets by various B-video companies, in an effort to sell anime as hyper-violence to the west. In no way does Akira, Ghost in the shell etc. represent the mainstream in anime, not now, nor did it back in any "good old days".

    Those titles you liked where nothing but the crop of the most violent crap the anime industry produced over the span of 20-25 years.
    "all this moe/loli/girlie bulshit started" as you toughtfully put it, has been around since before you where born.

    Whatever you enjoy, is surerly is not anime, which leaves me wondering what brings you to this site, when you should be down at your local rentalstore/torrent site getting your fill of B-action movies.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:00 08/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Mmmh, are you fucking kidding me? Akira not anime? AKIRA or gits, are only an example of the good old times, do you want a list? Captain Harlock is not anime? Robot carnival is not anime? Look, I'm just saying that today anime means a bunch of underage girls showing their asses and rubbing each other in the bath, and that sucks. I'm saying that anime is having a bad time, and you are calling legendary titles not anime as a response? How dare you? Ok, lets put aside the "violent shit" like Macross or Evangelion, wich you said it is not anime just because were popular outside Japan. What about the Miyazaki work, like Nausicaa or Mononoke, doesn't this movies represent the japanese culture? I bet you think it's not anime cause the chara design are not "sexually appealling" and doesn't have kiddie girls having sex.
    Anyway, at the end the real masterpieces will remain, and not the moe/loli perverted crap, but that's obvious. What annoys me is the lost of a beautiful artcraft, and that now otaku means a guy fapping on nine years old girls god dammit.

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    Comment by Quen
    17:32 08/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think you might be romanticizing about the past too much here.

    In any case, 25 years ago "otaku" was an even worse label than it is today, to say nothing of the especially negative attitude during the early 90s...

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:02 10/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    And shit, I forgot Black Lagoon. Cowboy Bebop on the water, if you will.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:52 10/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You weren't aware of ecchi stuff back then (since it wasn't easy to get in the west). It has always been around, nothing has changed. The ratio of "serious" to "ecchi" shows (what on earth makes you think those works are not targeted towards adults?) is the same as ever. Although I'm not aware of any statistics to back this up, I'm pretty sure that the ratio only fluctuates over time at best.

    You think there are no serious/artful/meaningful productions anymore today? Let me name a few more recent ones:
    FLAG, Tytania, Bounen no Xamdou, Sennou Chousashitsu, Denno Coil, Vexille, NHK ni Yokoso, Sunabozu, Seirei no Moribito, ...
    I could recall many more if I tried hard enough, and obviously GitS 2 and all new Miyazaki stuff also counts.

    Comment by Scrooge McDuck
    20:21 08/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It should be noted that Akira came out at the same time as Gunbuster, which is actualy more received amongst the otaku community and depends on its cutesy factor amongst others.

    And the first GITS movie? Heck, it is from the era of Galaxy Fraulein Yuna, Tenchi Muyo, Saber Marionette and Oh My Goddess, all of which utilize sex appeal and moe extensively.

    The thing is, you refer to the era of Akira and GITS (which are quite far apart, mind) as though as they are some "good, old time", while in fact that those two titles are not in any way represents the Japanese anime trend at the time.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:10 08/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah I know, that's the problem. I wish I could go out with a t-shirt about some new cool anime, and tell everybody HEY! Look anime is awesome! Take a look at this! You could do that some time ago with shows like Cowbe or Eva, and it worked, people who hated the word "anime" becomed hard core fans! But now to talk about anime is fucking embarrasing!

    And now "anime fans" say, "all of that shows are not anime, because were meant to be a product for foreign countries" Wtf? That's what actual fans think of anime?
    So now we have Disney shit on one side and Loli crap on the other? Of course I'm a romantic, I wish there would be new anime in the style of Cobra. But when most of the fandom prefer "MoeMax" then, yes I should go and rent some B action movies.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:33 08/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm refering more to a STYLE than an era. I'd named Lupin and Harlock, that's the 70's dude, Cobra, Akira, Gunbuster, patlabor, that's te 80's, Gits, Cowbe, Eva, Ninja Scroll etc, 90's.
    I'm talking about now, this decade. Adult oriented anime seems to be extinct or something. The latest mostly known work is Higlander-Vengeance, that's just SAD, that's all I'm saying.
    We have to wait till some guy decides to do a movie in anime style, or Hollywood to buy the rights of some anime, to do shitty live action adaptations. What the hell happen all of a sudden?

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    Comment by Quen
    21:47 08/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I remember hearing such comments over a decade ago, and Hideaki Anno also said something similar around the time he directed Eva in 95-96.

    Having rose-colored memories of the past is normal, and I'm sure 15 years from now the same things will be said about how great this generation of anime was.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:46 08/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow, you're right, maybe is time for someone in the busissnes to say something like this again. I know, I know, ten years from now, people will talk about FMA, One piece, Naruto(?).. but watching it now at a closer view it wasn't THAT GREAT. Certainly not compared with how BIG Robotech, DBZ, SS and Eva were in their time. Anime is failing somehow...


    Comment by Anonymous
    23:05 07/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    well yeah~ moemax
    a must-see!!!

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    Comment by DHYohko
    00:04 08/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Moemax: Beyond Pleasure Dome XD

    Comment by IC DeaDPiPoL
    22:12 07/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    waiting for MoeMax

    Comment by Anon
    23:47 07/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can't wait for he Mad Max-tan special that will be on the DVD.

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    05:20 08/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by Zelgadis4tw
    01:16 08/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    omg that made me LOL

    Comment by Typewriter
    03:10 08/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because Akira and Ghost in the Shell definitely represents all the anime from their respective (rather far apart) erae, none of which utilize the cute appeal of their female characters?

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:18 08/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Avatar: The Last Airbender would like to have a word with you.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:24 08/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Err, I know that show already is ok for small kids, but not so long ago same kids were watching Saint Seiya, and if you didn't saw it yet; What are you waiting for? Be a wise otaku.

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