The long-gestation Mad Max sequel Fury Road is finally roaring towards theaters, but its release date is further down the line than expected.
For a while, it seemed like Australia would really collapse into a dusty future dystopia before Fury Road was actually released. The long-awaited continuation of the Mad Max series first started filming all the way back in the summer of 2012, but is now scheduled to be released on May 15, 2015, almost three years after production began.
For comparison’s sake, the films, Terminator, Batman/Superman, Jurassic World, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Ant-Man are all scheduled to come out in the same time frame, but either haven’t started shooting yet, or have just barely begun the casting process. Fury Road started shooting a year and a half ago. Usually, when a film has such a delayed release schedule, it’s a sign that there’s trouble rumbling under the hood, and it could signal that there are problems with the film that the studio still needs to iron out.
Fury Road, which will star Tom Hardy, Nicholas Hoult, and Charlize Theron will also have to deal with the impossibly crowded summer of 2015, a season which is destined to become its own release date Thunderdome. There’s an incredible amount of superhero and popcorn flick being released in one short summer, and more than a few of them are bound to be cannibalized in the crush of releases. The studios are creating a situation were several films will enter, and only a few will leave making their budgets and investments back. This is especially troublesome territory for the Mad Max series, which doesn’t have the same brand recognition as the films it is competing against. It will be interesting to see where Fury Road ends up by the time 2015 rolls by, but things aren’t looking terribly positive.