With news of Shane Black and Fred Dekker rebooting/remaking Predator, a Transformers sequel/reboot coming this weekend, and every other old property being retooled and refashioned, it’s enough to make a person sick. Granted, some of these projects are interesting (Black was in the original Predator, which takes away a large chunk of it’s blasphemy), but one that’s been especially intriguing is George Miller‘s continuation of everyone’s favorite Aussie road warrior, “Mad” Max Rockatansky.
Entertainment Weekly debuted its latest cover today, giving the world its best view of Tom Hardy‘s Max and Imperator Furiosa, played by Charlize Theron. Before, this was the best look at the new Max available:
This Mad Max film has been in some form of production for the better part of a decade. Originally, Mel Gibson was going to reprise the role that made him famous, and pal Robert Downey, Jr. would be the villain, but tensions in the Middle East scrapped production.
Sure, Fury Road may be piling on to the trend of remaking/rebooting popular films from the ’80s, but there’s one exception that makes this latest Mad Max film compelling: It isn’t a remake. Or a reboot. No, this is an entirely new sequel set between the original Mad Max and The Road Warrior, one of the most visceral and exciting action films ever made. According to director Miller, it’s a 110 minute chase with practical effects and little dialogue—just the way a Mad Max film should be.
Mad Max: Fury Road hits theaters in May 2015.