Next Friday director Ridley Scott’s epically scaled science fiction adventure-horror “Prometheus” opens in AMC theaters. We’re here in London for the world premiere of the film where we’ve had the opportunity to speak with Scott and several members of this power-house cast about the creation.
In the course of our time here, we also had the opportunity to get some updates on Charlize Theron’s highly anticipated reimaging of “Mad Max” which has been in the development process over the last several years due to floods in Australia (which made the location unsuitable to shoot in) and scheduling conflicts with her co-star Tom Hardy (who is set to take on the titular character).
“I leave in like two and a half weeks and we start shooting I think around mid-July in Namibia,” Theron said. “I’m f**king dying, too, it’s been three years. It’s time to skin this cat already, so yeah, I’m very excited about it.”
Theron feels that now is the time to revisit this world as it has an inherent appeal that is rich with inherently appealing characters and imagery.
"I think that just like this ('Prometheus') that it's an interesting world. I feel that I have a real interest in this world, and I think people will have an interest in this world because 'Alien' kinda set that up for us. I feel like the original 'Mad Max' created such a vivid world, that to go back and re-imagine it and kind of replay in that sandbox sounds like fun to me. George (Miller, the director of the film) really created a female character that I’ve never read anything like. I mean, I’m scared sh**less.”
She was originally hesitant about taking on the role of “the lady” in the world of “Mad Max,” and then she read the script and found that there was plenty of meat for her to chew on.
“It’s a really challenging piece of material. I think for me originally when they were like, 'Oh, ‘Mad Max.’' I was like, 'Uh, I’m not going to play the fucking girl for ‘Mad Max.’' Then I read it and I was like, 'Oh, ‘Mad Max.’ I feel sorry for you.' (Laughs) That rarely happens. It’s just really, it’s two great characters. It’s not the original 'Mad Max.' It’s the revamped 'Mad Max.' It’s Tom Hardy, who’s incredible. So, the whole thing is just exciting, very, very exciting.”
Theron has found that we are at a fascinating point in cinema history where the distance between the art house labor of love project and the big blockbuster release is getting closer and that it is often possible to merge the two.
“Honestly, the only difference for me with this stuff is that there is more people on the set. You know, the narrative for me is always the most important thing. I feel like 15 years ago you could compartmentalize these things. You could be like, 'Well, that’s your little indie movie, and this is your big film.' I feel like now, that with movies like 'District 9,' I think studios have learned that you can merge the two. A good narrative and a big blockbuster is a good movie, so why separate the two? So, those are the kind of movies that I’m looking for. I don’t want to separate like my good work from my big studio movies anymore. I just want to be a part of some good storytelling.”
We will keep you updated as details on “Mad Max” emerge.
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