Mad Max was supposed to be set in the present, and here's why George Miller changed it

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Dec 1, 2015, 4:47 PM EST (Updated)

One of the most iconic things about Mad Max is the dystopian, post-apocalyptic setting. But the film was originally supposed to be set in the modern day. So why did George Miller make the change?

In a fascinating interview with HitFix, the director opened up about the genesis of the original film and how the concept evolved along the way. Miller conceived the story in a modern-day setting but ran into one of the oldest roadblocks in Hollywood: money. So he decided to give it that dystopian vibe as a way to cut costs and use less desirable areas for the film shoot. From that germ of an idea, the world of Mad Max was born.

Here’s an excerpt from the interview, where he breaks it all down:

“Interesting thing about he first movie was, initially, I wrote it to be set in the modern-day. It was going to be a contemporary film shot in Melobourne. I realized the budget was so low, we couldn't afford to go into normal streets with normal buildings. We couldn’t populate streets without the cars and lots of extras. It was just prohibitively expensive. So we said we’d go to back streets, and buildings that were already run down and decrepit. And to explain that away, I decided to put ‘A few years from now’ … It was basically a budget thing. That sort of pushed it into the dystopian, post-apocalyptic world.”

Check out a video of the interview below and let us know what you think. 


(Via HitFix)

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