One of the most iconic things about Mad Max is the dystopian, post-apocalyptic setting. ButÂ the film was originally supposed to be set in the modern day. SoÂ 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 settingÂ but ran into one of the oldest roadblocks in Hollywood: money. SoÂ 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.
Hereâs an excerpt from the interview, where he breaks it all down:
âInteresting 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 couldnât populate streets without the cars and lots of extras. It was just prohibitively expensive. So we said weâd go to back streets, and buildings that were already run down and decrepit. And to explain that away, I decided to put âA few years from nowâ â¦ It was basically a budget thing. That sort of pushed it into the dystopian, post-apocalyptic world.â
Check out a video of the interview below and let us know what you think.Â