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To the 'Max'

Which mothballed movie franchise is ripe for revival? Check out today's Ask the Critic question, then post your own

ON THE 'ROAD' AGAIN? A reinvigorated Mad Max (played by Mel Gibson in three films) would feel right at home in 2007, Gleiberman says
ON THE 'ROAD' AGAIN? A reinvigorated Mad Max (played by Mel Gibson in three films) would feel right at home in 2007, Gleiberman says

Which mothballed movie franchise is ripe for revival?

Since the Bond, Batman, and Superman films were all rebooted, what other franchise could use a fresh take? —David

How about those hell-for-leather death trips, the Mad Max films? Come on: You know you crave it. Mad Max (1979) and The Road Warrior (1982) are arguably the greatest modern action films, but Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) only blanded out the series by ''humanizing'' it. (Maybe the director, George ''Happy Feet'' Miller, was already dreaming of talking animals.) A relaunch, however, has been discussed, and here's why the time is right for it: With their hurtling road-rage bravura, the Mad Max films were cruel, nihilistic, and very punk — jackknife visions of a high-velocity future in which speed had replaced God as the ruling force. Given how much darker the world is today, it's easy to imagine a new Max saga set in, say, Iraq or Afghanistan, with an even more hard-shelled, nothing-to-lose Max — Colin Farrell? DMX? Vincent Gallo? — zooming through the post-war-on-terror wasteland.

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Originally posted Nov 24, 2006 Published in issue #909 Dec 01, 2006 Order article reprints
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