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quietearth [Celluloid 03.14.07] post apocalyptic

According to the West Australian:

Mad Max could be coming back, but don't expect Mel Gibson to reprise his role in the classic Australian movie, says director George Miller.

Miller made his name with the post-apocalyptic vision of Mad Max, made in 1979, and its sequels, Mad Max 2 and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.

Now, fresh from winning an Oscar for his animated feature Happy Feet, Miller is planning a fourth instalment of Mad Max, with its murderous bikie gangs and bandits roaming the Australian outback.

Miller believes the star of the trilogy, Mel Gibson, is now too old and focused on his own films to want to again portray the lead character of "Mad" Max Rockatansky.

Instead, Miller hopes to secure a rising young star for the role.

The fourth Mad Max movie was in development before Miller took on directing Happy Feet, and now he's turning back to the project.

"I have a few projects in the pipeline including an animation ... but I do want to make another Mad Max movie and get stuck back into that," the 62-year-old said in Sydney today.

"It (the lead) won't be Mel. He was 21 when he made the first one, now he's a lot older and his passion is for film making and directing.

"I don't think he is into acting and I don't think he would be interested in being involved at all."

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