I’m pretty excited about the Post Apocalyptic Summer Block Buster MAD MAX: Fury Road coming out on May 15th. I’m a Post Apocalyptic author, or at least that’s what a lot of people think of me as. I wrote a book in 2011 that a lot of people really dug. It’s Hemingway meets Cormac McCarthy’s The Road (Another post Apocalyptic Classic). After watching the recent trailer for the new MAD MAX movie I looked up some trivia regarding the original recipe version: Mad Max starring Mel Gibson. The Film’s director, George Miller, was actually an ER Doctor and a lot of the traffic injuries he saw became the inspiration for the movie. In fact, the shoot was plagued by broken legs. The original actress, playing Officer Rockitansky’s wife, had to be replaced because of two broken legs. A lot of actual bikers were used in the film. In fact not just bikers, but Biker Gangs. At one point, during a particular stunt, a car actually reached a rocket-assisted speed of 150 mph. And it was headed directly at the camera crew when this happened.
Basically this was a film that nailed its octane filled rage right to the top of the redline somewhere in the wastes of beyond civilization’s nuclear end. The director fully realized a very dark, post apocalyptic future at high speed. I think that’s one of the great parts about writing PA fiction. Taking the world and wrecking it. A bit or a bunch. Getting rid of the known order and replacing it was something crazy, and yes, noble. Turning that fuel refinery into tomorrow’s castle. Disneyland into Thunderdome or, as I did in my book The Old Man and the Wasteland the desert southwest into an “ocean” of salvage where a lone survivor might just find the path to redemption amongst the scorpions, wolf packs and death cults.