George Miller - Floods Turned George Miller's Mad Max Wasteland Into Lush Paradise
Moviemaker George Miller is hoping to revisit his Mad Max: Fury Road project in 2012 after Australian floods turned his desert set into a lush wildlife area.
The director was set to start shooting the apocalyptic action movie with Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron this year (11), but he was forced to change his plans when storms drastically changed the look of the location.
He explains, "We were all geared up to shoot in the Australian desert and then the unprecedented rains came and what was the wasteland with a completely flat red earth is now a flower garden. The big massive salt lakes in the centre of Australia, Lake Eyre, where the Bonneville Salt Flats are is now full of pelicans and fish. So we sort of lost the wasteland.
"Hopefully we'll get to Fury Road next year. We have 150 big vehicles built (for the film), but, to be honest, I'm not even there in my head right now."
Miller used the break to work on the Happy Feet sequel, which hits U.S. cinemas later this month (Nov11).
The Queensland floods, which hit Australia in December (10), forced the evacuation of thousands of people from towns and cities and claimed the lives of 35 people.