Last summer’s blockbuster hit Mad Max: Fury Road is allegedly to start filming a sequel movie at Grand Valley State University. Mad Max, known for it’s post-apocalyptic, wasteland look, has had four movies directed by Dr. George Miller who has longed to shoot a movie at GVSU.
“Dr. Miller says he visited Grand Valley once in the 1970s and fell in love with how desolate the campus can look,” the film’s spokesperson Jill Hannerly said. “Supposedly he wanted to shoot one of the original trilogies in the ’80s at GVSU, but opted instead for his homeland of Australia’s outback to cut costs.”
For those unfamiliar with the recent installment of Dr. Miller’s series, Fury Road is about a woman rebelling against a tyrannical ruler in post-apocalyptic Australia with the help of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshipper, and a drifter named Max. Apparently long ago the director saw Grand Valley like it is currently with dead grass and ominous cloudy skies and thought it would fit perfectly into his franchise.
“Everyone is so excited to work on this project,” Hannerly said. “When Dr. Miller visited the campus again this past month, smelled the manure in the air and saw the look of desperation on these student’s faces, he knew he had made the right decision.”
Some critics of Mad Max: Fury Road said that it was just one long car chase disguised as a movie. Whether or not that is true, Grand Valley’s lovely traffic and parking problems is another aspect of the campus that convinced the studio, Warner Bros. to agree to film here.
“We saw how congested that main road, Campus Drive, can get especially when there are buses involved,” Hannerly said. “Dr. Miller turned to me and said, ‘this is perfect, just like I remembered.’ He was really inspired by the way this campus doesn’t function well, much like the society under the rule of dictator Immortan Joe in Fury Road.”
Thankfully, the director isn’t the only one inspired by GVSU. The main actors, Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, accepted their offers to return for the sequel (working title currently Mad Max: The Grand Trials) once they visited Allendale themselves.
“When I play a character like Max, I dig deep into the part of me that is full of regret, sorrow, and strife,” Tom Hardy said. “After seeing Grand Valley for myself, I can say without any doubt that going to that dark place won’t be as hard as it was in the last film”
With both cast and crew on board, Mad Max: The Grand Trials is scheduled to start filming in early May and will be hosting auditions for studio extras.