Dammit, I thought we were done with this?! I had heard rumors about a possible fourth installment in the Mad Max franchise, but I didn’t believe the hype.  According to MTV, I can breathe a sigh of relief because even though it looks like the film will happen, it wont be in the capacity that we think. In an exclusive interview with Mad Max director George Miller, he revealed that the next film will be a 3-D anime!

Mad Max as an anime? Can it happen? Most importantly, where does Mel Gibson fit in all of this? According to the director, Gibson wont be the center of attention in this one. With this animated feature, Miller has decided not to use his voice for the lead. He simply stated, “We’ll probably go a different route.” Ouch.

The film will be rated R and will incorporate the same elements that were present in the other three movies.

I see myself as someone who is very curious about storytelling and all its various media,” Miller said. “I’ve always loved anime, in particular the Japanese sensibility. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do.”  “The anime is an opportunity for me to shift a little bit about what anime is doing because anime is ripe for an adjustment or sea change,” he explained. “It’s coming in games and I believe it’s the same in anime. There’s going to be a hybrid anime where it shifts more towards Western sensibilities. [Japanese filmmaker Akira] Kurosawa was able to bridge that gap between the Japanese sensibilities and the West and make those definitive films.”

He’s working an interesting angle here, but I’m still on the fence. It’s hard enough making one or two sequels decent but a third? We saw what happened to Superman IV. Not only is Miller not going to have the one person who is synonymous with the main character, but he’s also changing the format of the film. Brave man.

What do you think of the move from live action to animation? Do you think he can pull this off?