– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Did you like Mad Max: Fury Road? If you did, you may want to get used to watching the film on repeat, because that may very well be the last one we get, at least for a while. The future of the franchise is reportedly in jeopardy because of a court battle between director George Miller’s production company, Kennedy Miller Mitchell, and Warner Bros.

The former is suing the latter for declared unpaid earnings. Miller and co. claim that he delivered the film under budget, and therefore should be paid an agreed $9 million bonus. While one would think that the cost of a movie would actually be something they can agree on, that apparently isn’t the case. As it stands, the movie was reportedly agreed to be made for $157 million. Miller claims that the film was made for $154.6 million, but the studio claims it cost $185.1 million.

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So how is there this discrepancy? Reshoots. Kennedy Miller Mitchell says that Warner Bros. approved the $31 million in reshoot funds, and that this cost would not be included in the net cost of the film. Warner Bros. says that they agreed to some additional filming, and that the production company made changes without studio approval that ultimately delayed production and raised costs. Kennedy Miller Mitchell claims the studio made decisions that led to “substantial changes and delays,” which led to cutting scenes and forcing reshoots.

There is also some contention over Ratpac-Dune Entertainment’s involvement. Apparently they were brought on to co-finance the film, despite Warner Bros. contractually being required to offer Kennedy Miller Mitchell to do so themselves.

But that’s not all. Warner Bros. says that Kennedy Miller Mitchell agreed to deliver a 100-minute long PG-13 rated film, but ultimately delivered a 120-minute, R-rated film.

So yeah, despite the critical acclaim, it sounds like this is a case that will be locked in courts for some time. So get ready to love your current copy of Mad Max: Fury Road for a good while.

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SOURCE: Sydney Morning Herald

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.