Mad Max: Fury Road was a surprisingly feminist movie in a genre where women often fall to the wayside. Garnering 10 Oscar nominations and 6 wins, the film will surely be remembered as director George Miller's masterpiece. Now, Chinese movie makers are cashing in on the post-apocalyptic road warrior trend with a new series of films titled Mad Sheila. While Chinese rip-off cinema generally has a reputation for being cheap and lackadaisical, Mad Sheila actually looks ... kind of good?
Hey, what's not to like about a strong female lead and Marilyn Manson-era Gaultier-esque costuming?
It doesn't look likely that Mad Sheila will be getting an American theatrical release. According to The Telegraph: "Mad Shelia is in fact the first in a series of films, two of which have already been shot: Mad Shelia: Virgin Road, currently streaming on Chinese VOD service TenCent Video, will be followed by Mad Shelia: Revenge of the Road in 2017."
Here's how they described the plot of the series: "Both follow the renegade adventures of Xi Liya, a bounty hunter who wanders the desert disguised as a man. When she encounters a coterie of virgins about to be sold to steampunk-looking warlords, she must fight to rescue them."
Over here in the USA, Furiosa fans might be kept waiting for the next entry in the franchise. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Miller had this to say about the future of the Mad Max films: "[I’m] certainly having conversations about it. But I’m not sure if it’s the very next movie I want to do. I’ve got something a bit smaller before we go back out into the wasteland — something that’s contemporary that we can get through fairly quickly. And something with not too much technical difficulty. Something more performance-based and so on, just to clear the exhaust."
h/t: World of Wonder
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