It's an open secret that Mad Max: Fury Road spent years in development hell. Although the first Mad Max movie was made in 1979, writer, director, and producer George Miller was unable to get back the rights to the Mad Max film franchise from Warner Bros. until 1997.
In 2001, Mel Gibson signed on to reprise his role as Mad Max for an estimated $25 million, and with the main star on board, the movie was given the greenlight…until tragedy struck. Shooting was about to start in Australia when the September 11 attacks occurred. It signaled the end of that incarnation of Mad Max. "The American dollar collapsed against the Australian dollar, the budget ballooned, and it fell apart," Miller said.
The long delay that followed led to Mel Gibson dropping out of the film. Miller subsequently cast Heath Ledger, but fate again intervened: while setting up to film in 2003, their shooting location in the arid Australian Outback was drowned out by rain – the first rainfall in the area for 15 years. Similarly, the Iraq war prevented shooting at a location in Namibia. Miller and his team began scouting locations a year later. Shooting for Mad Max: Fury Road finally began in June 2012 and lasted nearly four months. This one, at least, was worth the wait.