Writer / director George Miller (Happy Feet 2) claims that he'll be starting production on the long awaited the Mad Max sequels this January. He's planning to shoot not one, but two back-to-back movies which have been titled, Mad Max: Fury Road and Mad Max: Furiosa. Today, Australia's Daily Telegraph got an update from Miller himself.

"We've built the vehicles. We've designed the movie. The principal cast is locked in. The film is funded. It has been for 18 months now. It's all ready to go. We just wait."

The delay in production is due to the unpredictable rain has temporarily ruined the desert environment of the Australian outback.

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"The week we were to start, it rained the heaviest it had in 10 years. I'll never forget the first day -- we were holed up in a big sort of shed watching the rain. We couldn't shoot. If you want the rain to come, just send a film crew there."

"We will restart pre-production later this year and begin early next year -- weather permitting."

Tom Hardy (who recently joined The Dark Knight Rises as Bane) is taking over the role of Mad Max himself, which was previously made famous by Mel Gibson and will be starring alongside Charlize Theron, who will apparently be /charlize-theron-character-details-from-mad-max-fury-road/missing and arm.

Read more: Mad Max: Fury Road Eyeing January 2012 Start - ComingSoon.net http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=74926#ixzz1FcOBUeCv

Brian B.