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George Miller first had the idea for Mad Max: Fury Road in 1987, just two years after the release of Beyond Thunderdome. It took more than a decade to tighten that idea into a story before shooting finally began in 2001.
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Because so much of Fury Road’s worldbuilding happens wordlessly, it’s easy to overlook if you’re not paying attention. Everything from Max’s forced tattoo to the movie’s iconic vehicles paints a picture of this world’s priorities.