I think it's safe to say that right now, you're probably waiting for a certain movie to come out like a ravenous wolf that only gets fed by Hollywood Reporter articles. Maybe that movie is Deadpool 2, or maybe it's Solo: A Star Wars Story, or maybe you're like me and you're fist-pumping to the Christopher Robin trailer. Regardless, it's a nice feeling, being excited for stuff. And that's why it always sucks to hear that a movie that you're looking forward to might somehow be in trouble. Or, in the case of these five movies, big, big trouble.
A Lawsuit Is Holding Up Another Mad Max Movie ... Maybe Forever
People love to talk about how nonstop action is a bad thing when it comes to making "good" movies, as if punching and sick car races are a lesser form of art than a film in which people just sort of frown at each other for two hours. But director George Miller, whom you might remember from Happy Feet 2 and also some Road Warrior thing, proved all of those people wrong with Mad Max: Fury Road, a montage of monster truck collisions that was so meticulous and engaging that it won six Oscars.
Miller has talked about having enough script material for two more Mad Max movies (including a Furiosa spinoff), and while this doesn't match my goal of seeing a new Mad Max every week until the Earth implodes, I'll take what I can get. But those scripts may never see the light of day, because apparently Warner Bros. refuses to pay Miller his bonuses.
According to a lawsuit delivered by Miller's production company, Warner Bros. has been refusing a $9 million bonus that Miller was supposed to receive when he brought in Fury Road under budget. The cost of Fury Road was in the hundreds of millions of dollars, so your initial reaction might be, "Well, nine million sounds like a drop in the bucket." And I felt that way too, until I remembered that, holy shit, nine million dollars. Also, most of you work for an employer that would have you taken outside and beaten if you demanded $9, let alone $9 million.