For Mad Max: Fury Road Bonus

For Mad Max: Fury Road Bonus

Reportedly, the veteran Australian filmmaker, who created the Mad Max franchise in 1979 with Mel Gibson in the lead role, claims the studio was contracted to pay his company, Kennedy Miller Mitchell, a United States dollars 7 million bonus if the sequel came in at a final cost of less than USD 157 million.

In simple terms, Miller says it's Warner Bros. fault that more money was spent than expected, and he couldn't have done anything to help that. "Simply put, we are owed substantial earnings for diligent and painstaking work which spanned over 10 years in development of the script and preparation and three years in production of the movie. We would much prefer to be making movies with Warner Bros than litigating with them but, after trying for over a year, we were unable to reach a satisfactory resolution and have now had to resort to a law suit to sort things out". The long-anticipated sequel famously went through several delays before even starting production, ultimately becoming a global all-around success with near-universal critical acclaim, $378 million worldwide, and six Academy awards.

Fans have been clamoring for a sequel to 2015's Mad Max: Fury Road from director George Miller, who kicked off the franchise way back in 1979, for a couple years now.

Miller's loan-out company alleges that its deal for the film provided a $7 million bonus if the final net cost of Mad Max: Fury Road didn't surpass $157 million. The deal also reportedly said that, should the movie need additional financing, Warner Bros. would approach Kennedy Miller Mitchell first before seeking another company. Let's hope that however things turn out, Miller and Warner Bros. are able to work together again amicably. In a statement, Warner Bros said, "We disagree and will vigorously defend against these claims". The studio insists that the agreement stated Miller and company would only get their bonus if the film came in under budget. However, on Thursday, Justice David Hammerschlag of the New South Wales Supreme Court ruled against the studio, finding that the dispute is not explicitly subject to arbitration.

Charlize Theron in 'Mad Max: Fury Road.' Warner Bros. Kennedy Miller Mitchell has to prove that WB directly caused enough added production costs to bring Mad Max: Fury Road over budget, which could be a challenge.

But despite its solid box office total, Fury Road still cost about $200 million between production, marketing, and distribution.

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