Fury Road director sues Warner — Mad Max

Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller sues Warner Bros.

According to Screen Rant, Miller has filed court documents asserting that it was Warner Bros. fault that the film went over budget, not his, and therefore he shouldn't be penalized by having his bonus withheld.

"Fury Road" seemed to be one of the biggest successes of 2016, the film is now causing problems for its distributor Warner Bros., with the company being taken through legal proceedings by the film's director, George Miller.

Additionally, Miller is also claiming that Warner Bros breached a provision of the contract that provided that if a co-financier was sought, Miller's company would have first opportunity to provide financing on terms comparable to similar financing deals.

"Justice David Hammerschlag said the agreement to make Fury Road included a condition that Kennedy Miller Mitchell would receive a $US7 million bonus if "the final net cost" of the movie was not more than $US157 million, after certain costs were excluded from calculations". A production total of $150 million was given to Miller's production company Kennedy Miller Mitchell, with a bonus offered if they managed to stay under that number.

Essentially, Warner Bros' calculations bring the movie over budget... resulting in no payment.

"If those costs are left out of account [Kennedy Miller Mitchell] says that Mad Max came in under budget". Miller himself has stoked that speculation on more than one occasion, revealing that he's got enough material for two sequels, the proposed title for one of them (Mad Max: The Wasteland), and even offering up information on who would and wouldn't be returning. Miller rejects this proposition, blaming a series of decisions which he alleges caused substantial changes and delays to the film.

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It looks like the Mad Max: Fury Road director is furious at Warner Bros.

A statement from Miller and Mitchell read that "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".

Mad Max: Fury Road, starring Charlize Theron, Tom Hardy, and Nicholas Hoult, won six Academy Awards at the 2015 ceremony, and it backed up its critical acclaim with a huge box office haul. He has a long history with the studio dating back to 1981 when they distributed The Road Warrior, a.k.a. Mad Max 2.

The production company also allege that Warner Bros. first said they'd approach them before confirming any additional budgetary needs; something they said never happened.

For now, we'll have to wait and see.

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