Garnering critical acclaim and taking in $378 million worldwide in the box office, "Fury Road" cost around $200 million when all of its expenditure is put together. And yet, it's been two years since Fury Road landed in theaters, and we don't seem to be any closer to either sequel being a reality.
Australia's news outlet the Sydney Morning Herald was the first publication to break the story, with the report claiming Kenny Miller Mitchell brought the case to the Supreme Court of New South Wales this past September. Miller is the one who helped turn Fury Road into one of the most memorable films of the 21st century. Miller's company, however, has responded that the budgetary issues were the result of decisions made by the studio, which led to delays and escalating costs, and were not the fault of Miller and his team. The dispute is being litigated in the Supreme Court of New South Wales where Kennedy Miller Mitchell is based, rather than the United States, and revolves around whether it was the studio or Miller's fault for budget overruns. The film originally started filming in 2012, but just about everything that could go wrong did go wrong, including freak weather conditions that resulted in the production having to change continents from Australia to Namibia to finish shooting.
Miller's move will test an Australian consumer law under which the studio's allegedly deceptive moves in making a deal without telling Miller how added costs would factor into budget calculations.
For its part, the studio contends that Miller and his team were only guaranteed a bonus if the film came in under budget, with WB claiming that the movie went over budget and over schedule. Instead though, WB signed a co-financing deal with RatPac Entertainment (which ironically WB has cut ties to this week on the Wonder Woman sequel after serious allegations of sexual assault were made against RatPac boss, director Brett Ratner). In a statement, Miller and Mitchell said that they "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". In other words, this one could get dragged out even further, causing even more bad blood.
Warner Bros. disagrees with Kennedy Miller Marshall's position and plans to defend itself from their claims in court, but let's be real: you don't care about the he-said/she-said of all this.
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