The Mad Max series has been slow to get the ball rolling on a sequel to the fantastic 2015 Mad Fax Fury Road. So, why not make one of our own? That looks to be the logic behind Future World. It’s a post-apocalyptic action thriller that looks to do more than just “borrow” themes and aesthetics from the Mad Max series.
If you took the Future World title off of the movie, 9 out of 10 folks would likely guess it’s from the same film franchise. The movie is being directed by James Franco from a script written by Bruce Thierry Chung and Jay Davis.
There are quite a few big names attached to star. They include Milla Jovovich, Lucy Liu, Method Man, Snoop Dogg and James Franco too. Although the lesser known Jeffrey Wahlberg and Suki Waterhouse appear to be the core of the story. Here’s the plot summary courtesy of Lionsgate:
“In a post-apocalyptic world, where water and gasoline have long since dried-up, a prince from the oasis (one of the last known safe-havens) must venture out to find medicine for the ailing queen (Lucy Liu), but along the way he gets mixed up with the warlord (James Franco) and his robot Ash (Suki Waterhouse), which leads to a daring journey through the desolate wastelands.”
Franco’s Warlord looks to be the primary antagonist within the film. He appears infatuated with Waterhouse’s Ash. She’s an android that appears to have diverted from her core programming and is now intent on helping Prince find the cure that he so desperately needs for his ailing mother.
Ash looks to turn into the heroine of the film if the trailer is to be believed. With Franco’s Warlord stalking her every step of the way.
The trailer looks a bit bland. It’s really nothing we haven’t seen done before – and perhaps better. Lionsgate also doesn’t seem too confident in their project. Future World is releasing in just about a month, and outside of this trailer there’s been little promotional push.
It’s also noteworthy that Future World will be released in theaters, On Demand and iTunes simultaneously. The movie launches worldwide on May 25th.