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Unseen ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Storyboards Were More Extreme

You may have seen Peter Pound’s wicked concept art for Mad Max: Fury Road floating around the web before. But recently, artist Brendan McCarthy (2000 AD, ReBoot) began tweeting previously unseen storyboards and unused concepts for the film. And, wouldn’t you know it — some of the concepts are even stranger than the film itself! Check them out below.

Original Storyboards

There’s a misconception that Mad Max: Fury Road never had a proper screenplay. It eventually did, but the original document that director George Miller used to pitch the film in 1997 was much more visual.

Fury Road Pitch Document
Here’s the cover to the 1997 “pitch document” for Fury Road.
The storyboards for Imperator Furiosa's introduction.
The storyboards for Imperator Furiosa‘s introduction.
Original storyboards for the drumming sequence.
Original storyboards for the drumming sequence. Nux had a very different look back then!
Storyboards for the vehicle-lowering scene.
Storyboards for the vehicle lowering scene.

Vehicular Mayhem

The film’s cars are works of spiky, high-octane art. Here are some designs you’ll recognize, and some you won’t.

The concept art of the buzzard attack war rig scene translated perfectly into the film
This Buzzard attack scene translated perfectly into the film.
These alternate designs for Immortan Joe's armada and The Citadel are incredible.
These alternate designs for Immortan Joe‘s armada and The Citadel are incredible.
Another previously unseen vehicle design.
Another previously unseen vehicle design.
Something completely new: a solar-powered diesel train with truck wheels with a jet tail fin!
Something completely new: a solar-powered diesel locomotive with truck wheels and jet tail fin!

Character Designs

Here is where Fury Road diverged the most from its original concept — these designs are quite different from anything we’ve ever seen in a Mad Max film.

Immortan Joe's War Boys were originally called "Neckro Boyz".
Immortan Joe’s War Boys were originally called “Neckro Boyz”.
The tattoo in the center of this Neckro Boy's forehead mimics a bullet hole.
The tattoo in the center of this Neckro Boy’s forehead mimics a bullet hole.
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More extreme designs for Neckro Boyz.
These characters, the Munkeez, were discarded sometime before production.
These characters, the Munkeez, were discarded sometime before production.
Covered in mirrors and scrap metal, Jackhammer is another great concept that never made it into the movie.
Covered in mirrors and scrap metal, Jackhammer is another great concept that never made it into the movie.

As beautiful and mind-blowing as these concepts are, I think they would’ve been a bit too extreme for Fury Road. As it is, the film teeters excitingly on the edge of complete visual overload. The relative simplicity of Immortan Joe’s powder-skinned War Boys is easier to look at and understand, especially when they’re jumping off racing vehicles. Even so, the Neckro Boy designs are so amazing that it’d be a shame to never see them on screen. But that’s what another Mad Max movie is for.

Check out the trailer for the ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ home video release in gritty black-and-white. 

‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Black-and-White Version Coming to Home Video


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Travis Newton

Travis Newton is a Fan Contributor at Fandom. He’s written about movies and TV for CHUD.com since 2012, and co-hosts an entertainment podcast with fellow Fan Contributor Drew Dietsch. He’s partial to horror movies, action games, and Irish Breakfast tea.

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