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