On 3.7 I echoed Todd McCarthy’s prediction that George Miller‘s Mad Max: Fury Road (Warner Bros., 5.15) would open the 2015 Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday, 5.13. (I had heard Max was locked a few days earlier.) Now Deadline‘s Nancy Tartaglione is reporting it won’t be the opener but will screen out-of-competition on Thursday, 5.14.
Okay, fine…no big deal. Mad Max: Fury Road will almost certainly have been semi-liberally screened in New York, L.A. and Paris before that date, and most of the seen-it-alls and know-it-alls will have their reviews filed a few days earlier. (A friend knows an L.A. guy who’s already seen it.) I’ll be in Paris for four days and nights (5.8 thru 5.11) before Cannes, and it’s possible, I suppose, that, like they did with Godzilla and Edge of Tomorrow/Live Die Repeat last year, a big Parisian sneak will happen at the Rex or the Pathe Wepler in Place Clichy the weekend before (i.e., 5.8 or 5.9).
Over the last 36 years, or since the original Mad Max in 1979, I’ve somehow overlooked the fact that Max’s last name is Rockatansky. I was just thinking of that Road Warrior scene in which that court-jester guy introduces Lord Humungus as the “Ayotallah Rock and Rolla,” and how Mel Gibson could have shouted from behind the barrier, “Hey, man…you’re the bad guy and I’m the hardbitten lone-wolf good guy, but my last name is Rockastansky!”