WINDHOEK: The production of the fourth Mad Max movie being shot by Warner Bros and Village Roadshow in the Namib Desert has reportedly veered off schedule, and is said to be running well over budget.
According to The Hollywood Reporter publication, www.hollywoodreporter.com, Studio Head Jeff Robinov flew to Namibia a few weeks ago to evaluate the film, which is reported to have fallen at least five days behind schedule.
Australian film director George Miller has now dispatched producer Denise di Novi to the set as “the eyes and ears of Warner Bros”, the report stated.
Robinov was quoted as saying that he is optimistic that the production, which has a budget of more than US.dollars 100 million (about N.dollars 800 million) will still finish on schedule in November.
“Mad Max: Fury Road” started shooting in July, and was scheduled to wrap up at the end of November this year.
Meanwhile, concerns were raised that children employed as extras in the movie production at the coast are being exploited financially, and that their schoolwork is suffering as a result of the time spent on set.
Local media reported that about 50 children, between the ages of 16 and 18, were used as extras during the filming.
According to those reports, the children were handpicked by recruitment scouts because they were “tall and skinny, and had a certain look in their face”.
It was further reported that learners from Swakopmund said being extras for the movie was “fun, but not worth it”.
The Namibian Coast Conservation and Management project (NACOMA), which is tasked with paving the way for an Integrated Coastal Zone Management System for Namibia’s coast, also accused the producers of the film of causing significant environmental damage to the dunes.
A letter published on www.madmaxmovies.com/forum/viewtopic and leaked to NACOMA said the film is busy trying to systematically destroy the red zones in the dunes.
The red zones are special landscape areas in the Erongo and Kunene Region that shelter a high diversity of plant and animal species, some of which are endangered. “Mad Max: Fury Road”, starring South African actress Charlize Theron and British actor Tom Hardy, is expected to be released in 2013.