Mad Max: Black & Chrome Is Fury Road The Way George Miller Intended It

One of the most striking things about Mad Max: Fury Road is the insane palette, full of rich, bright primary colors. But director George Miller said if he’d had his way, the movie would have been in black and white. Now you can see what that would look like.


In a Q&A with fellow director Edgar Wright back in May, Miller said:

One thing I’ve noticed is that the default position for everyone is to de-saturate post-apocalyptic movies. There’s only two ways to go, make them black and white — the best version of this movie is black and white, but people reserve that for art movies now. The other version is to really go all-out on the color. The usual teal and orange thing? That’s all the colors we had to work with. The desert’s orange and the sky is teal, and we either could de-saturate it, or crank it up, to differentiate the movie. Plus, it can get really tiring watching this dull, de-saturated color, unless you go all the way out and make it black and white.

At that time, Miller told Slashfilm that he had demanded that the Blu-ray release of Fury Road include a version that’s just black-and-white, with no soundtrack beyond the isolated music score. Alas, the Blu-ray that was just released includes no such version.

So someone went ahead and created a black-and-white, music-only version, which you can see above. It was posted at —posted pseudonymously, under the name “Nux.”

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I watched Fury Road for the first time last night. I thought it was ok but it wasn’t really worth all the hype it had a few months ago.

Personally I preferred the first Mad Max which was clearly just filmed on the back roads of rural Victoria instead of the overblown nonsense of Fury Road.