Created on an estimated budget north of $150 million, Mad Max: Fury Road kicked off production in 2012, but wasn't released until 2015 due to various delays and reshoots.
Australia's news outlet the Sydney Morning Herald was the first publication to break the story, with the report claiming Kenny Miller Mitchell brought the case to the Supreme Court of New South Wales this past September.
The disagreement lies in the fact that when the film was signed on it was agreed that Kennedy Miller Mitchell would receive a $US7 million bonus if the film's final cost was less than $157 million.
Miller's move will test an Australian consumer law under which the studio's allegedly deceptive moves in making a deal without telling Miller how added costs would factor into budget calculations. Now, Miller is suing Warner Bros. over unpaid earnings. And yet, it's been two years since Fury Road landed in theaters, and we don't seem to be any closer to either sequel being a reality. If the lousy Pacific Rim ($411 million/$190 million) is getting a sequel from the same studio, then surely the Oscar-nominated Fury Road deserves one too?
"On [Warner Bros'] calculations, Mad Max went over budget", Justice David Hammerschlag said. Warners contends Fury Road went over budget in the end, but Kennedy Miller Mitchell says otherwise, claiming that Warner Bros. made a series of decisions that resulted in delays and additional costs, through no fault of Miller and company. The suit also accuses the studio of breaching their agreement when it allowed RatPac Entertainment to take a 12.5% stake in the project, violating an obligation to first offer such terms to Miller and Mitchell. The filmmaker, whose credits include the Babe and Happy Feet films, also is challenging Warners' move to pact with RatPac Entertainment to help finance the movie, which won six Oscars past year. "Simply put, we are owed substantial earnings for diligent and painstaking work which spanned over 10 years in development of the script and preparation and three years in production of the movie". "That hard work resulted in a picture which found wide acclaim globally".
After Mad Max: Fury Road proceeded to melt minds with its wild stunts, stirring story, and badass feminist message, audiences understandably wanted to more. "We disagree and will vigorously defend against these claims", said the studio's official spokesman, MI J. Frog (note: need confirmation on this source).