Well, not quite. In a way, it all started with a conversation. I don’t have the chat log any more, but I was talking to a friend about Fury Road, the Mad Max reboot. Or is it a sequel? Either way, it’s a new Mad Max film, starring Tom Hardy as Max Rockatansky. Not gonna lie to you folks, I’m really excited. I fucking love me some Mad Max.
But anyway, a friend and I were chatting away about Fury Road and, out of the blue, I said something along the lines of “Hey, can you imagine how much the internet would flip out if they cast a woman as Max?” There was some silence for a few seconds before I got a “What do you mean?”
“You know, like if they went for a full reboot, and she was Maxine Rockatansky. They could cast that badass Australian woman from Death Proof (Zoe Bell). Think about it man, a badass chick driving a muscle car across post-apocalypse Australia fucking dudes up? Sounds good to me.”
“Yeah,” he said. “Yeah, it does.”
And that was it. I imagine we went on to make a few “Who run Bartertown?” references and probably went on to talk about video games or comics. The idea stuck with me though, at least in my subconscious. Though I never seriously considered writing a literal female Mad Max, I have to imagine it was an eventual part of the melting pot of ideas that went into the novel I’m currently editing, Post-Apocalipstick.
In fact, there’s a reference to the first film in there. I didn’t realise it at the time of writing, but one of the characters effusively describes herself as “a crash queen behind the wheel of a fuel injected suicide machine”, the latter part of that quote being part of Night Rider’s frenzied monologue near the start of the first film. My first instinct was to remove it, but I like it where it is. It’s a nice nod to the project’s genesis, all that time ago.
Short and sweet this time, but I’ll have a post about how the editing process is going soon. Likely titled Sea of Red.