Avalanche Studios, the team behind the Mad Max video game coming next year, has said that the titular character will speak with an Australian accent. Some fans of the classic movie trilogy, which starred Mel Gibson and other Australian actors in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, had been disappointed to hear American accents in the game's first trailer, shown off at E3 last month.
Studio founder Christofer Sundberg took to Twitter to assuage fans' fears, acknowledging the feedback and loyalty displayed.
Attn. fans who want Max to have an Aussie accent in #MadMaxGame : It shall be so. We admire your loyalty. You have been heard.— Christofer Sundberg (@CHSundberg) July 2, 2013
Mad Max was shown with an American overdub during its original US cinema run in 1980. The current DVD release offers both Australian and American vocal performances on separate tracks.
The video game isn't the only upcoming Mad Max work to present a potentially controversial take on the franchise. A new movie, Fury Road, is set for release next year and will star British actor Tom Hardy in the lead role. In a 2010 interview with Collider, Hardy said he didn't know if director George Miller would expect him to assume an Australian accent; given the vocal gymnastics he performed as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, emulating Mel Gibson may prove comparatively simple.