George Miller's announced Mad Max 4: Fury Road's been officially green-lit. The rumored cast includes Charlize Theron and Terminator: Salvation's Sam Worthington. Regardless of plot, casting and expected awesome vehicles, we're nervous about the necessity of this movie.

The Mad Max series exists in the rarefied air of stories wherein the sequels added to the brilliance of the mythos rather than subjected moviegoers to gut-churning train wrecks of unintelligible post-apocalyptic dystopian futurescapes which could be blasted apart by armchair screenwriters (we're looking at you Terminator). Since Hollywood has officially run out of original ideas, and the last possible pennies haven't been squeezed from the Mad Max franchise, producer George Miller has formally announced production plans for Mad Mad 4: Fury Road. The latest installment of the post-apocalyptic series is so-far pegged for a 2011 release and Charlize Therone and Sam Worthington are prime suspects for the lead roles, but it's far enough out that those two picks could mean nothing. The current budget is said to be in the neighborhood of $100 million, but with no production house backing the film yet, that might change.

Most important about the news is to know is that Miller is planning to take as long as a year to build the badass vehicles, sets and crazy gizmos (or should we say gyros) which will serve as the films backdrop. [First Showing]