It was the post-apocalyptic action adventure film that scooped up numerous Oscars and was praised by the critics.
But after failing to secure a release in China, film makers there have produced their own Mad Max-style film titled ‘Mad Sheila’.
The new movie’s poster appears to be a rip off of the original Mad Max: Fury Road starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron.
The poster for the new Chinese film ‘Mad Sheila’ (left) appears to be very similar to the poster advertising Hollywood film ‘Mad Max’ (right)
The film’s trailer also shows how scenes clearly resemble the Hollywood version, featuring desert wastelands and high speed car chases set to loud rock music.
But with the Chinese version appearing to have a much smaller budget, it cannot boast the same special effects as the original.
Beijing-based New Film Media, the studio behind the film, will release the movie today via an online streaming service.
The film’s trailer also shows how scenes clearly resemble the Hollywood version, featuring desert wastelands and high speed car chases set to loud rock music
But with the Chinese version appearing to have a much smaller budget, it cannot boast the same special effects as the original
And according to CNN, Mad Sheila director Lu Lei wrote on Chinese social media site Weibo: ‘Mad Max is the biggest winner at this year’s Oscars. Our Mad Sheila salutes!’
New Film Media are yet to comment on the nature of the Mad Sheila film.
Earlier this year, Walt Disney took three Chinese film companies to court over concerns the film ‘The Autobots’ was a rip-off of hit movie ‘Cars’.
‘The Autobots’ drew ire in China when it was released last year, with some pointing out similarities with Disney’s 2006 film ‘Cars’ starring Owen Wilson and its sequel in 2011.
The original film, pictured, starred Tom Hardy and scooped numerous Oscars and was praised by critics
Charlize Theron starring in Mad Max: Fury Road. The movie was never generally released in China
It comes as the Chinese billionaire who bought the AMC theater chain and Legendary Pictures – home of The Dark Knight and Jurassic World – is now looking to get his fingers into Hollywood’s biggest studios.
Over the past 28 years Wang Jianlin, 62, has transformed a debt-ridden Chinese real-estate company into the 44.7billion-revenue conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group, which has been hungrily snapping up US businesses.
And now Wang has turned his eyes on Hollywood, with an ambitious plan to work his way into all six major studios.