So, George Miller shocked everyone by going right out of cool cute films like Happy Feet and Babe: Pig In the City, to dive straight into the craziness that is Fury Road. As both Happy Feet and Babe are pretty well regarded, we can be confident that he can direct cute animal movies just as well as he can direct gory awesome road trip movies.
So, I would argue that the next logical step it to take both cute animal movies and gory awesome road trip movies, and combine them.
People, I give you, George Miller’s
Or, why George Miller must absolutely conclusively without a doubt direct a remake of Watership Down.
Now, if you’ve read Watership Down, you’ll have noticed the rabbits refer to an illness known as the ‘White Blindness’, a deadly and hideous disease that kills almost all rabbits who have it- a sort of rabbit ebola, in other words.
Now I was curious, and did a little research on this, and found that the White Blindness is in fact a real disease unique to rabbits (and yes, it is as horrible as described. Here’s the wikipedia page for those with strong stomachs). It’s known to us as myxomatosis, and was originally exported from it’s native Uruguay to Australia and later to Europe, as a means of controlling the native rabbit populations.
Boy, did it ever.
Myxomatosis annihilated the rabbit population of the UK. According to wiki, by 1955, 95% of the rabbit population was dead.
This means that the rabbits in Watership Down are not simply rabbits as we see them nowadays. They had survived an impossible, nightmarish plague that had killed almost all the rabbits in the UK.
And this was still in living memory. The Chief Rabbit in the Sandleford Warren is described as having ‘stood firm, during the terrible onslaught of the myxomatosis.’
Sandleford might have been the only warren out of thousands nearby that had survived.
Hazel, Fiver and the others might have known and met rabbits from other warrens who had then been destroyed by the White Blindness. If they hadn’t, their parents would have.
The world they move through is not a natural rabbit world. It is the rabbit world stripped of 95% of it’s population, inhabited by only lone, desperately warrens scrounging out a living in the ruins of what had been.
Watership Down is not simply a bloody, violent roadtrip book. It is a bloody, violent, post apocalyptic roadtrip book.
Can we get a film now please Miller?