Following the success and, more importantly, the geek-fandom mushroom cloud that is the wake of Mad Max: Fury Road, fans have been eagerly awaiting the news of possible sequels from George Miller. It’s been assumed for a while that Miller is going to direct more Mad Max films, though nothing was set in stone.
Now, George Miller seems to be moving forward on the Mad Max sequels, though it may take some time for any of them to his theaters. Hell, Fury Road took a decade, so don’t hold your breath.
Miller spoke with Top Gear about Mad Max sequels, citing the long production of Fury Road as a chance for he and his creative team to flesh out more of the universe and, in the process, develop ideas for at least two sequels:
“We were then rained out of Australia. The desert rained for the first time in 15 years, and we ended up in South West Africa, Namibia. But in this process, we had dug down deep into the backstory, not only of the characters, but of every vehicle. How the steering wheels became religious artefacts and things like that… “So we ended up with two scripts, without really trying. We’re talking to the studio [Warner Bros] about it as we speak, but which one of the two stories will happen next, I’m not so sure.”
However, Miller also said before he heads back into the Mad Max world, he needs to do something a little less frenetic and on a smaller scale. Which makes perfect sense:
“I want to do a small film without special effects before I do any of that, just to do it quickly. We shot Fury Road for eight months… that’s a lot. Every day in the heat and the dust, doing these stunts, it’s very wearing. We’ve got two more planned, but at some point in the future.”
The next Mad Max film will probably be The Wasteland, which Miller had discussed this summer. The sixth film could be based on a novella, but that is down the road. At least we already know Tom Hardy is signed on for two or three more films (thought Charlize Theron has not been confirmed for any), so that should be enough to keep fans foaming at the mouth.
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