In today’s disheartening news, it seems George Miller is done with Mad Max.
Despite the success of Mad Max: Fury Road, and what seems like an inevitable Best Director nomination to accompany a handful more nods for the film, Miller spoke to Page Six recently and said himself he wasn’t interested in returning to the Aussie Wasteland:
“I’ve shot in Australia in a field of wild flowers and flat red earth when it rained heavily forever. We had to wait 18 months and every return to the US was 27 hours. Those ‘Mad Maxes’ take forever. I won’t do those anymore.”
This is definitely not the best news for fans of Fury Road. Some news had popped about that he was working on a screenplay for the next film, Wasteland. But he has always contended the next entry would be miles down the road while he worked on something different. One can understand not wanting to return to such a troublesome and painstaking shoot like Fury Road turned out to be, but hopefully George Miller will be involved in some for or another.
Perhaps Miller can write the screenplay, executive produce, creatively consult… SOMETHING! He has said he’d be willing to pass the franchise to another filmmaker if it meant the sequel would get moving faster than he’s willing to move it. That might not be the worst idea, as long as Miller hand picks his successor.