Though “Mad Max: Fury Road” did not top the weekend box office in its debut frame, it brought in USD370 million worldwide and became one of the best blockbuster films this summer. Critics and fans alike even called it “the best action movie of all time”.
Not one to shy away from sequels, director George Miller confirmed to Top Gear that he has already written the scripts for 2 more “Mad Max” movies.
“This film (Fury Road) was green lit 3 times and fell over 3 times over a decade,” Miller said.
We went to shoot with Mel Gibson back in 2001, but then 9/11 happened, and the American dollar collapsed against the Australian dollar close to 30 per cent, so we lost that amount of budget overnight.
Thus, the 4th film fell into development hell for another few years and Miller was forced to recast Max when Gibson was in his well publicised meltdown.
Before coming back to “Mad Max: Fury Road”, Miller directed 2006’s “Happy Feet”. Then, it rained in the Australian desert.
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 2 scripts, without really trying. We’re talking to the studio (Warner Bros) about it as we speak, but which one of the 2 stories will happen next, I’m not so sure,” he concluded.
However, we reckon the “Mad Max” sequels won’t arrive so soon because Miller further revealed that he wants to “do a small film without special effects” next.
We shot “Fury Road” for 8 months… that’s a lot. Every day in the heat and the dust, doing these stunts, it’s very wearing. We’ve got 2 more planned, but at some point in the future.
This is the same reason why he decided to pass on directing “Man of Steel” follow-up.
Back then, it was long rumoured that there’s a sequel that will focus on Charlize Theron‘s character, as it was tentatively titled “Furiosa”. However, Miller later revealed that the sequel has a new title – “Mad Max: The Wasteland”.
This spurred confusion among fans, as it was unclear whether the screenplay has been rewritten, or whether there are titles for 2 different sequels. It certainly aroused curiosities as to whether a spin-off movie based on Furiosa will be developed instead.
“Mad Max: Fury Road” arrived in theatres 30 years after the original trilogy was released. It starred Hardy, Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Nathan Jones, Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Hardy is already contracted for 3 more Mad Max movies, but Theron doesn’t appear to be locked in for any follow-ups just yet.
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