Heading into opening weekend, it wasn’t just the tragic heroes of Mad Max: Fury Road who had to contend with a perilous, unpredictable wasteland, but also the film, itself – a 30-year-long wasteland, to be exact, filled with delay after delay…after delay. As with most big budget Hollywood reboots, the primary challenge facing Fury Road was whether or not it could revitalize and modernize the dated concept while pleasing both old, committed fans and a new generation of CGI-spoiled viewers. No easy feat, not even for the hardened Mad Max.

To say George Miller accomplished this feat would be a gross understatement. Following its debut, the film has received nearly unanimous acclaim from critics, fans, and even the franchise’s original headliner, Mel Gibson, all hailing it as a visceral and pulpy sci-fi masterpiece that delivers a unique breath of fresh air to the summer blockbuster slate as well as feminist cinema, in general. Although two sequels had been in the works even before Fury Road hit theaters, it’s now officially safe to say that another Mad Max installment is on its way.

What, or who, that sequel will be about, though, is anyone’s guess. That is, anyone’s guess besides director George Miller’s. The filmmaker recently revealed he would like the title of the much anticipated followup to be Mad Max: The Wasteland.

While not officially green-lit by Warner Bros., Wasteland presumably already has a script thanks in part to Fury Road‘s furiously long road to the big screen. “We’ve got one screenplay and a novella,” Miller said. “It happened because with the delays [on ‘Fury Road’], and writing all the backstories, they just expanded.”

The direction of this expansion, though, is now a bit contradictory. Not only does Miller’s new title rebut another title he had proposed in 2010 – Mad Max: Furiosa – but it also suggests the film is heading in a different direction, one that may or may not include Charlize Theron’s feminist bad ass, Furiosa. While it was already confirmed that Tom Hardy had signed on for three more sequels, Theron’s future, on the other hand, has not been so clear.

Mad Max Fury Road Max and Furiosa Fury Road Director Already Has Script For Mad Max: The Wasteland Sequel

It’s no secret that during the production of Fury Road, tension mounted between Hardy and Theron. And although both actors downplayed the drama, it could still lend credence to the assumption that Theron will not reprise her role in a fifth installment – or to rumors suggesting she may even receive her own spinoff-like sequel, delving further into Furiosa’s origin story. Considering the amount of positive buzz surrounding her character, fans are most certainly hopeful for the latter.

What do you think of the new title, Wasteland? Would you like to see Charlize Theron’s Furiosa return for it or have a sequel of her own? Drop a line in the comments.

Mad Max: Fury Road is in theaters now. Stay tuned to Screen Rant for future updates on the forthcoming sequels.

Source: George Miller (via The Playlist)

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