Following the shocking news that George Miller would allegedly not be making more films within the Mad Max feature franchise, fans of the Australian auteur have been left in a state of fevered surprise and worry over the ultimate fate of his decidedly brilliant and masterfully conceived post-apocalyptic wasteland. Anyone who has seen Fury Road will no doubt concur that such a decision on behalf of the film’s lead creative voice would be a disappointment for fans of the long-standing movie series.
However, the latest word has it that Miller may not be done quite yet with Max Rockatansky. That said, he’s also not quite finished in his role as a feature film director of other movies either, and after the long and difficult process of filming Mad Max: Fury Road – which required an emergency relocation to Namibia when the Australian desert it was supposed to be filmed in experienced heavy rainfall and bloomed with colorful flowers – Miller needs a break before returning to that world.
According to The Wrap, Miller was erroneously misquoted when it was initially reported that he would not be making any more Mad Max films, with the director citing a “garbled” conversation with a reporter as the source of said misinformation. When asked for comment on the interview, Miller expounded upon the topic for the sake of clarification, and stated:
“That was a completely garbled interview. I was in New York and it was so noisy and the journalist was asking me questions on a red carpet at the National Board of Review. She completely got the wrong fragments of information that were just not true. I said no, [another Mad Max movie] will not be next, and she took that to mean I never wanted to make another Mad Max. It won’t necessarily be next, but I have two more stories.”
Fans can breathe a sigh of relief with that whole debacle cleared away, though it looks like Miller intends to tackle some other projects before he returns to the post-apocalyptic wasteland he so recently reinvented on the big screen. Granted, Miller has stated that he is willing to cede control of the franchise over to another director, though for now it would appear as though the series will remain in his creative control.
Just where viewers may find the heroes of Mad Max: Fury Road next remains entirely up to chance, though fans of the brilliantly gifted Aussie director should also look forward to seeing what he can come up with outside of the Mad Max franchise. If Miller’s work on such hit feature series as Babe and Happy Feet serve as any indication, the director is far from being limited to just one genre.
Mad Max: Fury Road is currently available to own on Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital HD.
Source: The Wrap