Mad Max: Fury Road was just full of surprises in 2015. Not only is the action film considered director George Miller's masterpiece, it's also at the top of a lot of film critics' best of the year lists, as it was showered with awards nominations and accolades with the National Board of Review naming it the best of 2015. Who thought that would ever happen before Mad Max: Fury Road was released in theaters?
But now that it is critically and commercially successful, it's only a matter of time before Warner Bros. will make a sequel to the highly acclaimed film. The only problem is its director isn't exactly keen on returning to the post-apocalyptic desert wasteland of Mad Max (Tom Hardy).
In an interview with Page Six, George Miller is quoted as having said that he no longer intends to make another Mad Max movie, despite the success of the franchise's most recent installment. Making Fury Road was a big undertaking and the project was in development for almost 18 years before principle photography started in 2012. Then, shooting lasted for a brutal 120 days in the hellish deserts of Namibia, Africa and Western Australia, and then sat on a shelf for almost a year before it was finally released in 2015.
Here's what Miller is quoted as having said:
“I won’t make more ‘Mad Max’ movies. 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.”
Recently, George Miller said that he'd be willing to pass the Mad Max franchise to a new and younger director, if Warner Bros. wants to make a sequel sooner than later. Currently, there appears to be finished script material by Miller that could give rise to a direct sequel or two to Fury Road that would further expand the Mad Max universe. Considering that the franchise is almost 40 years old now and Miller has already made 4 movies in the series, it would make sense enough for the filmmaker to move on from Mad Max - and allow a younger filmmaker to step into his spot, as Miller has made it clear he's comfortable with the idea.
Regardless of what happens, the 70-year-old director isn't finished with making movies altogether, as he has expressed interest in making smaller film like the Sundance darling Tangerine (which was shot entirely on an iPhone), in the future. It might be too soon for Miller to commit to returning to Mad Max right now anyway - and there's nothing that says Miller can't change his mind in the future, when it comes to the possibility of him returning to Max's post-apocalyptic world, one more time.
Stay tuned to Screen Rant for more information and news about Mad Max as it develops.
Source: Page Six