George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road was a surprise hit of 2015 and a critical darling to boot, leading the iconic director to pen not one but two sequel scripts to the film. With film productions being notoriously long and the wait between installments sometimes longer, the big question becomes: Will Miller be able to make both films before he retires?
Miller, who is now 70 years old, has no plans to step away from filmmaking anytime soon, but he also isn't heading straight in to making another Mad Max film either. This might seem like potentially bad news for the Mad Max sequels given how long Fury Road was in development. However, Miller recently said that he would be willing to pass the sequels off to another director if he couldn't make them.
Speaking to Kurt Andersen of Studio360, Miller expressed how impressed he was by the work that young directors were doing these days. "People are directing younger and younger, they're getting a real sense of cinema very, very early, and there's some great directors out there," Miller said. When asked whether he would be willing to let an up-and-coming young director take over the Mad Max franchise, he replied, "Yeah, of course."
This doesn't mean Miller is planning to retire anytime soon, of course. He told EW that he was already having conversations about the next Mad Max film, but that he wasn't sure if it would be his very next film. Instead, he described his next film as being a totally different sort of movie:
"I’ve got something a bit smaller before we go back out into the wasteland — something that’s contemporary that we can get through fairly quickly. And something with not too much technical difficulty. Something more performance-based and so on, just to clear the exhaust."
Though he gave no clues as to what his "small" film might be, he did mention that he was inspired by the Sundance hit Tangerine and the unique tools that were used to make that iPhone-shot film.
It's entirely possible that Miller will finish his "small" film, go on to make a few more Mad Max movies and even come out with a few other random films before he eventually retires. Given the success of Fury Road, it's unlikely that a new Mad Max sequel would face 15 years of development hell like that film did. It might be interesting to see a different director take on the world of Mad Max, though it would largely depend on the director; ignoring the subtlety in the Mad Max films and focusing on the big explosions and action would do a disservice both to the characters and the fans, so a new director would need to really "get" Max and his world.
If the franchise were to pass on to someone else, though, there's a good chance Miller would be involved in finding the right person to take it over. That director might even have a lot of notes and ideas to work from, especially since there was a Furiosa film planned at one point, in addition to the two sequel script treatments that have been done. By the time the franchise finally passes to someone else, there could very well be more than that to draw from as well.
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