George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road was one of the most successful films of the summer, earning universal critical acclaim as a modern action classic (read our review) and earning $374.7 million worldwide at the box office. After that reception, it isn't surprising that there's been a great deal of interest in followups, and Miller recently revealed that he had plans for a Fury Road trilogy - should Warner Bros. give him the green light.
Even more so than seeing Tom Hardy's Max Rockatansky on the big screen once more, many viewers want to watch Charlize Theron's Imperator Furiosa again. Considered by some to be Fury Road's true protagonist, the character was an instant hit with moviegoers, giving cinema a no-nonsense action heroine in the vein of Ellen Ripley. However, it seems like Fury Road is our only go-around with her.
Speaking with Digital Spy, Miller spoke about the possibility of Furiosa appearing in the sequels. And though she could be featured briefly, it's nothing fans should get too excited about:
"I'm not sure, is the answer. She's not in the Mad Max [sequel] story, but in one of the stories there's an interaction between [Max and Furiosa]. I can't really say more than that because it's still in progress."
Since the script is still being developed, there's a chance Furiosa's role can be expanded, but it's not surprising she won't be much of a factor. The Mad Max franchise has never been one for continuity, as Miller has largely been content with using the title character as a means of exploring new situations each time out. In addition, while Hardy is under contract for multiple Mad Max films, Theron has claimed she has never heard anything about a possible sequel - so it seems likely she won't be coming back for anything more than this brief interaction Miller is talking about.
That may be disappointing to hear for fans, but it arguably would not be the worst thing in the world if it turned out to be the case. If the story Miller has come up with does not require the full participation of Furiosa, then it's best if he doesn't force something simply because Furiosa was so well-received. Fury Road really did operate as a self-contained narrative with few (if any) threads open to pursue in a traditional continuation, and by the end Max and Furiosa seemed to be heading off on their separate ways. It would seem more natural, then, if Max had a new set of allies in his next adventure through the post-apocalyptic wasteland.
It is interesting though, that Miller is planning to have there be at least one interaction between the two characters in one of his sequel stories. That would make it seem as if he's at least entertaining the idea of having Max and Furiosa team up again. After all, if such a beloved character returned for what amounts to a cameo, it could be more frustrating for fans than if Furiosa wasn't included at all. And since she more than proved her worth against Immortan Joe to get the Five Wives to safety, Furiosa would be a great asset in whatever task Max tackles next.
Mad Max: Fury Road is now available on Blu-ray. We'll keep you updated on the sequel(s) as more information becomes available.
Source: Digital Spy