Two More Mad Max Sequels Planned, But Won't Happen Soon
When Mad Max: Fury Road was first announced, the plan was for George Miller to direct two back-to-back sequels. But a lot of things changed throughout the prolonged production, which took a grueling 8 months. And the whole process left the filmmaker feeling exhausted. While some suspected the delays on Mad Max: Fury Road meant it was going to be a bomb, it actually turned out to be the critical darling of this past summer. And it was a hit with fans. Ever since its release, there has been talk of a sequel. George Miller has now confirmed with Top Gear that not one, but two more movies will move forward at some point. But it won't be soon. He wants to make another movie first.
George Miller actually has two completed scripts for a Mad Max: Fury Road sequel, though it's not known which one will move forward first. Details about the plot have been scarce because of this. And it's not clear which way Warner Bros. is leaning at the moment. No one is sure what will be the next Mad Max movie, though Mad Max: The Wasteland is what George Miller has been calling the fifth film in this long-running franchise.
George Miller hasn't been shy about his desire to return to this desolate wasteland. But no one is quite sure when the movie will happen. But rest assured, it's going to be a few more years down the road. Here's how the director tells it, saying he wants to make a low budget indie movie with no stunts before he reunites with his most iconic character.
"This film [Fury Road] was green lit three times and fell over three times over a decade. We went to shoot with Mel Gibson back in 2001, but then 9/11 happened, and the American dollar collapsed against the Australian dollar close to 30 per cent, so we lost that amount of budget overnight....We were then rained out of Australia. The desert rained for the first time in 15 years, and we ended up in South West Africa, Namibia. But in this process, we had dug down deep into the backstory, not only of the characters, but of every vehicle. How the steering wheels became religious artifacts and things like that. So we ended up with two scripts, without really trying. We're talking to the studio [Warner Bros] about it as we speak, but which one of the two stories will happen next, I'm not so sure. I want to do a small film without special effects before I do any of that, just to do it quickly. We shot Fury Road for eight months... that's a lot. Every day in the heat and the dust, doing these stunts, it's very wearing. We've got two more planned, but at some point in the future."
Way back in May, just after Mad Max: Fury Road opened in second place to Pitch Perfect 2, George Miller revealed that he already had a title and script for the next chapter in his apocalyptic series. The script is said to have come from expending the back stories for some of the other characters in Mad Max: Fury Road , and it has been rumored for quite some time that Charlize Theron's Imperator Furiosa may get her own movie. Which would be separate from Mad Max: The Wasteland. Back in 2012, George Miller claimed he was shooting two Mad Max movies back-to-back, Mad Max: Fury Road and Mad Max: Furiosa. But those two projects merged into one.
In August, Charlize Theron claimed to have no knowledge of any sequel moving forward. At the time, many speculated that her character would just be a one-off and wasn't returning in Mad Max: The Wasteland. While there were reports that she had signed on for more movies, she says that's not the case. Tom Hardy, on the other hand, has stated in the past that he is signed on for three more sequels. It sounds like we'll be getting another Mad Max movie at some point in the future. But it may not happen before the end of this decade. And it may not include Furiosa. But at least we'll get one more George Miller movie, whatever that turns out to be. And who knowns if he'll actually direct a DC Comics movie, as rumored. If he does, that's sure to delay Mad Max: The Wasteland even further into the future.