Mad Max: Fury Road is riding a wave of potential Oscar buzz, with many fans wondering if the esteemed Academy will recognize a post-apocalyptic movie like this. Other fans have been wondering when the next installment will hit theaters, and if any of the Mad Max: Fury Road stars will return. Director George Miller revealed last year that he actually has two scripts for Mad Max sequels, one of which is called Mad Max: The Wasteland. But in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, the director revealed that may not be the title anymore. When asked if he had honed in on what he wanted to focus on next, the director had this to say.
"Yes, I have. And certainly having conversations about it. But I'm not sure if it's the very next movie I want to do. 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."
The director had previously said that Charlize Theron's Furiosa character would not be in his next sequel. He did also say that he would be interested in revisiting Furiosa at a later time, but not this next project. When asked if those plans have changed, and if Furiosa would be a part of this follow-up, the director would only say that he would like to come back to Furiosa at some point.
"Yeah, she's a pretty compelling character so it would be great to tell her story. Her backstory is really interesting. We only allude to it in this movie because this movie is on the run; people don't have much time for recreational talk. But you pick up, you have a sense of her having gone through stuff. That's what the film is trying to do. You're trying to put a lot of iceberg under the tip, I like saying."
Now that Mad Max: Fury Road is available on home video platforms, fans are revisiting this modern action classic, and discovering new things upon each new viewing. George Miller revealed that the fact fans keep going back to his movie is "gratifying," while adding that he could tell the back stories of every character in their own movie. Here's what he had to say.
"One of the things that's really gratifying, people are reading the film more than just the surface - the events of the movie, and just picking up a lot of stuff underneath it, which is very deliberate. You work hard to get that in there so it's not just empty action - that you're getting some stuff out of it. You're learning about characters and their relationships and the world and so on. So in many ways, the audience is picking up a lot about Furiosa - or enough to intrigue. And she's got an interesting story. I could tell the stories of every character in the story. I could tell the story of the guitar and the Doof Warrior. I can tell you the story of how his guitar was made, and how he survived, effectively a blind guitarist who only can speak through the guitar really and how he survived the apocalypse. And how he got to be basically working for Immortan's army and so on. So everything has to have a backstory."
George Miller hasn't given any details about this "smaller" film that he wants to make before tackling Mad Max: The Wasteland, but it seems we won't get to see this sequel for quite some time. Do you think the filmmaker should just go ahead and Mad Max: The Wasteland right away? Or would you like to see him take some time away from this apocalyptic wasteland?