If you haven’t done so, go watch Mad Max: Fury Road. It’s easily one of the best films of the year and a return to form for director George Miller, who was responsible for the original trilogy.
If you have seen it and enjoyed it, I have some great news. In a recent interview with Top Gear, George Miller confirmed that the franchise will be getting 2 more installments. In the painstakingly long process to develop Fury Road, Miller was left with a lot of additional material to work with.
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 southwest 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.
However, Miller will not be diving right back into the Mad Max universe, seems the film took its toll on the director who stated, “I want to do a small film without special effects before I do any of that, just to do it quickly,” he continued “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.”
Tom Hardy is signed on to make three Mad Max films, but Charlize Theron isn’t confirmed for anything yet, so where Miller takes the storyline, and with who, still remains unclear.