George Miller talks development of two Mad Max sequels
Though it may not have lit the global box office on fire, bringing in just over $370 million worldwide, Mad Max: Fury Road captured the attention of fans around the globe and went on to become one of the highest-rated blockbusters of the summer. Talks of Mad Max sequels have permeated ever since, and speaking with Top Gear, director George Miller confirmed that two more scripts have already been written.
“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.”
Miller went on to reiterate, however, that he would like to do a small movie next with limited special effects and no stunts, the same reason he cited he wouldn’t direct a Man of Steel follow-up.
“Fury Road” arrived in theaters thirty years after the third film in the series, Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome. Hopefully we won’t have to wait that long for the next legend of the Road Warrior. The film starred Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Nathan Jones, Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
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