Oh what a day! What a lovely day! Mad Max director George Miller revealed in a recent interview with Top Gear that he’s got not one, but two potential scripts for the next instalment in the Mad Max franchise!
As you probably know, Miller’s original trilogy of movies spanned from 1979-85, with Mel Gibson as the infamous Max Rockatansky – a role that was taken over by Tom Hardy (Legend, The Revenant) a whopping thirty years later for this summer’s epic blockbuster, Mad Max: Fury Road.
The fourth Mad Max movie had a long and arduous road to production – Miller initially wanted to make the movie all the way back in 2001! Financial problems due to the 9/11 tragedy stopped production at the time, then Australia had to be swapped for Namibia as the shooting location, then rumour’s of Miller’s involvement in a Justice League project, then finally Gibson decided to distance himself form the franchise.
Well, now Miller’s got himself a new star in Tom Hardy, and a super successful movie – Fury Road has grossed nearly $375 million since its opening in May – he’s not stopping now. All that extra time between movies has given him a chance to think long and hard about future sequels.
“In this process, we had dug down deep into the backstory, not only of the characters, but of every vehicle,” Miller explained. “How the steering wheels became religious artefacts and things like that. 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.”
So we know for sure he’s planning the next part of Max’s wasteland wanderings, but Miller was quick to emphasise it’s not going to come any time soon. “I want to do a small film without special effects before I do any of that, just to do it quickly,” he said. “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.”
That War-boy catchphrase it pretty apt for the Mad Max franchise: I live, I die, I live again!
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