We really don’t need to remind you again that Mad Max: Fury Road is one of the year’s best movies (this alone is proof of that). Still, as much as we love it, we’ve been chomping at the bit to hear when we might expect a follow-up. According to director George Miller, fans are not only going to be spoiled by one sequel, but possibly two!
During a recent interview with Top Gear, Miller revealed that the long and troubled production timeline for Fury Road afforded him plenty of time to dream up more stories in the Mad Max universe; enough for multiple films, to be precise:
“[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 artefacts 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.”
While it’s exciting to hear that Miller has a lot of material in place for new Mad Max movies, eager fans will have to wait awhile to see one of them, as Miller (understandably) wants to tackle a smaller production first before returning to the Wasteland. “I want to do a small film without special effects before I do any of that, just to do it quickly,” he states. “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.”
Making a film under those types of conditions would be a struggle for even the spriest filmmaker, so it’s understandable that the 70-year-old Miller would want to give himself a bit of a breather before returning to big explosions in the hot desert sun. Right now, it’s just exciting to know that more Mad Max films are on the way. Hopefully we won’t have to wait 30 years this time, though.