There’s no other way to put it: this sucks.
Mad Max: Fury Road was one of 2015’s best films. Jaw-dropping balls-to-the-wall action and technical prowess made the fourth Mad Max picture a breath of fresh air in the cinematic landscape, further cementing its helmer, Australian director George Miller, as a seriously good filmmaker. So it’s more than disappointing to learn that Miller has no intention of directing a sequel.
“I won’t make more Mad Max movies,” Miller said in an interview with Page Six.
“Fury Road with Charlize Theron, Zoë Kravitz, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Riley Keough was forever getting completed. If you finish one in a year, it’s considered a leap of faith. Start, stop, start again.”
It’s no secret that crafting a movie can be a lengthy and arduous undertaking, and it would be more than true with a film like Fury Road. The Tom Hardy-starring picture began shooting in New South Wales, Australia back in 2010, but a changing landscape forced production to pick up and make camp all the way in Namibia.
Said Miller: “I’ve shot in Australia in a field of wild flowers and flat red earth when it rained heavily forever. We had to wait 18 months and every return to the US was 27 hours. Those Mad Maxes take forever. I won’t do those anymore.”
There you have it, he’s done with Max – at least as director. He could always stay on board as producer and writer. After all, Miller has talked about the possibility of a sequel titled Mad Max: The Wasteland. In an interview with Film School Rejects back in 2014, Miller revealed that he had in fact penned two other stories.
“In order to tell this story, we came up with two others. We’ve written the screenplay of one and the novelization of another, but it’s a very rough novel,” Miller said.
While it’s certainly bad news to learn that Miller won’t be directing another Mad Max movie, we may still see him crafting a sequel with another strong filmmaker at the helm. Fingers crossed.
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