George Miller Has Started Filming Tilda Swinton & Idris Elba Movie ‘Three Thousand Years of Longing’ in Australia

Cameras have started rolling on Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller’s next film, an Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton-starring fantasy-romance-drama titled Three Thousand Years of Longing.

Filming is underway in Australia, with a production base in Sydney. As reported by Deadline, they’re 20 days in on a planned 62-day shoot, which has been going strong while following Covid safety protocols. Production will be having a break over Christmas before starting up again in early 2021. Delivery is reportedly set for September 2021.

The plot details are being kept under wraps, although a plot description that’s been floating around reads as follows:

“A lonely and bitter British woman discovers an ancient bottle while on a trip to Istanbul and unleashes a Djinn who offers her three wishes. Filled with apathy, she is unable to come up with one until his stories spark in her a desire to be loved.”

Miller has described the project as “anti-Mad Max”, suggesting it will be far from the incredible non-stop action seen in his previous masterpiece. That being said, Three Thousand Years of Longing is being crafted with a still-sizeable $US60 million budget, which will be fueling an interior and dialogue-heavy film, but one nevertheless punctuated with action scenes.

The film’s producer, Miller’s longtime collaborator Doug Mitchell (Fury Road, Babe), has told Deadline that the sets are “some of the most spectacular” he’s ever seen and that – as per the film’s title – the artistry will be depicting three millennia.

Miller has a cracking team for this one. The film has brought out of retirement Aussie Fury Road cinematographer John Seale, whose credits include The English Patient, Cold Mountain and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. There’s also Fury Road editor Margaret Sixel, composer Junkie XL, Oscar-winning hair/makeup designer Lesley Vanderwalt, Oscar-winning set decorator Lisa Thompson, and Avengers VFX supervisor Paul Butterworth, among many others.

Miller has already lined up another film following Three Thousand Years of Longing. The filmmaker will next be tackling Fury Road prequel Furiousa, with Anya Taylor-Joy taking on the role previously inhabited by Charlize Theron.

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