by Justin Cook
While some are still coming down from the adrenaline rush of Mad Max: Fury Road, director George Miller has confirmed that two sequels to the film are currently in development at Warner Bros.
On Fury Road, future projects and the Mad Max franchise as a whole, Miller said, “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.” He went on to say, “We were then rained out of Australia. The desert rained for the first time in 15 years, and we ended up in southwest 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.”
In the above statement, Miller clearly says that he’s currently figuring out which of two Mad Max projects he wants to make next. At this time, it’s unclear if one of these projects is Mad Max: The Wasteland, which Miller said would be the title of the next film in the franchise, Mad Max: Furiosa, which years ago Miller announced would be a possible standalone film for Charlize Theron’s Furiosa, or if these two projects are one and the same.
However, before Miller takes on another Mad Max film, it’s possible he’ll direct a smaller film first, as he told Digital Spy, “I hope the next film I make is a very small film without any special effects and not many stunts.”
Max himself, Tom Hardy, revealed earlier this year that he has signed on to star in at least four more Mad Max movies, so he’ll definitely be on board for the next installment, along with Theron, whatever it is and whenever it comes.
Source: Top Gear