Fury Road Director Pushes Sequels To The Max
Now that director George Miller is 70 years old, you might expect him to slow down and enjoy his twilight years—unless you saw Mad Max: Fury Road. As that movie makes abundantly clear, Miller has more energy than most filmmakers half his age. It comes as no surprise, then, that the director—who has only made nine feature films to date—has no less than three in the pipeline, including two more Mad Max sequels.
In a recent interview with TopGear.com, Miller explained that these sequels are the one positive that came from years of delays on Mad Max: Fury Road. That project came close to being shot in 2001, but 9/11 devalued the American dollar, shrinking the Australian buying power of the film’s budget.
Years later, torrential rains caused additional delays, giving Miller and his co-writers (Brendan McCarthy, Nick Lathouris) plenty of time to flesh out their script—and write some sequels. “We ended up with two scripts, without really trying,” Miller said. “We’re talking to the studio about it as we speak, but which one of the two stories will happen next, I’m not so sure.”
In spite of that exciting news, don’t be surprised if you wind up waiting a while. Fury Road took more than a decade longer than planned, and Miller plans to squeeze in a more modest movie before returning to Mad Max territory. “I want to do a small film without special effects before I do any of that, just to do it quickly. 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.”