George Miller has dropped a bombshell on Mad Max fans in saying that Fury Road is probably going to be his final film in the revived post-apocalyptic franchise.
Speaking at the Golden Globes, Miller told the New York Post’s Page Six column that a troubled production process on the much delayed Fury Road had convinced him never to return to the dusty badlands of post-apocalyptic Australia: “I won’t make more Mad Max movies,” he said.
“I’ve shot in Australia in a field of wildflowers 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 any more.”
Miller’s comments appear to slightly contradict those he made in an Entertainment Weekly interview earlier this month, when the director suggested Theron’s Furiosa was a “pretty compelling character” and would make a great subject for a Mad Max spin-off.
However, he has always been hesitant about jumping straight back into Mad Max, admitting that he wanted to make his next film a quieter one, although confirmed two more movies will be made.
“[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,” he was reported as saying back in October.
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