With everyone, including us, loving Mad Max: Fury Road, it’s no surprise that creator and director George Miller has been teasing a possible fifth installment…
And with Tom Hardy reportedly signed on for three more (here), we reckon it’s a safe bet that we’ll be in the road again in the near future.
Talking on The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith, Miller said: “We’ve got one screenplay and a novella. It happened because with the delays [on ‘Fury Road’], and writing all the backstories, they just expanded.”
He added that the next movie would be called… “Mad Max: The Wasteland.”
Interestingly, Miller says that Fury Road was originally meant to appear in 2001 “but the 9/11 attacks drastically affected everything from the power of the American dollar to insurance costs for the production,” add to that Mel Gibson’s very publicised meltdown and the movie seemed damned.
However, it seems that Miller was strongly considering another actor for the role: “Every time Heath [Ledger] would come through Sydney, he’d call in and we’d chat about Max,” Miller told The Daily Beast.
“He had that same thing that Mel and Tom Hardy have —that maleness, charisma, and restless energy, which you need to play a relatively still character. The world lost someone great when he went. Tom was the next to walk through the door that had that vibe.”
So, a long, troubled and tragic road to get here, but we reckon many are glad that Miller stayed true to his vision.