George Miller’s Updates on Mad Max Sequel and Furiosa Spin-Off
It still stands as one of the best action films ever made, but four years on and audiences are still hungry to return to that post-apocalyptic world George Miller brought us back to in Mad Max: Fury Road. Deemed by fans, critics and gobsmacked filmmakers alike as an utter masterpiece, the petrol-soaked crash-fest that had Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron light the fuse on the stunning series of set-pieces is a film that hasn’t been topped since (and we’ve had two Mission: Impossible and Fast and Furious sequels since then). However, Miller recently shed some light on the future of the Road Warrior and his surprise-hit ally Furiosa’s future, and things are looking shiny and chrome for both of them.
Speaking to Indiewire for their ‘Best of the Decade’, Miller assured us that his quota of carnage would be filled again not just for Tom Hardy’s new iteration of Max Rockatansky but also Charlize Theron’s one-armed hero with a cracking aim.
“There are two stories, both involving Mad Max, and also a Furiosa story confirmed Miller.” We’re still solving, we’ve got to play out the Warners thing, it seems to be pretty clear that it’s going to happen.”
The ‘Warners’ thing, as Miller so casually puts it, is the lawsuit that has pumped the brakes on Max and Furiosa’s further exploits. Millar filed one against Warner Bros. in 2017 over a disputed $7 million bonus and now the director assures us that they’ll be back to playing nice sometime soon.
“It all started because of the chaos at Warner Bros. and not Kevin Tsujihara, it was pre all that,” says Miller. “He wasn’t the antagonist, because a lot of people didn’t know what was going on and were not prepared to make a definitive stand; everybody was running around fearful, it seems, through three regimes. It was hard to get anyone’s attention, so we went to litigation. The chaos has stabilized and it’s become extremely positive as the dust seems to have settled after [the AT&T merger].”
Great news. If gets us closer to Mad Max: The Wasteland (its last working title) then so be it. Fingers crossed we get to witness them again sooner, rather than later.