Two Mad Max Sequels Are Planned, Fury Road Director Confirms
"We dug down deep into the backstory."
This summer's action-packed blockbuster Mad Max: Fury Road may have spent nearly twenty years in various stages of development, but the critical acclaim and impressive global box office have made a sequel very likely.
Director George Miller has confirmed that there are in fact two Mad Max movies currently in development at Warner. As he explained to Top Gear, the lengthy process to get Fury Road on the screen meant that he was able to fully develop the story for future films.
"This film was green lit three times and fell over three times over a decade," he said. "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," Miller said. "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," he added. "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."
Nevertheless, Miller stated that another Mad Max might not be his next film. Although there have been recent rumours that he might also direct a future DC superhero movie, Miller told Top Gear that his next picture would be "a small film without special effects."
“We shot Fury Road for eight months--that's a lot," he said. "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."