Mad Max: Fury Road was a post-apocalyptic sequel to the popular Mad Max film series, and after nearly 18 years of production delays it finally was released to overwhelmingly positive reviews. The films were helmed by renowned director George Miller, and the director/writer confirmed recently that all of the time spent developing Fury Road gave him enough time to come up with at least two possible scripts for the next sequel titled Mad Max: Wasteland.
In an interview with TopGear the Mad Max creator explains, “This film [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.” Miller elaborates in the interview, “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.” he concluded, “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.”
Mad Max: Fury Road more than doubled its $150,000 budget in addition to becoming labeled as a nearly perfect example of cinema by both critics and fans. I’ll admit I wasn’t exactly privy to all of the previous Mad Max films, but Fury Road was easily one of the best films of 2015 and the lengthy production paid off insanely well. With all that being said, I’m also very hopeful that we can still get to experience a Furiosa centric film in the near future because she was easily one of the most layered characters to the film, and that’s additionally a testament to the depth of talent from consummate actress Charlize Theron. Regardless of what the next film is I’ll definitely be one of the many fans flocking to theaters, Tom Hardy’s adaptation of the titular character is completely worth it!