With non-stop action, impossibly high stakes, and a pyromaniac shredding a guitar, [Mad Max: Fury Road](tag:41445) was undoubtedly one of the best movies of the summer. The sleeper hit was made all the more surprising by the fact that it took decades to really get on track, but, man, good things do come to those who wait.
Now, in an interview with BBC's Top Gear, director George Miller discusses the possibility of even more Mad Max movies coming our way, and all these green lights have me prematurely salivating chrome.
Two more sequels are in the early stages
In the interview, Miller goes into detail about why Mad Max: Fury Road too so long to get off the ground, and the reasons span the terrorist attacks in 9/11 to getting unexpectedly rained out in the Australian Outback. One benefit of delaying production and moving filming to Namibia, however, was ending up with two scripts that could lead to a Fury Road trilogy. Miller explains,
...[W]e 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.
That's Valhalla on Earth for those of us who want to see more from this franchise (a.k.a. any person with a pulse). And with Tom Hardy already contracted for more films, all signs point to "go."
But don't expect a quick turnaround
Sadly, Miller wants to take a break before diving back into big budget, high octane movie-making, and I can't really blame him. He describes the grueling process that led to an amazing product:
I want to do a small film without special effects before I do any of that, just to do it quickly. We shot Fury Road for eight months… that’s a lot. 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.
So, we're almost definitely getting some more from Mad Max down the road, it's just a matter of when. I can definitely wait...just please don't take another 30 years.
(Source: Top Gear)