[Mad Max: Fury Road](tag:41445) was one of 2015's most highly critically acclaimed movies, and with high octane car chases, mind-blowing action sequences, and a poignant plot it's easy to see why. Naturally, the demand for a sequel is high, and Warner Brothers soon announced that we would indeed get a Mad Max 2 (or uh, 5). Tentatively titled [Mad Max: The Wasteland](tag:3579008), the sequel is officially going ahead... sometime.
Obviously, it's very early days, and considering Fury Road had a 15 year long trek to production, it's unlikely we'll see a sequel any time in the next year or so. But there's been a lot of talk about George Miller's plans, and this might include a sequel for Furiosa herself, as well as a Max-lead Wasteland movie!
All We Know
The one thing we know for absolute certain is that George Miller has several more stories planned out for the Mad Max world: he created a backstory for almost every character in Fury Road (even Doof Warrior's mother!) So there's ample material for sequels, and Miller even has a few scripts prepared for the next few films.
Although Miller is in talks with Warner Brothers, he's still not sure which of these scripts will end up going into production, and he's understandably hesitant to talk about it in great detail.
"The more I speculate about what’s happening, the more I try to avoid spoilers this far out, and also I find myself talking around in circles. So the best thing I can say is that we’re definitely in discussion about making more of these, but the timing of it, I’m really not sure. Probably won’t be called Wasteland. I can say that. It was just the working title we gave it."
This was what Miller had to say to Deadline about the upcoming sequels. But he did assure fans that Tom Hardy would be very involved in the continuation of the Mad Max franchise. Charlize Theron, and Furiosa, are more in doubt.
"I’m not sure, is the answer. She’s not in the Mad Max [sequel] story, but in one of the stories there’s an interaction between [Max and Furiosa]. I can’t really say more than that because it’s still in progress."
This does make a lot of sense, as the Mad Max films tend to be somewhat standalone, featuring main characters that don't really pop up again in future sequels. Fury Road was very much Furiosa's story: she drove the plot (literally), and the ending was a victorious moment for her.
It's hard to imagine where her story would go next. Even George Miller isn't sure what Furiosa would do with the Citadel, but he's got some ideas...
A Furiosa Solo Film?
This is a definite possibility. There's a lot of buzz surrounding the idea that we might get two films: Wasteland, which would follow Max's journey, and Furiosa. Right now it's uncertain whether Furiosa's story would continue her story or tell her origin tale, but while talking to the Guardian, Miller revealed that Furiosa may not be as a benevolent ruler as we'd expect...
"Yesterday’s revolutionary becomes tomorrow’s tyrant. It’s a very common story. So, part of me thinks that Furiosa would make a much better fist of it [than Immortan Joe], another part thinks that if things went horribly wrong she’d have to be a bit of a tyrant herself."
That would definitely be a very interesting topic for a sequel, but recent news seems to point towards the idea of the Furiosa film being a prequel instead!
This idea has been tossed around for a while, and George Miller hinted that Mad Max: Furiosa would be a prequel in this podcast interview. Even more recently, Vuvalini actress Joy Smithers (she plays one of the Many Mothers that Furiosa hails from) told Yahoo that she has already read the script for Furiosa...
"I've read the script and our characters [the Many Mothers] are in it... It's a prequel."
Smithers also mentioned that the story featured Valkyrie as a child, so it may follow Furiosa from her kidnapping, revealing how she became an Imperator in Immortan Joe's army.
Of course, Smithers could just have read one of the several possible scripts that Miller has written, and Warner Brothers are keeping very quiet about which story they're going to pursue first. It's certain that there will be more Mad Max films, but they may take a while to make.
George Miller Wants A Break!
Fury Road was a mammoth effort for all involved, and none less so than George Miller himself. And now it looks like he wants to take a break from the franchise for a bit, as he revealed to NME.
"Right now I don't want to go back into the wasteland. They're very tough movies to make, mainly because of the stunts. Fatigue sets in and you're in a remote location with all the heat and the dust, so there's always a risk. I've got to whip myself up to do that again, I've got to psych myself up."
This is perfectly understandable, and with so much story to work out, it's likely we won't see any Mad Max sequels for a while... but they're on their way!
Prequel or sequel: what would you like to see next from the Mad Max world? Let us know in the comments, or write your own post!