Mad Max: Fury Road has been heralded as one of the best films of the year. It's easy to see why; although basic in plot, the visually saturated depiction of an unsaturated post-apocalyptic world makes for riveting viewing.
Following a surprising snub at the Golden Globes, director George Miller confirmed that he won't be returning to direct a fifth Mad Max movie. The original, released in 1979, was his directorial debut.
Those Mad Maxes Take Forever
Talking to Page Six after the ceremony, the 70-year-old director said:
“I won’t make more ‘Mad Max’ movies. If you finish one in a year, it’s considered a leap of faith. Start, stop, start again.
“I’ve shot in Australia in a field of wild flowers and flat red earth when it rained heavily forever. We had to wait 18 months and every return to the US was 27 hours. Those ‘Mad Maxes’ take forever. I won’t do those anymore.”
Although fans will be eager for a new installment, Miller's reasoning is understandable. The production of Fury Road was full of hurdles to overcome, namely those the director himself stated above.
Save It For A Rainy Day
As well as the final shoot taking an excruciating amount of time, an original shoot in 2010 was abandoned due to unprecedented amounts of rainfall. For an epic set in a barren desert, that's far from ideal.
The hard work and timescale has paid off though. As well as Rotten Tomatoes confirming the movie was one of the highest ranking of 2015, there's much speculation that it could win Best Picture at the Oscars.
A Furious Spin-off?
After Fury Road's success, featuring Hollywood heavyweights Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy, there is fuel to propel more additions to the movie. Miller himself suggested Theron's Furiosa was worthy of a spin-off.
If it does happen, let's hope whoever takes the reign can fill Miller's shoes.
Source: Page Six