[Mad Max: Fury Road](tag:41445) was one of the most surprising and best films of 2015, it's even being considered by many one of the all time greatest action films, and it was directed by George Miller, a man now in his 70's who directed all three previous Mad Max films.
Shortly after Fury Road's release, we heard news that Miller was going into development on the sequel titled Mad Max: The Wasteland, but now it seems the director has had a change of heart. Miller said the following to Page Six:
"I won't make more 'Mad Max' movies. 'Fury Road' was forever getting completed. 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."
It seems Fury Road took a toll on the director, and it's understandable. You'll realize how difficult a Mad Max film must be to direct if you've seen Fury Road. Understandably the director may want to retire directing big action blockbusters, and Fury Road is certainly a high note to leave on, the director re-iterated that he's looking to direct smaller films.
"I seriously would love to do something on the iPhone. It’s really an interesting exercise. It’s so available now, if you have something to say. It won’t be on an iPhone, but it’s leaning in that direction […] I don’t make many films. I have to really feel some strong gravitational pull both in the story and something to do with the technological shift. If there’s a new tool or a new process, it’s always very interesting [to me]. Yes, I have [thought about the Mad Max sequel]. And certainly having conversations about it. But I’m not sure if it’s the very next movie I want to do. I’ve got something a bit smaller before we go back out into the wasteland — something that’s contemporary that we can get through fairly quickly. And something with not too much technical difficulty. Something more performance-based and so on, just to clear the exhaust."
From these comments it seems like Miller isn't saying there won't ever be more Mad Max films, perhaps he'll just write and produce them, not direct them. The script for the possible sequel has been written. It's safe to say that Miller will be involved in the future of Mad Max in one way or another, after all, it is his creation.
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