With critics raving, fans cheering and the box office exploding with the greatness that is Mad Max: Fury Road, it came as quite the shock few days ago when it was reported that director George Miller was done with his post-apocalyptic works, especially when he had, on several occasions said that he had several more films in the oven starring Mad Max. And now that Fury Road has received several Oscar nominations, two for Miller himself for Best Picture and Best Director, Miller took some time to speak to TheWrap to clarify what was reported was a gross misquoting.
“That was a completely garbled interview. I was in New York and it was so noisy and the journalist was asking me questions on a red carpet at the National Board of Review,” he said. “She completely got the wrong fragments of information that were just not true. I said no, [another ‘Mad Max’ movie] will not be next, and she took that to mean I never wanted to make another ‘Mad Max.’ It won’t necessarily be next, but I have two more stories.”
This lines up with what Miller had said to Studio 360 just a few days before about the possibility of more Mad Max Adventures.
What happened to Max after ‘Fury Road’? What happened before ‘Fury Road’? What happened to the other characters?” Miller said. “Those stories are there — probably not as the next film but the film after. I’d like to do one of them. We’ll see. As John Lennon said, life is what happens when you’re making other plans. There are so many other directors out there. People are directing younger and younger. They’re getting a real sense of cinema very, very early. There are some great directors out there. “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,” said Miller to Entertainment Weekly last week. “And something with not too much technical difficulty. Something more performance-based and so on, just to clear the exhaust.”
Of course it is still way to early to say anything definite, but with the Blu Ray/ DVD sales going through the roof and with Miller about to turn 71 this year, who knows if we will ever get to see Miller behind the camera for another Mad Max, or maybe he will pass the torch to one of those younger directors he spoke of. I personally grew up on Mad Max (wearing out a VHS copy of Beyond Thunderdome) so as long as I get more wasteland goodness, I’ll be a happy camper, but what do you think? Should Mad Max continue without Miller or should we just hold out until he is ready to helm another actioner?