A few weeks ago filmmaker George Miller was reluctant to speak about further adventures in his “Mad Max” film series, but all the stunning reviews and healthy box-office for “Mad Max: Fury Road” seems to have changed the Australian filmmaker’s tune.
Whilst nothing has been announced regarding a fifth entry in the series, Miller revealed to The Q&A Podcast this week that he already has an idea for a title: “Mad Max: The Wasteland”.
Several years ago, Miller reportedly had a direct follow-up to ‘Fury Road’ in mind that would be called ‘Furiosa’ and would likely have centered on Charlize Theron’s character. Today though it sounds like he has other ideas – specifically ‘Fury Road’ is now being pegged as the first of a trilogy, and star Tom Hardy has signed on to reprise the character several more times.
Asked about how the follow-ups are progressing, Miller says: “We’ve got one screenplay and a novella. It happened because with the delays [on ‘Fury Road’], and writing all the backstories, they just expanded.”
Miller has also gone into detail about the film’s long and troubled history of getting to the screen, a feat that has taken almost two decades. He has confirmed that at one point Heath Ledger was under serious consideration for the Max role.
Speaking of ‘Max’, the Alamo Drafthouse has released a new PSA about turning off cell phones in the cinema. Both Miller and actor Hugh Keays-Byrne, who plays the villain Toecutter in the first “Mad Max” and the main villain Immortan Joe in the new ‘Fury Road’, are involved in the piece which you can see below: