George Miller Talks Fifth “Mad Max” Status

George Miller is well aware that pretty much every quote he has offered about a follow-up to “Mad Max: Fury Road” in interviews has been picked up and analyzed to death by various media outlets. As a result, he’s now being more cautious about what he says regarding a fifth film in the “Mad Max” series.

His newest interview with Deadline shoots down the “Mad Max: The Wasteland” title rumors to some extent, and clears up where things are now:

“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.”

Miller also confirmed that Tom Hardy will definitely return to for the role, and you won’t be seeing Mel Gibson popping up on screen anytime soon:

“Not in these movies, for a very simple reason. If Mel, who is Max in a lot of people’s memories, appeared in the next movie, it would pull audiences out of the movie for a bit, and we worked so hard to keep people immersed in the movie as much as possible. It would be like, I don’t know, seeing Roger Moore appearing in a Daniel Craig James Bond movie. It would be fun, but it would also pull you out of the experience of the movie.”

He adds that he’s “delighted the way that people have responded” to ‘Fury Road’ and that they’ve thoroughly dissected the film: “We try to put a lot of iceberg under the tip, as I like to say, and people sort of picking up on the stuff below decks, which is really great.” ‘Fury Road’ is now out on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD everywhere.