George Miller has been doing promotional interviews in recent weeks for the Blu-ray/DVD release of the Summer’s most acclaimed film “Mad Max: Fury Road”. It’s well known that in fifteen or so years he had to prepare ‘Fury Road,’ he planned out the film enough for at least one if not two more sequels.
Appearing on Top Gear this past week, Miller spoke about the setbacks and confirms he’s talked to the studios about the scripts they have and what might go next:
“This film [Fury Road] was green lit three times and fell over three times over a decade. We went to shoot with Mel Gibson back in 2001, but then 9/11 happened, and the American dollar collapsed against the Australian dollar close to 30 per cent, so we lost that amount of budget overnight….
We were then rained out of Australia. The desert rained for the first time in 15 years, and we ended up in South West Africa, Namibia. But in this process, we had dug down deep into the backstory, not only of the characters, but of every vehicle. How the steering wheels became religious artifacts and things like that.
So we ended up with two scripts, without really trying. We’re talking to the studio [Warner Bros] about it as we speak, but which one of the two stories will happen next, I’m not so sure.”
Miller confirms he’s like to do a small movie next with limited special effects and no stunts:
“I want to do a small film without special effects before I do any of that, just to do it quickly. We shot Fury Road for eight months… that’s a lot. Every day in the heat and the dust, doing these stunts, it’s very wearing. We’ve got two more planned, but at some point in the future.”