Miller Settles On Idea For “Mad Max” Return

Filmmaker George Miller seems to have a better idea of his plans for the next film in the “Mad Max” series, telling EW‘s Sirius satellite radio program this week that he’s got a storyline and has talked about the film with the studio.

However, he also confirms he wants to do a smaller, quicker project first that’s nowhere near as demanding:

“Yes, I have [zeroed in on the storyline for the sequel]. And certainly [I’m] having conversations about it [with the studio]. 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.”

Then there’s the issue of Charlize Theron’s Furiosa who ran away with all the attention in “Mad Max: Fury Road”. Will she return for the follow-up and will it revolve around her?

“Yeah, she’s a pretty compelling character so it would be great to tell her story. Her backstory is really interesting. We only allude to it in this movie because this movie is on the run; people don’t have much time for recreational talk. But you pick up, you have a sense of her having gone through stuff. That’s what the film is trying to do. You’re trying to put a lot of iceberg under the tip, I like saying.

One of the things that’s really gratifying, people are reading the film more than just the surface – the events of the movie, and just picking up a lot of stuff underneath it, which is very deliberate… So in many ways, the audience is picking up a lot about Furiosa – or enough to intrigue. And she’s got an interesting story.”

Previously, Miller indicated he was developing two ideas but would only commit to doing one of them, sounds like he’s picked one.