It has been a full four years since filmmaker George Miller unleashed “Mad Max: Fury Road” onto the world, an action film that has since sat near the top of many best of film lists for not just 2015 but of the whole filmgoing decade so far.
At last report he was still developing at least one follow-up along with his new film “3000 Years of Longing” that has both Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton attached. Speaking to IndieWire this week, Miller updated the status of both of these projects.
First up, the ‘Fury Road’ sequels which have been stalled somewhat due to a legal battle over the film between Miller and studio Warner Bros. Pictures which has been going through its own trials in recent years. Miller says:
“There are two stories, both involving Mad Max, and also a Furiosa story. We’re still solving, we’ve got to play out the Warners thing, it seems to be pretty clear that it’s going to happen. It all started because of the chaos at Warner Bros. and not [now-former boss] Kevin Tsujihara, it was pre all that. He wasn’t the antagonist, because a lot of people didn’t know what was going on and were not prepared to make a definitive stand; everybody was running around fearful, it seems, through three regimes. It was hard to get anyone’s attention, so we went to litigation. The chaos has stabilized and it’s become extremely positive as the dust seems to have settled after [the AT&T merger].”
Miller also confirmed he’s still moving forward with his already-announced “Three Thousand Years of Longing” romance epic starring Swinton and Elba and which itself has had a long gestation history:
“[This is] a story in various stages of writing that had to be put aside; it’s been around almost ten years. We’re starting pre-production before the end of the year and shooting early next year… I’ve been there too often when you announce movies are going to happen and then they fall away. It happened three times on ‘Fury Road,’ and eventually, we got the damn thing made. We’re just coming out of a meeting as we speak, and we’re well into pre-production on this one. I’m cautiously optimistic. It’s going well.”
Miller famously has always taken his time with his films, gaps of 5-8 years between his directorial works are hardly uncommon at this point. That suggests any further “Mad Max” films will still be a while off.