Reviews for “Mad Max: Fury Road” have been astonishing with absolute raves across the board for George Miller’s action epic. So it’s not entirely surprising that people have been asking the Australian filmmaker about when a follow-up will take place.
Asked the question by British trade magazine Empire at the Cannes Film Festival this week, Miller gave the best possible answer to the question:
“Being asked that questions feels to me like being a woman who’s just given birth to a really big baby. And then someone asks you, ‘When are you having your next baby?’ We only finished 12 days ago. I’m just not recovered enough to get into it… If we get the appetite again to go back out into the wasteland, there’s other films we want to do. That’s the answer I can give this moment, now: I’ve just come out of labour.”
Miller has also spoken about the film’s Los Angeles premiere the other week where he and star Tom Hardy were joined by the original Mad Max himself, actor Mel Gibson. Miller went into detail about Gibson’s reaction to the film (via SMH):
“I sat with him next to me, and Tom [Hardy, Gibson’s replacement] right behind us. We hadn’t seen each other for a long time. Mel is someone, in a sense, who cannot lie. He started chuckling through the movie and I thought, ‘Ah, that’s the chuckle I remember’. Then he started digging me in the ribs. Then he started asking me about the actors, because he’s about to direct a film [Hacksaw Ridge] in Australia.”
It is quite well known that the production was problematic at best, with stars Hardy and Charlize Theron reportedly clashing with each other and Miller at points. During the Cannes press conference, Hardy used the opportunity to publicly apologise to Miller for any problems he may have caused. He tells Indiewire:
“For seven months, I think the most complicated or most frustrating thing was trying to know what George wanted me to do at any given minute so I could fully transmute his vision. Because he’s orchestrating such a huge vehicle, literally, in so many departments, because all the vehicles are moving and the whole movie is just motion, I have to apologize to you [looking at Miller] because I got frustrated. There was no way that George could have explained what he could see in the sand when we were out there… I knew he was brilliant, but I didn’t quite know how brilliant.”
“Mad Max: Fury Road” is now open in cinemas.