George Miller Talks “Mad Max 5” Development

With the financial dispute between Warner Bros. Pictures and filmmaker George Miller having come to a close earlier this year, hope that Miller will give us a follow-up to “Mad Max: Fury Road” has grown brighter.

Miller is currently prepping to shoot the mystery action project “Three Thousand Years of Longing” which stars Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton and begins shooting in March. Speaking with Deadline today, Miller confirms he plans to do the next “Mad Max” right after.

In fact, he confirms he’s already developing it even as he preps ‘Longing’:

“I’m not done with the Mad Max story and I think you have to be a multi-tasker and there’s certainly another Mad Max coming down the pike after this. We’re in preparation on that as well. It’s an interesting question, the idea of multi-tasking

I discuss this with other filmmakers and I think what happens to me is that when you’re working on one thing, and you get so distracted and focused on that one thing, it’s like a creative holiday to focus on the other one for a bit. It helps you achieve that objectivity, to look at the thing afresh each time and say, I thought I was doing this, but it doesn’t seem to be the case now.”

‘Longing’ is set in interior locations and featuring plenty of dialogue versus Fury Road‘s more action-heavy and often wordless action. Miller says the differences in tone keep his creative streak alive:

“The more different the films are, the more interesting that is. A really good example: I was working on Happy Feet Two while Fury Road was getting up and then falling down. They couldn’t have been more different. One was animation, the other live-action. It worked for me.”

“Mad Max: Fury Road” opened in 2015 and was a critical smash along with being a solid box-office hit. The film has recently come back into the zeitgeist thanks to its placing either at the top of or near the top of many ‘best films of the decade’ lists that have been published in recent weeks.