When recently talking with TopGear, director George Miller told them that a sequel to Mad Max: Fury Road will come and he already has two scripts filed and ready for when he gets to work on a followup.
Talking with Top Gear, George Miller said:
(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 about it as we speak, but which one of the two stories will happen next, I’m not so sure. 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.
As much as Mad Max: Fury Road has been critically acclaimed in the most part and mostly adored by film fans, let’s remember that before everyone seen this film many were believing that the project was doomed for a) taking this long to get finally underway and b) the difficulties on set during the process of the film. Mad Max: Fury Road ended up making over $374m worldwide on a $150m budget, which I’d say considering the worries before the films release, it’s done well enough to warrant sequel status with the buzz since then. I can understand with the process however that Miller wants to go small budget next before returning to the Wasteland to continue the Mad Max universe. The question becomes will he get the studio to greenlit before scripts and we get a new Mad Max trilogy or merge the two scripts as one? Better believe one of them scripts will focus on Charlize Theron’s Furiosa character.
Mad Max: Fury Road is on DVD and Blu-ray now.