George Miller Says He Will Never Make Another Mad Max Movie

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 - 2:03PM
Mad Max: Fury Road
Tuesday, 12 January 2016 - 2:03PM
Against all odds, Mad Max: Fury Road became a commercial and critical success, cited by many as not only the best action movie of the year, but one of the best films of the year in general. It has made most prominent top ten lists for 2015, has been nominated for Best Drama and Best Director at the Golden Globes and is considered to be an Oscar contender. A sequel seems like a no-brainer, and at least one has been confirmed to be in pre-production; but unfortunately, it looks like George Miller, the visionary behind Fury Road, won't be returning to the franchise.
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"I won't make more 'Mad Max' movies," Miller told Page Six. "'Fury Road'... was forever getting completed. If you finish one in a year, it's considered a leap of faith. Start, stop, start again.

"I've shot in Australia in a field of wild flowers and flat red earth when it rained heavily forever. We had to wait 18 months and every return to the US was 27 hours. Those 'Mad Maxes' take forever. I won't do those anymore."
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Last we heard, the sequel was in pre-production under Miller with the working title of Mad Max: The Wasteland. Tom Hardy, who is contracted for up to three more sequels, was set to return, and Theron's status was up in the air. After the grueling shoot in the sweltering deserts of Namibia and Western Australia, it seems that Miller is ready to hand over the reigns to another director. 

This is terrible news. I didn't love Mad Max, but even I have to admit that almost everything that was special about it came from George Miller's unique aesthetic and visual style. Without Miller, and possibly without Charlize Theron's amazing performance as Furiosa, as she has expressed reluctance to return to the franchise as well, it's hard to imagine the sequels rising above typical action movie fare.
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