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Two more Mad Max films coming, says Fury Road director
George Miller confirms to TG that more car-based mayhem is on the way
You might want to sit down in a darkened room before you read this. The director of Mad Max: Fury Road has confirmed to TopGear.com that he has two more Max-themed films in the works, coming your way soon.
George Miller told us that bringing Fury Road to the screen was such a long and arduous process, he ended up with much more material for more car-based carnage.
“This film [Fury Road] was green lit three times and fell over three times over a decade,” Miller said. “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.”
So the 2001 film was temporarily shelved, Miller went off to direct Happy Feet – yeah, exactly – and came back to Max. But then rain happened.
“We were then rained out of Australia,” Miller said. “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 artefacts and things like that.
“So we ended up with two scripts, without really trying,” he added. “We’re talking to the studio [Warner Bros] about it as we speak, but which one of the two stories will happen next, I’m not so sure.”
Miller said, however, that before he makes the next Mad Max installment, he needs something a little less… frenetic. “I want to do a small film without special effects before I do any of that, just to do it quickly,” he said. “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.”
So there you have it. If you like two-hour long, supremely loud car chases with all of the explosions and all of the shouting wrapped up into something that looks like a movie, then you’re in luck. And judging by how excellently bombastic Fury Road is, we’re in for a treat…