In a recent interview, Director George Miller told Page Six that he will no longer make the Mad Max films. “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.”
This statement comes as a shock, because soon after the release of Mad Max: Fury Road, Miller spoke about possible sequels. Initially the sequel was to be called Mad Max: Furiosa, thus taking advantage of Charlize Theron’s successful character. But only a few months later, Miller stated that the working title for the sequel was to now be called Mad Max: Wasteland. Even going onto say that Furiosa would not be present in the sequel, but there would be a connection between her and Max in the second film.
However, after recent news of Miller’s departure from the Mad Max franchise, we may never see the future of Tom Hardy’s version of Mad Max. No other reason has been said about the end of the franchise other than Miller’s recent comments. It does come as a surprise though, considering Hardy signed on for at least two more films. The franchise may get passed onto a different director, but Miller has stated in the past that he would never let anyone carry on the director duties of Mad Max.
Does this come as a surprise to you? Are you relieved that there won’t be anymore Mad Max films, or are you disappointed? Let me know!