Mad Max: Fury Road is one of the most popular movies of the year — in addition to great reviews and decent box office, you just have to look at our Movie Culture roundups for how big a fan phenomenon it has become — so it’s time for Warner Bros. and filmmaker George Miller to get serious about those sequels that he teased back in May. And they seem to be doing just that.

Here’s the latest:


There are two Mad Max: Fury Road sequels planned

“We’ve got two more planned,” Miller confirmed recently to BBC’s Top Gear, “but at some point in the future.” The writer-director explained that he spent so much time getting Fury Road made that he “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, he wound up with enough material for the sequels. “We ended up with two scripts, without really trying,” he stated.


Miller isn’t sure which one he’ll do first

The filmmaker didn’t elaborate on what those two scripts entail, though in the past we heard that one was focused on Charlize Theron’s now-iconic character, Imperator Furiosa. And there’s also been a title of Max Max: The Wasteland thrown out into the world. Whatever they’re about, he and Warner Bros. are currently trying to choose between the pair for which installment will be the first to follow Fury Road. “We’re talking to the studio about it as we speak,” he revealed, “but which one of the two stories will happen next, I’m not so sure.”


Before either of them, he’s directing something else

Although there were rumors that Miller might make Man of Steel 2 his next directorial gig, the director, who came very close to helming a Justice League movie a while back, is not making another attempt at giving his take on the DC superheroes. In fact, he’s staying far away from anything so big and blockbuster-like. “I want to do a small film without special effects before I do any [more Mad Max movies], just to do it quickly,” he explained to Top Gear. He also recently told Digital Spy this project will also involve “not many stunts.”


So maybe some stunts?

When we think of Miller’s smaller movies, most of them still have special effects (see Babe: Pig in the City and The Witches of Eastwick). And then there’s the drama Lorenzo’s Oil, which doesn’t have effects or stunts. That’s the kind of very different picture we can expect, probably. Something that will feel like a break for the guy who spent more than a decade developing and then eight months shooting this year’s greatest action spectacle.

“It’s very wearing,” he told Top Gear in reference to Fury Road‘s stunt work in the heat and why he needs to take it easy this time around. But after that, the now-70-year-old filmmaker should be ready to get back out there for more vehicular mayhem.





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