Mad Max: Fury Road will have two more sequels, indicated its director. Not only are the insane vehicular carnage’s director, George Miller, and Warner Bros. going to make sequels, they might be talking about which of the film’s two sequels should be produced first.
George Miller surprised and delighted the fans of Mad Max films by indicating there are two scripts being mulled on. Incidentally, ever since Mad Max: Fury Road was released, the director has become a legend of sorts for the film’s fans and automotive enthusiasts.
He was with Top Gear for an interview, when he clearly indicated that the production team is indeed in the possession of more than one script and that the Fury Road could have as many as two more sequels.
“We ended up with two scripts, without really trying. 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.”
As if the indication wasn’t crystal clear, Miller went on to add the following.
“We’ve got two more planned, but at some point in the future.”
This clearly means there are two sequels to Fury Road and interestingly, their order seems to be interchangeable. Mad Max movies have always been episodic, and there didn’t seem to be any real connection that hinted at sequels. The movies were based on a plot that was written for a singular movie, with vehicular mayhem and violence on wheels being the core concept.
Mad Max: Fury Road had spent nearly twenty years in various stages of development, reported Gamespot. However, the insanely long wait was worth it, when the movie released to an unprecedented welcome at the box-office. By raking in more than $300 million, the film was an international hit and was appreciated for its larger-than-life storyline and bordering-on-ridiculous stunt sequences.
But the audience more than enjoyed the custom-made cars. These art-pieces on wheels were crafted by hand, and no two vehicles looked alike. With several built for the demanding action sequences, many of them were destroyed for the sake of cinematic glory. Miller added that the creative team did dig deep into the backstory, but eventually chose to focus on the development and history of the infamous apocalyptic vehicles so crucial to the franchise, reported Polygon.
“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.”
Explaining the challenges the Fury Road crew faced, Miller added the following.
“This film 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.”
Such unforeseen forces presented many challenges, which the team continually overcame and wrapped up the shooting of the film within eight months.
“That kind of remarkable, precision-based mayhem is demanding. 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. ‘Fury Road’ was a monumental shoot, and when you look at the final film, it’s pretty clear why it took so long.”
Miller added that before he embarked on the journey of making the sequels, which would be equally, if not more, challenging, he would love to do a small film, devoid of any majestic special effects. However, given the immense success of Mad Max: Fury Road, it would be foolhardy not to make any sequels, especially since the production house already has a lot of material leftover from Fury Road.
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