There was a little confusion about Mad Max’s future when reports were released saying that George Miller was out of directing possible sequels. Perhaps it’s because Mad Max: Fury Road received a few Oscar nominations, but the consensus is that George Miller’s quotes about not returning for future films were taken out of context.
At the time, Miller told Page Six about his plans.
“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.”
Anyone who had loved the original films and the current Mad Max was devastated about the possibility of George Miller sitting out the next movie, seeing as he’s the voice of Mad Max’s story. That said, fans should rejoice, as George Miller is set to return to direct the next Mad Max film.
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The director told the Wrap about the interview with Page Six, calling the whole thing “garbled.”
“That was a completely garbled interview. I was in New York and it was so noisy and the journalist was asking me questions on a red carpet at the National Board of Review.”
He continued, “She completely got the wrong fragments of information that were just not true. I said no, [another ‘Mad Max’ movie] will not be next, and she took that to mean I never wanted to make another ‘Mad Max.’ It won’t necessarily be next, but I have two more stories.”
If you think this might be the director clearing up a statement given the Oscar nominations, you aren’t the only one.
George Miller: “I’m done with Mad Max!” (Oscar nominations come out) “Well actually hold on a second…”
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So, what’s next for George Miller? We’re not exactly sure, but here’s what we do know about the upcoming installment to the Mad Max series. According to Miller, the next film will be titled Mad Max: The Wasteland. And even though Tom Hardy might have been difficult for some of the crew to work with, as pointed out by many sources, the actor is contracted to star in three more Mad Max films.
At the time, the actor said, “Everything’s based on figures and how things are perceived. Inevitably it’s a business.”
There was also a popular feud that supposedly brewed between he and co-star Charlize Theron, who was the break out star of the film.
When Esquire asked the actor about the feud, he said, “That’s disappointing. I think she is f****** awesome. I think she’s incredible. I think she’s one of the most talented actresses of our generation. But it’s very interesting, the concept of what danger is, and this has nothing to do with Charlize of Mad Max, actually, but this has to do with life in general.”
It was said that Charlize and Tom didn’t get along because Hardy stayed in character, and Theron was uncomfortable with that.
“Professionally, they are doing a wonderful job, but in-between takes Tom likes to stay in character and is constantly talking to himself and mumbling things. Charlize has tried to talk to him during breaks in filming but he shuts himself off from the rest of the cast.”
— Variety (@Variety) January 14, 2016
Mad Max: Fury Road racked up 10 Oscar nominations, including Best Motion Picture, Directing, Cinematography, Editing, Sound Mixing, and more.
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