Two years after Mad Max: Fury Road, director George Miller is still hopeful that the planned sequels will eventually be made. According to the filmmaker, they already wrote the screenplay for two other movies that will explore the backstories of the characters.
Where are Max and Furiosa Now?
It has been two years since Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) rebelled and teamed-up with Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy) to escape and then overthrow the tyrannical ruler Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne) in post-apocalyptic Australia.
The movie was a box office success after grossing over $378.9 million (from an estimated budget of $150 million). It also won several awards including six Oscars for Film Editing, Costume Design and Production Design. It was also nominated for Best Motion Picture of the Year, but the award went to Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight.
Naturally, fans would expect that there will be a follow-up to the 2015 hit. However, it has been relatively quiet on the sequel front for a while now.
In an interview with The Independent, Miller finally gives an update about Mad Max: Fury Road 2 and, it looks like, fans will have to wait longer before the next movie lands on the big screen.
The screenplay has already been written and just waiting for production. “We dug down deep into the subtext, the backstory of all the characters, and indeed the world…and without really thinking about it, we wrote two other screenplays just as part of the bible of the stories,” he explained. However, when it will be made is still up in the air. “Somewhere, if the planets align, there will be two other films,” he added.
It is hard to speculate about what kind of adventure the sequel will bring. The 2015 movie ended with Furiosa returning to Joe’s Citadel and release the people from the tyrant rule of Immortan Joe. Max was last seen walking away for parts unknown.
Not A Priority
While considered a massive success, Warner Bros. is not in a hurry to deliver the sequels to the audience. The studio currently has a lot on its plate like Fantastic Beasts which, according to J.K. Rowling, will span a total of five movies.
The company is also responsible for DC Extended Universe which adds more movies as the months go by. More recently, the Batgirl movie was announced to be spearheaded by Joss Whedon.
Then, there is also the MonsterVerse which will re-introduce kanji characters like King Kong and Godzilla to the big screen. The franchise is expected to reach its climax with King Kong vs Godzilla in 2020.
That said, Mad Max: Fury Road is not exactly a priority right now. While it has a sizable audience, the studio is reportedly aiming to greenlight fewer movies to instead focus on their many well-established franchises.
But fans should not worry about the future of the post-apocalyptic franchise. The 2015 hit movie was also stuck in development hell for years before it was released in theaters. The result, however, is a critically-acclaimed post-apocalyptic movie with a strong female character at the forefront.
Some information claim that pre-production began way back in 1997 while attempts to film the movie first began in 2001 before it was delayed after the September 11 attacks.
In 2009, Miller announced that the movie will again begin production in 2011. In the following year, Tom Hardy was cast as the lead character Max. However, filming did not begin until July 2012. Additional footages were shot by Nov. 2013.
Mad Max: Fury Road also starred Nicholas Hoult, Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Riley Keough, Zbbey Lee, Courtney Eaton and Zoe Kravitz. Whether the major characters will return to the sequels remain to be seen.
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