Say it ain’t so George! Please, say it ain’t so…
I’ve only seen a few outlets posting news on this and I’m surprised it hasn’t taken the internet by storm – seeing as Mad Max Fury Road was a bonafide hit, both critically and commercially. With a nod for best picture (drama) at the Golden Globes and a fresh, new nomination for Miller himself from The Director’s Guild of America, you would think this is only the beginning for a Mad max resurgence and a new movie would be a forgone conclusion. Maybe for the studio but, apparently, not for George Miller.
Speaking to Page 6, Miller revealed what it was like making Mad Max Fury Road and the tolls it took on his process and, most definitely, his well being.
“I won’t make more ‘Mad Max’ movies,” said Miller. “‘Fury Road’ was forever getting completed. If you finish one in a year, it’s considered a leap of faith. Start, stop, start again. 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.”
Then what the heck was all that talk about another movie and a solo outing for Charlize Theron’s Furiosa? Was there nothing behind those statements? Did he change his mind? I get that it took forever to complete – I get that Miller is approaching the twilight of his career but, seriously, with all that talk – an update almost daily -why change your tune now?
As I went digging, through Coming Soon, I found a different quote where Miller seems to be taking a page from another George – as in Lucas; in which he thinks of handing the reigns over to a new crop of highly regarded filmmakers. Here he is discussing the future of Mad Max after his, inevitable exit (via Studio 360)
“What happened to Max after ‘Fury Road’? What happened before ‘Fury Road’? What happened to the other characters?” Miller said. “Those stories are there — probably not as the next film but the film after. I’d like to do one of them. We’ll see. As John Lennon said, life is what happens when you’re making other plans. There are so many other directors out there. People are directing younger and younger. They’re getting a real sense of cinema very, very early. There are some great directors out there.”
Okay, see I’m confused. Does he want to make one of those stories or not? Granted, his interview with Studio 360 is older than his latest when talking with Page 6. Did he just change his mind? Is he tired of all the press and (now) award shows? Does he just need a nap? These are the questions I have now. Because it sure seems (from Page 6) that he’s done with the franchise.
Fury Road would be his ultimate swan song, no doubt. Three years it took to complete and based on all those stunts, yeah, I’m sure it was a rough process. But maybe there’s a chance he’ll co-direct, as he did with Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome and George Ogilvie? Never say never. Aside from this pure speculation and a rumor that he was up for Man of Steel 2, time will only tell what he will do next. I know for many in the Mad Max fanbase, there’s only one, real answer. And that’s another Mad Max.
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