Much criticism has centered on the fact that Hollywood is overflowing with reboots, remakes and revivals of beloved properties of the past. However, every once in a great while, a film comes along that proves why some projects are ultimately worth a revisit.
Mad Max: Fury Road was one of those films, as it turned out.
After more than a decade in development, director George Miller’s film – which hit theaters 30 years after Mel Gibson originated the role of Max Rockatansky – emerged as one of the most critically lauded crowdpleasers of 2015, delivering stunning visuals and an especially rich performance from Oscar winner Charlize Theron.
Set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland controlled by the tyrannical Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne), the film sees Max (Hardy) team with rebel leader Furiosa (Theron) to seek refuge and ultimately fight back.
In fact, even before its release, Miller began talking up plans for two more films with Hardy in the title role.
At a Television Critics Association event to promote his upcoming FX series Taboo, Hardy mentioned to Collider he’s game to take on a Fury Road sequel whenever it does happen, though he’s not sure what shape it will take.
“I’m anxiously waiting to find out. There’s mythology to do with Mad Max that spans copious amounts of tales.
“What’s wonderful about George is that he’s created sagas for Max and sagas for Furiosa, so it’s what he chooses to focus in on. I’m really just waiting for the call like, ‘All right, let’s get the leathers on and get back out there and do some more.’
“It’s there. I’m just waiting for it and looking forward to it.”
Hardy’s mention of stories for Max and Furiosa seems to contradict earlier reports that Fury Road sequels would barely feature Furiosa, though it’s possible that the strong response to Theron’s character has led Miller to provide her with a more substantive role in the follow-ups.
In any case, Hardy confirmed he is signed for a total of three films, the second of which may not wind up sticking to the previously leaked working title The Wasteland. Considering that Fury Road soared high above expectations and scooped up six Academy Awards last year, fans will no doubt keep a close eye on the development of its sequel.
With any luck, the film will manage to reunite Miller, Hardy and Theron, providing a true continuation of the journeys Max and Furiosa found themselves on by the time the credits rolled on Fury Road.
Only time will tell.
Robert Yaniz Jr.
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