Is George Miller preparing to leave the MAD MAX franchise in the dust?
Contrary to what he's indicated in the past, this past weekend the FURY ROAD director claimed he's through with the series. This is not the news I needed today.
Speaking to Page Six at the Golden Globes (where FURY ROAD was up for multiple awards but won none), Miller had this to say:
I won’t make more ‘Mad Max’ movies. ‘Fury Road’ with Charlize Theron, Zoë Kravitz, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Riley Keough 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.”
This flies in the face of the stance Miller had been holding most of last year. As recently as October, Miller stated he was having conversations with Warner Bros. about continuing the story of Max Rockatansky (and possibly Furiosa), after making a smaller film first. Perhaps there's still hope of that happening, but it's still a bit disheartening to discover Miller feels this way, especially in light of all the year-end love FURY ROAD is receiving from critics and the awards circuit alike.
Related to that, Miller was just nominated for the prestigious Director's Guild of America Award. Miller's competition is Ridley Scott, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Adam McKay and Tom McCarthy. FURY ROAD also snagged a Producer's Guild Award nom last week, so it's basically guaranteed the film will be nominated for Best Picture and Best Director Oscars in a few days. Maybe George will change his mind if he wins?