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Is George Miller done with Mad Max?

01.12.2016

Ever since MAD MAX: FURY ROAD was met with critical acclaim, George Miller has been vocal about where the story might go from there. A sequel with Tom Hardy and even a spin-off with Charlize Theron's Furiosa has been brought up, and given how well FURY ROAD turned out, why the hell not?!? Well, this is the first time we've heard any conflicting information on that front, but evidently it comes straight from the horse's mouth. According to Page Six, George Miller is done with Mad Max.

George Miller on the future of MAD MAX:

I won’t make more MAD MAX movies. 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.

It's a little odd to hear Miller pull a 180 after his fourth film in the saga has received so much praise, but it's certainly not out of the realm of possibility. FURY ROAD was a true labor of love and Miller would never have the amount of pre-poduction time again to set up a sequel. Furthermore, it would always be compared to FURY ROAD. With that said, Hardy has signed a multi-picture deal and you can bet that Warner Bros. will be looking to go forward with more MAD MAX films, regardless of George's input. If he really is done directing, I'd hope that he'd at least stay on as a producer in some capacity.

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6:06AM on 01/13/2016

that'll do, George...

...that'll do
...that'll do
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12:01AM on 01/13/2016
It's going to be very hard to top Mad Max: Fury Road but I do hope we'll see another Mad Max movie someday.
It's going to be very hard to top Mad Max: Fury Road but I do hope we'll see another Mad Max movie someday.
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9:35PM on 01/12/2016
I hope that he didn't say that because despite Fury Road's success nobody wants to back a Furiosa movie as he intended to do.
I hope that he didn't say that because despite Fury Road's success nobody wants to back a Furiosa movie as he intended to do.
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7:27PM on 01/12/2016
From the day he spoke of the sequel, I knew this article would come. He is 70 years old, and when you watch MMFR, you can tell that Miller used every bit of ingenuity he had left in that one film. It was like he completely poured himself out. A young man can recover from that, but an older man says things like "I want my next movie to be a smaller film with little technical difficulty". He is done, and going out on top. If he feels done, then I want him to stop.
From the day he spoke of the sequel, I knew this article would come. He is 70 years old, and when you watch MMFR, you can tell that Miller used every bit of ingenuity he had left in that one film. It was like he completely poured himself out. A young man can recover from that, but an older man says things like "I want my next movie to be a smaller film with little technical difficulty". He is done, and going out on top. If he feels done, then I want him to stop.
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6:59PM on 01/12/2016

He's an old guy now

I get where he's coming from. It just tuned out o be a whole lot of pain to make the movie, and he doesn't have the endurance to do that anymore. Give the job to someone who does. It's okay.

The Other George did that too with Star Wars.
I get where he's coming from. It just tuned out o be a whole lot of pain to make the movie, and he doesn't have the endurance to do that anymore. Give the job to someone who does. It's okay.

The Other George did that too with Star Wars.
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5:38PM on 01/12/2016
Sounds about right! A film that actually deserves a sequel and one that many people actually want - they wont do. This will be one of those situations where we hear every month for the next few years that it is on and off. Then, eventually, it will be too late to make one if they ever decide to.
Sounds about right! A film that actually deserves a sequel and one that many people actually want - they wont do. This will be one of those situations where we hear every month for the next few years that it is on and off. Then, eventually, it will be too late to make one if they ever decide to.
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4:03PM on 01/12/2016
Sign Mel Gibson up to direct the next chapter
Sign Mel Gibson up to direct the next chapter
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8:12PM on 01/12/2016
I think you might have meant that tongue-in-cheek, but that would actually be awesome. Gibson is a talented director, despite his personal problems.
I think you might have meant that tongue-in-cheek, but that would actually be awesome. Gibson is a talented director, despite his personal problems.
9:12AM on 01/13/2016
I actually like this idea... and have Miller has a consultant throughout the story boards.
I actually like this idea... and have Miller has a consultant throughout the story boards.
3:34PM on 01/12/2016
This is odd to hear, since we recently heard he might be making more of them. But, I can't blame him. It'd be hard to top the series from here. But I don't want to see anyone else but Miller direct a Mad Max movie.
This is odd to hear, since we recently heard he might be making more of them. But, I can't blame him. It'd be hard to top the series from here. But I don't want to see anyone else but Miller direct a Mad Max movie.
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2:15PM on 01/12/2016
I don't see it saying he is done. He said he is done with those, so maybe he'll make more somewhere else. I hope he makes at least two more with hardy and then calls it quicks so we can have 6 all together with 3 Mel and 3 Tom.
I don't see it saying he is done. He said he is done with those, so maybe he'll make more somewhere else. I hope he makes at least two more with hardy and then calls it quicks so we can have 6 all together with 3 Mel and 3 Tom.
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3:39PM on 01/12/2016
"I won't make more Mad Max movies."
how much clearer does it have to be for you?
"I won't make more Mad Max movies."
how much clearer does it have to be for you?
1:54PM on 01/12/2016
I always feel directors and writers flip flop on their comments. Either taken out of context, they're grumpy on who's asking them, or like some people, they need that spark to get going on a project. I don't feel this is the end of Mad Max, considering Miller said the next script has been basically finished since Fury Road took so long to make.
I always feel directors and writers flip flop on their comments. Either taken out of context, they're grumpy on who's asking them, or like some people, they need that spark to get going on a project. I don't feel this is the end of Mad Max, considering Miller said the next script has been basically finished since Fury Road took so long to make.
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1:13PM on 01/12/2016
This sounds like it could be interpreted as no more Mad Max led movies but he will still make more movies within that universe based on other or new characters. OR, he's not going to film Mad Max in Australia anymore as he would shoot in other locations.
This sounds like it could be interpreted as no more Mad Max led movies but he will still make more movies within that universe based on other or new characters. OR, he's not going to film Mad Max in Australia anymore as he would shoot in other locations.
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12:57PM on 01/12/2016
Maybe he's just tired of being asked about it. There's too much contrary information for me to take this at face value. But, if it is true, I'm glad he ended it on a high note, and not with the lackluster Beyond Thunderdome.
Maybe he's just tired of being asked about it. There's too much contrary information for me to take this at face value. But, if it is true, I'm glad he ended it on a high note, and not with the lackluster Beyond Thunderdome.
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12:54PM on 01/12/2016
Look at it this way people, if this is indeed true, then it means WB is free to offer him any comic book property they have yet to make. Might even be the reason why he changed his mind. It's a win either way.
Look at it this way people, if this is indeed true, then it means WB is free to offer him any comic book property they have yet to make. Might even be the reason why he changed his mind. It's a win either way.
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1:03PM on 01/12/2016
assuming he in fact gets offered, and accepts, a comic book movie....
assuming he in fact gets offered, and accepts, a comic book movie....
12:52PM on 01/12/2016
If he is indeed serious about not returning, then I hope that Fury Road is the last one since no one could ever shoot a Mad Max film better than him.

The only other name I would consider directing a fifth Mad Max film, is Mad Max himself, Mel Gibson. Just imagine what Gibson could do with directing his own Mad Max movie with Miller's input.
If he is indeed serious about not returning, then I hope that Fury Road is the last one since no one could ever shoot a Mad Max film better than him.

The only other name I would consider directing a fifth Mad Max film, is Mad Max himself, Mel Gibson. Just imagine what Gibson could do with directing his own Mad Max movie with Miller's input.
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10:02AM on 01/13/2016
yup, Gibson would be great as a replacment and would be cool to have back in some capacity.
yup, Gibson would be great as a replacment and would be cool to have back in some capacity.
12:48PM on 01/12/2016

huh?

color me confused. he said he had settled on a story idea and just wanted to make a smaller film in between a week ago: [link]
color me confused. he said he had settled on a story idea and just wanted to make a smaller film in between a week ago: [link]
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12:40PM on 01/12/2016
Hasn't he been talking up the myriad stories and ideas he has for multiple Mad Max sequels since the last one came out? Hopefully this is just a negotiating tactic on his part. Maybe looking for more control or a bigger pay day? Can't blame him. if so. I would hate to see anyone but him make Mad Max.
Hasn't he been talking up the myriad stories and ideas he has for multiple Mad Max sequels since the last one came out? Hopefully this is just a negotiating tactic on his part. Maybe looking for more control or a bigger pay day? Can't blame him. if so. I would hate to see anyone but him make Mad Max.
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