‘Mad Max: Fury Road‘ was undoubtedly the breakout critical and box-office success of 2015, and it is no wonder that fans of the film are eagerly awaiting news of whether or not we will be seeing any sequels or prequels in the near future. And while nothing has officially been announced, apparently Dark Horizons has recently come across a story in an Australian newspaper, The Herald-Sun, that claims that pre-production on ‘Mad Max: The Wasteland’ has begun and that the new film will be shot in the Broken Green area of the Outback. Plus, according to an update that Miller recently gave to Top Gear, there is clearly more of the world of ‘Mad Max’ that they are gearing up to explore:
“[Fury Road] was green lit three times and fell over three times over a decade. We went to shoot with Mel Gibson back in 2001, but then 9/11 happened, and the American dollar collapsed against the Australian dollar close to 30 per cent, so we lost that amount of budget overnight. We were then rained out of Australia. The desert rained for the first time in 15 years, and we ended up in South West Africa, Namibia.
But in this process, we had dug down deep into the backstory, not only of the characters, but of every vehicle. How the steering wheels became religious artefacts and things like that. So we ended up with two scripts, without really trying. We’re talking to the studio [Warner Bros] about it as we speak, but which one of the two stories will happen next, I’m not so sure.”
Of course, Miller does have other plans before returning to the ‘Mad Max’ world, which could delay any sequels or prequels even further:
“I want to do a small film without special effects before I do any of that, just to do it quickly. We shot Fury Road for eight months… that’s a lot. Every day in the heat and the dust, doing these stunts, it’s very wearing. We’ve got two more planned, but at some point in the future.”
So basically, we now know the new movie will most likely be called ‘Mad Max: The Wasteland,’ it will be shot in the Broken Green area that Miller originally wanted to shoot ‘Fury Road’ in, and the new story will be based on a lot of the unused script elements that were developed while the production company was trying to get ‘Fury Road’ off the ground. Oh, and we also know it is not going to happen all that quickly, as Miller does want to shoot a simpler movie first, but, of course, that could change quickly if the right deals were made, or the right amount of money were to be offered to the storied director.
What are your thoughts here? Would you rather wait a bit for Miller to be ready to do another ‘Mad Max’ movie, or do you want to see the new film now? Do you think they will be able to recapture the same experience again in a new film? Share your thoughts on the matter in the comments below!
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