If you’re a fan of the Mad Max franchise, brace yourself for a bit of a gut punch.
Sunday night, at the Golden Globe Awards, director George Miller told Page Six “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.” He went on to add “I’ve shot in Australia in a field of wildflowers and flat red earth when it rained heavily forever. We had to wait 18 months and every return to the U.S. was 27 hours. Those Mad Maxes take forever. I won’t do those anymore.”
Ouch. There’s not much equivocating going on there.
It looks like Miller is determined to move on to greener, less post-apocalyptic pastures. Still, actors and directors aren’t always the most reliable of sources when it comes to their own careers, so there’s always the possibility that he may eat his words later.
If he is in fact done with the franchise, he’s certainly ending things on a high note. Mad Max: Fury Road grossed nearly $400 million dollars and was nominated for Best Picture, Drama at the 2016 Golden Globes, while Miller was nominated for Best Director. Though the hardware went to The Revenant and Alejandro González Iñárritu respectively, Fury Road was certainly among the most beloved films of 2015.
Before this news broke, many expected that Miller would return for the upcoming Mad Max: The Wasteland (release date TBA), the sequel to Fury Road, but it looks like someone else will be stepping in to helm that project. No word yet on who that might be, but we’ll be sure to keep you posted.