When George Miller said earlier this week that he was done with the Mad Max franchise, fans across the world were understandably disheartened. The good news is, it now looks like he didn’t say that at all.
During an interview with the Wrap, Miller said that he was misquoted in the Page Six story that spawned all of the “Miller retires from Mad Max” stories and that the noisy red carpet atmosphere was partially to blame. You can check out an excerpt of his comments below and feel free to breathe a sigh of relief as you do.
“That was a completely garbled interview. I was in New York and it was so noisy and the journalist was asking me questions on a red carpet at the National Board of Review … She completely got the wrong fragments of information that were just not true. I said no, [another ‘Mad Max’ movie] will not be next, and she took that to mean I never wanted to make another ‘Mad Max.’ It won’t necessarily be next, but I have two more stories.”
In other words, the news is: There is no news. That last bit is essentially what Miller has been saying all along and it looks like the director won’t be so quick to move on from the franchise that has largely defined his career.
Those who are chomping at the bit to see the director head back to the Outback will be disappointed to hear that he may take on another project in the interim, but the big picture is that reports of Miller’s departure have been greatly exaggerated.
Mad Max: Fury Road has been nominated for Best Picture at the 2016 Academy Awards and the film has been an international sensation, grossing almost $400 million. The sequel for the film (Mad Mad: The Wasteland) has yet to set a release date — perhaps due to the uncertainty surrounding Miller’s interest — but we’ll be sure to update you soon as news breaks on that front.