Australian director George Miller directed the first Mad Max in 1979. Since then he has directed Mad Max 2, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome and Mad Max: Fury Road. The latter became the best-reviewed film of 2015 according to Rotten Tomatoes and reignited the cult following of Mad Max. However, Miller has decided to call it a day with his pet franchise, despite stating in the past that he had 2 possible films lined up.
Speaking to the New York Post at the Golden Globes, Miller stated that the troubled production of Fury Road was what convinced him to give it up:
“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 US was 27 hours. Those Mad Maxes take forever. I won’t do those any more.”
Miller had originally intended to film Fury Road, which had already spent two decades in limbo, in the New South Wales outback but had to abandon the shoot when the desert location sprouted grass and wildflowers after heavy rain. Seriously, what are the chances?
As stated before, his latest comments contradict previous ones when Miller claimed he had two possible sequels. The most recent comment to that effect occurred during an interview with Entertainment Weekly earlier this month when he claimed the character of Furiosa (Charlize Theron) was a “pretty compelling character” and stated his interest in making a spin-off focused on her. The fact that he has changed his mind quickly is bewildering to say the least, but it also leaves open the possibility that he will allow other directors to pick up where he left off.