With Mad Max: Fury Road currently in cinemas, director George Miller has revealed the title for the film’s follow-up.
Before Mad Max: Fury Road was even in cinemas, it’d been revealed that another three or four movies were being lined up. Speaking on The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith, Miller has now revealed the title of the next movie in the franchise.
The director confirmed that the official title of the next film will be Mad Max: The Wasteland before adding, “We’ve got one screenplay and a novella. It happened because with the delays and writing all the backstories, they just expanded.”
The delays that Miller makes reference to are the ones that saw Fury Road take 14 years to come to be, with the planning for the film initially beginning way back in 2001.
In an additional interesting note from another interview with The Daily Beast, writer/director Miller also revealed that Heath Ledger was at one point in his mind to play Max Rockatansky, speaking several times to the sadly-deceased Ledger about the role. Miller alluded, “He and Tom Hardy have – that maleness, charisma, and restless energy, which you need to play a relatively still character. The world lost someone great when he went. Tom was the next to walk through the door that had that vibe.”
No release date has been given for Mad Max: The Wasteland at this stage, although various reports claim that the some of the next films, if not all of them, will be prequels to Mad Max: Fury Road. Tom Hardy himself has recently revealed that he’s signed up for four more Mad Max movies.
As ever, expect more on this as it develops.
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