George Miller doesn’t want to direct anymore Mad Max films

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Update: Miller has recently said that this interview was a misquote.

Mad Max: Fury Road was one of director George Miller’s best Mad Max films. It was a hit with critics (97% on Rotten Tomatoes) and fans and made over $375 million worldwide at the box office. With such high praises, it’s a little surprising to hear from Miller that he’s not interested in doing another Mad Max film. He revealed to Page 6 that he’s done with the series.

“I won’t make more ‘Mad Max’ movies,” said Miller. “‘Fury Road’ was forever getting completed. If you finish one in a year, it’s considered a leap of faith. Start, stop, start again. I’ve shot in Australia in a field of wild flowers 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 anymore.”

It definitely sounds like a tedious project, and with the director being 70 years old, I take it that he wants to focus on projects that don’t take “forever.”

Just because Miller may not want to direct a Mad Max movie, that doesn’t mean we won’t be getting another one in the future. He explains to Studio 360 last week that other directors can continue on with Max’s journey.

“What happened to Max after ‘Fury Road’? What happened before ‘Fury Road’? What happened to the other characters?” Miller said. “Those stories are there — probably not as the next film but the film after. I’d like to do one of them. We’ll see. As John Lennon said, life is what happens when you’re making other plans. There are so many other directors out there. People are directing younger and younger. They’re getting a real sense of cinema very, very early. There are some great directors out there.”

So what’s next for Miller? There was a rumor that he was being eyed by Warner Bros. to direct a Man of Steel sequel, although the director has smaller projects in mind, as he said to Entertainment Tonight last week.

“I’ve got something a bit smaller before we go back out into the wasteland — something that’s contemporary that we can get through fairly quickly,” said Miller. “And something with not too much technical difficulty. Something more performance-based and so on, just to clear the exhaust.”

So what kind of Mad Max movies will we see in the future? Perhaps a prequel story focused on Charlize Theron’s Furiosa? More of Max’s adventure after the events of Fury Road? What would you like to see?

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