Although there’s still a few more movies that have yet to reach their premiere dates in 2015, there’s no doubt that “Mad Max: Fury Road” will be remembered as one of the fan-favorite films of the year. Unfortunately, it looks like audiences will have to wait quite a while for its inevitable sequel to shake up the theater landscape once again.
It was previously rumored that a follow up project had been green lit with Warner Bros. under the title “Mad Max: Wasteland.” Speaking in an interview with Deadline, “Fury Road” helmer George Miller confessed that a sequel is in fact in the works, but he stopped short of confirming either the title or the release date.
“The more I speculate about what’s happening, the more I try to avoid spoilers this far out, and also I find myself talking around in circles. So the best thing I can say is that we’re definitely in discussion about making more of these, but the timing of it, I’m really not sure. Probably won’t be called Wasteland. I can say that. It was just the working title we gave it.”
It seems like bad news for fans that were expecting a release for the sequel while the buzz was still hot on “Fury Road,” but the director seems more bent on taking his time to make a good finished product than striking while the iron is hot. He goes on to say he may direct something smaller before returning to the world of “Mad Max.” Still, that doesn’t mean that there’s nothing to be excited about.
Although it may be a few years before audiences get to catch up with the outlaw driving hero, actor Tom Hardy revealed in a previous interview with Esquire that his casting as the character, formerly played by Mel Gibson in the previous movies, was considered by the studio to be a potential reboot for a new franchise. As a result, his contract includes more than one movie under the “Mad Max” banner. Still, in a world where franchises like Marvel and Warner Bros. seem enamored with the idea of announcing sequels before buzz from their recently released titles wares off, “Mad Max” seems to be taking a decidedly more paced approach. Only time will tell if the wait will translate to gold on screen.
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