Director George Miller is 70, and after decades of directing epic movies, he’s entitled to do whatever the bloody hell he wants – unfortunately, ‘whatever the bloody hell he wants’ does not include making any more Mad Max films.

Mad Max: Fury Road, the fourth entry in the series, was our favourite movie of last year, leaving all the competition behind in a cloud of post-apocalyptic dust. For Miller, who has directed all of them so far, it was the end of the road. 

He recently told Page Six:

“I won’t make any more Mad Max movies. 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 U.S. was 27 hours. Those Mad Maxes take forever. I won’t do those anymore.”

Fury Road was famously in development for decades – a initial 2010 shoot in Australia had to be called off when the desert sprouted grass and flowers after heavy rain, and the eventual shoot in Namibia drew criticism from environmentalists.

Then there’s the matter of the film’s star, Tom Hardy, who reportedly wasn’t the easiest man to get along with on set, and publicly apologised to Miller for the times he got frustrated, not realising the extent of the director’s vision for the film.

That’s not to say there will be no more sequels, or other films set in the Max universe. 

According to IMDB, Miller is attached to a film called Mad Max: The Wasteland as a producer, leaving the door open for someone else to direct. He has also spoken enthusiastically about the prospect of spin-off films featuring Charlize Theron‘s Furiosa character. 

Whether another director can capture the manic energy and singular dystopian style of Miller’s films remains to be seen. 

Story: The Guardian
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