Last month Mad Max: Fury Road star Tom Hardy revealed he had a contract for another three Mad Max movies, should George Miller’s Fury Road perform well at the box office.
Reviews for Fury Road have been all positive, with many calling it the best film of the year, and the best action film in a long long time. Even our notoriously hard to please Dr Lenera very nearly gave the film a perfect score!
However, even with the strong reviews, the box office performance has been good, but not great. Made on a budget of $150 million, the film opened in the US to a pretty impressive $44 million, but it’s not a huge figure. Continuous positive reviews will probably drive more and more people into the cinema to see it, and should a sequel be confirmed, Miller already has a script and a title for it.
Miller confirmed to the Q&A Podcast that the next Mad Max film will be called Mad Max: The Wasteland. “We’ve got one screenplay and a novella. It happened because with the delays [on Fury Road] and writing all the backstories, they just expanded” Miller said.
While we wait for confirmation of the next film, don’t expect it anytime soon. Fury Road took a very, very long time to film, and Hardy is a very busy and in demand actor, so fitting in with his busy schedule could be tricky.
It is also doubtful that Charlize Theron will return as he experience making the film was far from enjoyable, at times. She recently told Esquire about the grueling shoot, and her various confrontations with Hardy:
“We fuckin’ went at it, yeah. And on other days, he and George [Miller, the director] went at it. It was the isolation, and the fact that we were stuck in a rig for the entire shoot. We shot a war movie on a moving truck — there’s very little green screen. It was like a family road trip that just never went anywhere. We never got anywhere. We just drove. We drove into nothingness, and that was maddening sometimes. And it’s material that’s really frightening — we didn’t have a script. Tom and I are actors who take our jobs seriously. Both of us want to please the directors we work with, and when you don’t know if you can deliver on that, it’s a frightening place to be — and for Tom more than me, because he was stepping into big shoes.”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”–the fourth in the franchise’s history–stars Tom Hardy (“The Dark Knight Rises”) in the title role of Max Rockatansky, alongside Oscar(R) winner Charlize Theron (“Monster”, “Prometheus”) as Imperator Furiosa.
“Mad Max: Fury Road” also stars Nicholas Hoult (“X-Men: First Class”) as Nux; Hugh Keays-Byrne (“Mad Max,” “Sleeping Beauty”) as Immortan Joe; and Nathan Jones (“Conan the Barbarian”) as Rictus Erectus. Collectively known as The Wives, Zoe Kravitz (“X-Men: First Class”) plays Toast, Riley Keough (“Magic Mike”) is Capable, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”) is Splendid. They are joined by supermodel Abbey Lee Kershaw as The Dag and Courtney Eaton as Fragile, both of whom are making their big screen debuts. Also featured in the movie are Josh Helman as Slit, Jennifer Hagan as Miss Giddy, and singer/songwriter/performer iOTA as Coma-Doof Warrior.
The cast is rounded out by well-known Australian actors John Howard, Richard Carter, supermodel Megan Gale, Angus Sampson, Joy Smithers, Gillian Jones, Melissa Jaffer and Melita Jurisic.
George Miller is directing the film from a screenplay he wrote with Brendan McCarthy and Nico Lathouris. Miller also produces the film, along with longtime producing partner, Oscar(R) nominee Doug Mitchell (“Babe,” “Happy Feet”), and P.J. Voeten. Iain Smith, Graham Burke and Bruce Berman serve as executive producers.
The film arrived in cinemas 14th May 2015.