Almost everyone remembers where they were the first time they saw Mad Max: Fury Road. A visual and technical marvel, it was a 120 minute sensory assault designed almost from the ground up to blind, deafen, and ultimately intoxicate. The car chases. The depiction of humanity reduced to a set of barbaric, petrol-worshipping tribes. Even when compared to the Mad Max films of past, there's never been a film quite like it.
Few films in the last decade have managed to capture the imagination of the movie-going public like Fury Road did, and despite the truly monstrous amount of money they sunk into building the film's mind-numbing visual effects, it paid dividends, with fans left itching for more like a War Boy left short on Chrome and the film walking away with $300 million at the box office to boot.
Now, it seems that we're set to return to the Outback once more, with director George Miller confirming that another Mad Max is indeed coming.
Speaking to Deadline about his upcoming film Three Thousand Years of Longing (a romance that's about as far away from Fury Road as you could imagine), Miller said that he was juggling work on the two films as they spoke.
“I’m not done with the Mad Max story and I think you have to be a multi-tasker and there’s certainly another Mad Max coming down the pike after this,” Miller said. Miller is credited as the creative visionary who acted as the driving force behind the explosive return of Mad Max on to movie screens. 58 critics named Fury Road the best film of the year — more than any other film — and Miller received numerous Best Director accolades for his work on the movie, including nominations for both a Golden Globe and an Oscar.
“We’re in preparation on that as well. It’s an interesting question, the idea of multi-tasking. I discuss this with other filmmakers and I think what happens to me is that when you’re working on one thing, and you get so distracted and focused on that one thing, it’s like a creative holiday to focus on the other one for a bit. It helps you achieve that objectivity, to look at the thing afresh each time and say, I thought I was doing this, but it doesn’t seem to be the case now.”
Unfortunately, it could still be a while before Tom Hardy's Max returns to the silver screen. Filming on Longing, which stars Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton, isn't due to start until March next year.