George Miller brought us back to the world of Mad Max back in 2015 with one of the greatest action films of all time, Mad Max: Fury Road, a film that cast Tom Hardy in the role of Max Rockatansky and introduced another franchise icon with Charlize Theron‘s Furiosa. The film grossed nearly $400 million worldwide at the box office and won a whopping six Oscars! Each and every one of them well deserved! In my opinion, Fury Road is an astounding achievement in the world of cinema, and easily one of the craziest, most awe-inspiring films I've ever witnessed.
So why the hell hasn't the film received a sequel, you ask? Well, with legal issues clearing up, it sounds like Miller actually plans on making more than one follow-up to Fury Road, and he offers some updates in a chat with Indiewire this week.
"There are two stories, both involving Mad Max, and also a Furiosa story," Miller told the site. "We’re still solving… we’ve got to play out the Warners thing."
He added, "It seems to be pretty clear that it’s going to happen."
When Miller mentions the "Warners thing," he's talking about a legal battle between his company and Warner Bros., which almost derailed the franchise’s future entirely.
"It all started because of the chaos at Warner Bros. and not Kevin Tsujihara, it was pre all that," Miller explained to Indiewire. "He wasn’t the antagonist, because a lot of people didn’t know what was going on and were not prepared to make a definitive stand; everybody was running around fearful, it seems, through three regimes. It was hard to get anyone’s attention, so we went to litigation. The chaos has stabilized and it’s become extremely positive as the dust seems to have settled after [the AT&T merger]."
Long story short, now that the legal issues are finally being sorted out, it sounds like Max and Furiosa will be returning for another ride on Fury Road. If all goes as planned, potentially three sequels are on the way! Let's just hope Tom Hardy is open to reprising his role!